Najib talks backPosted: April 22, 2008
Previously on this blog here, I wrote about Dr Mahathir publicly announcing that he no longer supports Najib to be the next Malaysian Prime Minister, and he feels that there are other people in UMNO that might be more qualified than Najib.
Today, Najib has spoken. And he actually talks back.
Najib: I’m not a coward
KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 (Bernama) — Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Monday brushed aside a claim by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that he was a coward for failing to speak up about the real reasons behind the Barisan Nasional’s dismal performance in the recent general election.
“I’m not a coward,” the Umno deputy president said when asked to comment on Dr Mahathir’s claim made in Manchester, England, on Saturday after the latter had given a talk at the University of Manchester.
Najib said: “It is not a question of being ‘Mr Yes Man’ or being not brave enough or afraid because I hold to the principle that the best way is to have an organised transfer of power, in a respectable way. That would be meaningful and would determine that the party’s interests are not undermined,” he told reporters.
He said the transfer of power should be given the chance to take place in a respectable way as all decisions in the short term would have an impact on Umno.
“If we do anything at this time, when Umno and BN are not as strong as they were prior to the general election, we will need time to rehabilitate Umno,” he said.
Najib, who refuted claims that there were cracks in Umno, did not rule out the possibility that the party would be split if there was a tussle for power and the leadership.
“I am not saying that there is a split but if there is a leadership crisis, there may be a repeat of the 1987 and the (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim crises. The question is whether the BN and Umno can afford to undergo such a scenario again,” he said.
Full article here.
So now he’s proven that he’s not a “yes-man” by saying no to Dr M.
I guess he didn’t have choice, really, except to say that he’s not a coward. Reminds me of a certain someone who said that he’s not a lembek person…
Well, we’ll just wait and see.