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All Datuk Seri Najib Razak has to show after 100 days in power is an alarming increase in crime and murder cases, and other problems affecting the country.

PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar (pic), at a press conference at the Islamist party's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today, said he viewed the rise in crime and murder as a failure by the Prime Minister.

Mahfuz stressed that it was affecting stability in the country.

Mahfuz, who is also the Pokok Sena MP, said Najib has also failed to give a clear picture of nation building efforts as the rakyat struggled to cope with the rising cost of living.

"There is no help coming to ease the people's burden," he said.

"After the general election, the people continue to grapple with cost of goods going up. I am confident that the price of chicken and meat will not come down after it was increased during Ramadan and Hari Raya."

Mahfuz voiced concerns that Najib was emulating former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's style of administration by spending big and creating many white elephant projects.

"Pak Lah, in a book, revealed that if he had listened to Dr Mahathir, Malaysia would have gone bankrupt... I fear Najib will follow suit," said Mahfuz, referring to Dr Mahathir's successor, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

"The country's debt level is also increasing. In the first quarter of 2013, it was RM508.9 billion, compared to RM501.6 billion in the corresponding quarter in 2012".

The PAS leader also said that Najib and the rest of the Barisan Nasional leadership, especially the ones in Umno, was seen to be paying more attention to the upcoming party elections slated for October.

"Because of this, he has not been able to identify the crisis the country is facing,” Mahfuz said. – August 19, 2013.

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