KUCHING — All of Barisan Nasional’s incumbent members of parliament will meet coalition chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Putrajaya today.
The meeting will take place at the caretaker prime minister’s official residence Seri Perdana, starting at 9am.
“My guess is that the (caretaker) prime minister wants to thank them for their loyalty to the Barisan Nasional and service to the nation,” Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri James Masing said yesterday.
Masing said the meeting does not only involve the 25 incumbent MPs from the Sarawak Barisan Nasional, elected in 2013, but also from other states as well.
He said the meeting is not about presenting them with Letters of Authority to contest in the general election.
“That is another issue altogether and will be done at a later date,” the deputy chief minister explained to Malay Mail.
Meanwhile, addressing 5,000 present and former Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) students in Subang, Selangor yesterday, Najib said the survival of key bumiputra institutions like Mara depends on BN remaining in power.
He said the Opposition will dismantle the bumiputra development fund if it wrests power.
“As long as Umno-BN is in power, I guarantee Mara will continue to exist and expand,” Najib said at the “Saya Anak Mara” gathering held at the UniKL Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (MIAT).
“But with the other side, any institutions that are inconsistent with their ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ agenda, I believe they will do something to it.”
“Malaysian Malaysia” is a campaign slogan used by DAP.
Najib said Malays must continue to back the ruling coalition to preserve Malay institutions like Mara.
Mara, formed in 1966, was the brainchild of Najib’s late father and the country’s second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, who initiated the trust fund to help bolster bumiputra socio-economic status through education.
Mara now has an 18,000 strong workforce with 569 offices, eight of them based abroad.
Some of the agency’s educational institutions are prestigious, like the Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) that boasts a highly successful alumni that include some of the country’s past and present leaders.