Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (5th from right) with Indian Progressive Front's (IPF) president Senator Datuk M. Sambanthan (7th from left) and Barisan Nasional secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (4th from right) gesture during the IPF’s 25th general assembly at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) in Serdang. Pic by ASWADI ALIAS.

SERDANG: The lack of unity among opposition parties bodes ill for the country if they were to take the helm, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Najib took a jibe at the opposition for having too many figureheads in their coalition, saying that the different parties could not move in tandem.

"Just look at their structure. No political party in the world has three captains in their ship. They have a de facto leader, a president and a chairman but until now, we do not know who is the 'tauke besar' (the real leader).

"This certainly does not make sense. In reality, the only common aim they have is to topple the government and they are mired with different ideologies and personal agenda," he said at the closing of Indian Progressive Front's (IPF) 25th general assembly at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS).

Najib said the fact that the opposition leaders had no history of cooperating together was dangerous for the country.

"When there is an unstable coalition, our country and the people will bear the brunt. One of the reasons why Malaysia continues to develop successfully is because of political stability.

"Look at other countries which are plagued with political instability. Chaos and internal conflicts are prevalent.

"Therefore, we need to defend this stability because the opposition leaders share the same bed but not the same dreams," he said.

The opposition, Najib said, had no specific agenda when it comes to the development of the Indian community, unlike Barisan Nasional which came up with the Malaysian Indian Blueprint (MIB).

"We have mutual understanding and we have friends of BN like the IPF, whose loyalty we appreciate.

"Maybe we could not fulfil IPF's requests entirely, but I am working towards convincing other parties to work together with IPF.

"What is important is not positions (in the administration) but the future of the Indian community and the country as a whole," he said, adding that the government appreciated the women of IPF, who make up 60 per cent of the party.

Also present were BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and IPF president Senator Datuk M. Sambanthan.

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