Najib seeks mandate 'to keep pledges'

Thousands of Malaysians throng rally as PM seeks fresh term to go on fulfilling promises

PM Najib with action superstar Jackie Chan at a fund-raising dinner for a Chinese school. They played the Chinese drums together to launch the event. -- PHOTO: THE STAR /ASIA NEWS NETWORK

As election fever gripped Malaysians, thousands flooded a municipal field in Kuantan for Prime Minister Najib Razak's final Promises Kept rally where he called on voters to support his ruling Barisan Nasional (BN).

PM Najib yesterday told them he needed a new mandate to continue fulfilling his promises up to the target date of 2020.

"When Parliament is dissolved with the consent of the Agong soon, we will ask for a new mandate from the people to allow us to keep fulfilling our promises," he said.

In the last stop of a 13-state pre-election roadshow held in the capital of his home state Pahang, he also announced several promises such as the construction of 20,000 affordable houses in Kuantan. Also, RM100 million (S$40 million) would be allocated to solve traffic and flood problems in the state capital, he said.