Najib berkata (juga dilapurkan oleh Berita TV3 malam tadi, 25 Jan), Pas menipu kerana terus berkempen di Batu Talam walaupun memboikot piliharaya kecil di sana. Anda terima pandangan Najib? Anda percaya?
Opposition Play-Acting Continues, Says Najib
RAUB, Jan 25 (Bernama) -- Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak says the Opposition's play-acting continues as they are now on the ground campaigning, giving talks and distributing pamphlets in the area despite a decision to boycott the Batu Talam by-election.
"The Opposition is play-acting with politics. Initially, they said they wanted to boycott while their machinery is now on the ground either to instigate Batu Talam voters not to vote or to choose the independent candidate," he told reporters here.
The Deputy Prime Minister said based on letters and brochures that he had obtained, there were PAS leaders requesting their supporters in Batu Talam to deny Barisan Nasional's (BN) candidate a landslide victory in the by-election.
"They said in the letters that they must assist the independent candidate so he would not lose his deposit. It seems that they are also not confident that the independent candidate can win. Their objective is to deny BN a huge majority.
"We want to inform Batu Talam voters that words from the Opposition cannot be trusted. If they had said they wanted to boycott this election, their leaders should not be in Batu Talam. Instead, they are here. They have their talks and machinery and their brochures are being circulated. This is an example of play-acting politics by the Opposition," he said.
On PAS holding talks in the area recently, Najib said the police would monitor the activity and it was up to them to take action.
On BN's target of securing more than 3,000 votes in the polls, he said that would depend on the number of voters going out to cast their votes this Sunday.
"God willing, we will secure more than 3,000 votes. That is why the Opposition tries to discourage voters from going to the polls. If the percentage of votes drop to between 50 and 60 per cent, they can deny us the huge majority that BN desires," said Najib.
The Batu Talam by-election is held following the demise of its assemblyman Datuk Tengku Paris Tengku Razlan last Dec 27.
It will see an independent candidate Ng Chee Pang going against the BN candidate. Polling day is this Sunday.
Commenting on the recent BBC Asia Today interview with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Najib said the government under Abdullah needed time to achieve the planned targets and objectives.
"The Prime Minister has expressed his desire to lead us, and we accept it favourably. We know in terms of planning, the five-year period is too short.
"So we need to look at a longer time-frame for all our programmes to move effectively and smoothly until the objectives and goals are realised," he said.
Speaking at the gathering earlier, Najib said the existence of national- type schools should not be disputed by any party as it was provided by the National Education Act.
He said although such schools had been defined as part of the national education system, the Opposition would always play up the issue, claiming that Umno was trying to close them down.