Published on: Friday, February 15, 2013
He confirmed that the selection of the 727 Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates was nearly complete.
"Now we are in the process of verifying the security and backgrounds as well as checking with MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) and others before we finalise the list," he told reporters after the meet-the-people programme at the town field, Thursday.
On his meeting with BN leaders in Sabah on Wednesday, Najib who is also BN Chairman, said in general he was satisfied with the level of understanding among the component parties in the State.
"There was no serious problem but only at the grassroots level perhaps due to no proper coordination. But overall I am satisfied with the Sabah BN," he said.
In this respect, he said everyone should not be too preoccupied with speculating on the election date but carry on with their responsibilities.
"Now I am on the ground explaining the policies and direction spearheaded by BN. We want the people to understand that a vote for BN is a vote for the country's transformation agenda and a vote for peace and stability for a brighter future," he said.
Earlier, he told the 40,000 people who were at the gathering that opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was never sympathetic towards the people of Sabah when he (Anwar) was Deputy PM for two terms.
"Now he puts on a sad face, trying to show that he sympathises with Sabah, which he claimed does not receive enough allocations," he said.
He said all Sabahans knew what Anwar did to Sabah during his tenure as DPM and Finance Minister.
"He even banged the table making demands to the State Government É what did he want?" he asked. "Gambling licence," shouted the crowd.
"This is what the people of Sabah said, not me," Najib said.
In this respect, he hoped the people would not fall for the empty promises made by the opposition. "They (opposition leaders) have different dreams ...that is why they cannot guarantee a more secure future for the people," he said, adding the people should be wise in choosing a government with the power and capability to fulfil the promises made to them.
"We (Barisan Nasional) will always carry out transformation towards something positive or better for the people's own future.
We don't want an uncertain future and to do things that will be questioned by the people," he said.
On hand were Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Najib's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Umno Vice President Datuk Shafie Apdal, State Assembly Speaker, Datuk Salleh Tun Said, Papar MP Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, Papar Umno Chief, Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail, Kawang Assemblyman, Datuk Ghulam Haidar Bahadar Khan as well as State Cabinet ministers.