Selangor Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Mohamed Azmin Ali today said the central government's failure in steering the country in the right direction has led to the people increasingly expressing their dissatisfaction.
Azmin said he understands the situation because the people have been given ample time and space to gauge the government's direction in developing the country.
Although it has been seven months since the coalition government was formed, he said the people have only been presented with unnecessary developments that violate pre-election promises.
He added that during this critical period, the people are being increasingly burdened with difficulties, especially concerning economic issues and the cost of living.
The country needs good leadership to lead the nation, not celebrities, said the Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman during a speech at the Selangor PN Election Convention in Shah Alam.
"Now is not the time to sing the 'Oh Azizah' song", he added, referring to Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim's penchant for breaking into the P Ramlee number to sing praises of his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
"We want to sing the people's song. The people are suffering."
This was followed by a video clip showing Anwar singing songs at various events.
Azmin further said that the people now need leaders who will diligently engage with the people to identify their problems and drive the country's economy.
"Not leaders who just sit in the office.
"We want leaders who will drive the country's economy and focus on national growth. Not leaders riding a buffalo," he said as video clips of ministers that had gone viral before were played and met with laughter from the audience present in the hall.
Azmin said that due to these unresolved issues, the real problems that burden the people persist.
So it is not surprising why the people are becoming increasingly "weary" and often express frustration on social media, he added.
"Did you hear? Yesterday, they were in power... today, the oil price dropped.
"Has it dropped?
"If the oil price doesn't drop, we will bring it down," he said.