GEORGE TOWN (Aug 27, 2008):
The Barisan Nasional must strengthen its resolve and redouble its efforts to show real and concrete results for various reforms, Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said today.
“Only concrete results in the reforms as promised to the people would restore the people's confidence and repect for the BN as the ruling coalition and also for the judiciary, the executive, the civil service and the police,” he said in a press statement.
Koh pointed at the BN's defeat in the Permatang Pauh by-elections on Tuesday as another wake-up call for the BN.
“While the by-election results showed the preference of the Permatang Pauh voters, BN must take serious note that it may be reflective of the overall perception and feeling of Malaysians elsewhere,” he said.
He said BN must acknowledge and address the people's dissatisfaction and even disenchantment with the establishment for what was perceived as a lack of commitment, communication and concrete results especially in the past two years.
The Penang BN Chairman said reforms must also encompass the major nation-building policies and strategies for the country in the various spheres, such as the economy, education system, environment and quality of life, which should include improved public transportation, and affordable and better housing.
“The government should also find ways to enhance the opportunities for Malaysians to increase their income as well as to reduce the cost of living and the cost of doing business,” he said.
He urged BN and its various component parties to review and revive its policies and programmes to enable BN to continue to be relevant, especially to the younger generations.
“Gerakan will proceed with our own internal reforms, while pushing for major reforms within the BN and the government,” he said.
He added that Gerakan will continue to be a voice of the people within and outside the BN.
“We will also push for viable solutions,” he added.