KUALA LUMPUR, 30 March 2009: The Barisan Nasional (BN) never subscribes to the opposition way of pointing fingers at government leaders during election campaigns, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today.
“That’s the opposition style. We do not subscribe to this style of campaigning. It is important that we should prove our determination and sincerity in wanting to develop the country in the people’s interests,” he said.
“That is what the people want, and we will eventually win their trust. Hurling accusations will take place in politics even if we do not condone that,” he told reporters after launching the Puncak Baru project in conjunction with the redevelopment of the Kampung Baru weekend market site here.
Abdullah said he had never engaged in the practice of accusing people because he felt that it was not good politics.
On the statement by Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein that Umno was the first to demand independence, he said this was true.
“The Malays were the first to demand independence under Datuk Onn (Jaafar). Then, after Tunku Abdul Rahman (Putra Al-Haj) took over, the Alliance comprising Umno, MCA and MIC came into being, representing the Malays, Chinese and Indians,” he said.
He said their struggle culminated in independence.
Abdullah said the present government retained the approach by having discussions among the people within their respective parties, besides the government adopting decisions based on consensus at cabinet meetings. — Bernama