Sunday, 6 April 2008

Allow others to speak and listen to wht they have to say - Muhyiddin

Umno vice president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, concerned with the present situation in the coalition, said Barisan leaders, including Umno, should undergo a drastic change and allow others to speak up, while also listening to what others had to say.

"We must listen to what others say and if what they said is the truth or right, we should accept it or say they are right," he said.

"We cannot stop or prevent any party leader from speaking up.

"I say this as I am very concerned with the present situation," he said after attending a Pagoh Barisan Nasional thanksgiving kenduri Saturday, the Star reports.

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He also said The Barisan Nasional Government should initiate a major shift in the way it manages the country, as the people now can see what the opposition parties provide in the five states they won in the recent general election.

Muhyiddin Yassin said that things had changed now and the people could compare what they had in the Opposition-controlled states and what the Barisan Nasional-controlled states provided.

Muhyiddin also said that there was a need for Umno Johor to form a special think-tank to look into the people's needs, to better understand their aspirations and feelings towards Barisan and also Umno.

He said that he had proposed this to Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman at the state Umno liaison meeting and Abdul Ghani was receptive if it would strengthen Umno.

He said that the think-tank, comprising specialists from various fields, would also provide guidelines to help party leaders with strategic political plans to regain the people's confidence.

"Although Johor was not badly hit by the political tsunami, we cannot continue to be lulled into taking things for granted," he said.

"We must work hard from now on to ensure that Umno and Barisan Nasional remain strong in Johor."

(The general elections over almost a month now and the Barisan Nasional(BN) - and Umno - is stilll talking the walk. There are just too many areas that the BN and Umno need to change. But how... when the rejects, recycled and useless Umno "leaders" are brought back and given a new lease of life by the PM himself?).

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