SHAH ALAM: The people should give the government a chance to solve the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue and not prejudge it.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said if the people have faith in the government then no issue is too big to be solved.
"With your support, we will overcome all economic and political challenges. Even 1MDB can be resolved.
"We have announced the rationalisation programme for 1MDB, give it a chance to succeed ... allow it to be resolved. If there are any wrongdoings then let the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) investigate and take action accordingly," Najib said.
He also told the Opposition not to politicise the issue in an attempt to overthrow the government, as BN has been democratically elected to serve the people for five years in the 13th General Election.
Najib, who is the Finance Minister, also defended the government policies such as the raising of toll prices and the Goods and Services Tax (GST), saying that the government cannot be populist in its administration.
"It is easy to say that the government is not sensitive to the people, but something has got to give. You can't say 'don't raise anything' – if revenue goes down then what choice do we have?" he said.
Najib said the fall of crude oil prices is one of the major contributing factors as even Petronas will be paying significantly reduced dividends next year.
He said Petronas had informed him that they will only be paying RM9 billion in dividends next year, whereas they have paid RM26 billion in dividends this year.
Najib also said that Budget 2016, which will be tabled in Parliament in the coming Parliament sitting, will be one of his most difficult so far and he is thankful that GST is providing additional revenue.
"I know the people are cursing GST, but without it we will have to increase other taxes. Only one out of ten Malaysians pay taxes.
"And yet you only need to pay RM1 for seeing a doctor, RM5 for consultations in a government hospital, RM500 for a bypass operation, and we have paid RM580 million in compensation to toll concessionaires.
"Now the Public and Civil Service Employees Unions Congress (Cuepacs) is asking for three-month bonus. One month bonus is RM5.6 billion, three months is more than RM15 billion. Where do we find RM15 billion?" he said.
Najib added that the government cannot take loans to finance more projects as this will put the country in debt, eventually making Malaysia a failed state.