Vigneswaran: Malaysia lost statesman with BN being ousted in GE14

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KUALA LUMPUR: The country “lost” a statesmen in Datuk Seri Najib Razak after the Barisan Nasional (BN) was ousted during the 14th General Election (GE14) in 2018.

MIC president Tan Sri S. A. Vigneswaran in saying this took to task quarters who alleged BN of disrespecting the sovereignty of the country’s legislation’s.

Such allegation, he said, was proven wrong following the change of government administration from BN to PH following the GE14 outcome under the laws and was free from any untoward incidents.

“We also lost a statesman in Datuk Seri Najib Razak (who was the prime minister during the previous BN-ruled federal government) who took the responsibility by not only handing over his powers (the administration of the country) peacefully but also stepped down as the president of the party.

“Let us give him a round of applause,” said Vigneswaran in his speech at the day-long BN convention here today.

The smooth transition of powers between BN and PH following the GE14 outcome, he said, also showed that BN is responsible political pact committed towards the safety, peace and wellbeing of the nation.

“We will always uphold the Federal Constitution. This is unlike certain prime Ministers in the past, who had lost the vote of confidence in Parliament, but still wished to assume the post again,” he said.

Vigneswaran also urged BN to end all forms of backpedaling, which will only be detrimental towards the future of the coalition as a “winnable and electable force”.

“When we field a candidate in the election, we should not see them as merely a Malay, Chinese or Indian candidates.

“In fact, there are election machineries that failed or refuse to operate, which led to the failure of a component party to win the seat.

“This ‘jumud’ thinking must end. Let us look at the bigger picture. Let us avoid from repeating the same mistakes by looking them as a candidate for BN.

“Their victory is a win for BN,” he said.

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