It is in­de­ci­sive in de­cid­ing who will be PM, says Na­jib

New Straits Times - - Front Page - SIPITANG

PRIME Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak has la­belled the op­po­si­tion as an “Ali Baba pact” for its in­de­ci­sive­ness in nam­ing its can­di­date for prime min­is­ter should it win the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion.

He said the op­po­si­tion had in­stead only agreed on a deputy prime min­is­ter-des­ig­nate sans any hint or a con­sen­sus on the No. 1 post.

Na­jib said what was “weirder” was that the op­po­si­tion’s deputy prime min­is­ter can­di­date would de­cide who would be the prime min­is­ter from the fold.

He said the op­po­si­tion could not de­cide on whether PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail, her hus­band and PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim or Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) president Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin, among oth­ers, would be the prime min­is­ter can­di­date.

“They (the op­po­si­tion) only agree on who should be­come the deputy prime min­is­ter, but who will be­come the prime min­is­ter? Is it Dr Wan Az­izah, An­war or Muhyid­din?”

“Even weirder, the (op­po­si­tion’s) deputy prime min­is­ter will de­cide who will be the prime min­is­ter. This is an Ali Baba pact,” Na­jib said in his speech yes­ter­day to launch the Sin­du­min-Kam­pung Me­lalia road project as part of the Pan-Bor­neo High­way here in Sin­du­min town.

Na­jib’s poser on the op­po­si­tion’s conundrum came on the heels of the on­go­ing de­bate in the op­po­si­tion fold on who would be its prime min­is­ter can­di­date, fol­low­ing PPBM chair­man Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad’s in­volve­ment with Pakatan Hara­pan.

On Feb 11, Na­jib, who is also Barisan Na­sional chair­man, tweeted that DAP ad­viser Lim Kit Siang was in fact Pakatan Hara­pan de facto leader, as his party has the most op­po­si­tion seats in Par­lia­ment.

“Lim is Pakatan’s de facto leader. DAP should stop hid­ing it. Vot­ers know DAP has the most seats among the op­po­si­tion and Lim calls the shots,” Na­jib said.

DAP holds 37 out of 89 op­po­si­tion seats, while PKR’s share of seats stands at 28. Other op­po­si­tion par­ties with much fewer seats are Pas (14), Parti Amanah Ne­gara (6), Parti Sosialis Malaysia (1), PPBM (1) and Parti Warisan Sabah (2).

Ear­lier this year, for­mer DAP vice-chair­man Tunku Ab­dul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim al­leged that Lim had struck a deal with Dr Ma­hathir to ap­point his son and PPBM deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Ma­hathir as prime min­is­ter. Mukhriz has since de­nied the claim.

In De­cem­ber, it was re­ported that Lim had mooted for Dr Wan Az­izah and Muhyid­din to be the “in­terim” prime min­is­ter and deputy prime min­is­ter re­spec­tively, while An­war would re­main the prime min­is­ter-des­ig­nate.

The con­fu­sion be­gan in Septem­ber when Dr Ma­hathir was quoted in a re­port say­ing “the most likely prime min­is­ter (can­di­date) will be Muhyid­din”. Nev­er­the­less, Dr Ma­hathir later ap­peared to have walked back on the state­ment and said he could not de­ter­mine who should hold the post.

In his speech yes­ter­day, Na­jib also said the Pakatan Hara­pan pact tended to “main buyuk”

(cheat) for mak­ing empty prom­ises to the peo­ple.

He said un­like the op­po­si­tion, the gov­ern­ment worked hard to ful­fil its com­mit­ment to the peo­ple, as seen in the re­al­i­sa­tion of the Pan-Bor­neo High­way project. “In the penin­sula, we call it

‘tem­berang’ (cheat or lie). You can say it, you can even prom­ise (to do some­thing), but your prom­ises are only a lip ser­vice.

“But for me, my com­mit­ment as the prime min­is­ter is real, and the Pan-Bor­neo High­way is our gift to the peo­ple of Sabah.”

He also re­futed the op­po­si­tion’s claims that the coun­try was a “failed state”, cit­ing the RM12.86 bil­lion Pan-Bor­neo High­way project, which is of world-class stan­dard.

In an ap­par­ent jab at Dr Ma­hathir, Na­jib said a leader who had been “at the coun­try’s helm for 22 years” could not per­ceive the im­por­tance of such a project in East Malaysia.

“He did not ini­ti­ate Pan-Bor­neo High­way, but only the North-South Ex­press­way in the penin­sula. It is un­fair for the peo­ple of Sabah to see only those in the penin­sula en­joy in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment.

“I have done this not ex­pect­ing any­thing in re­turn. But, when the time comes, don’t for­get about me and BN. There is one Chi­nese proverb which I like: if you drink the water from a well, don’t for­get the per­son who dug the well,” said Na­jib.

Dur­ing the event, Na­jib also pre­sented ap­point­ment let­ters to con­sul­tants and sur­vey­ors in­volved in the project.

Present were Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Deputy Chief Min­is­ter and State In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitin­gan, Works Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Fadil­lah Yu­sof and Sipitang mem­ber of par­lia­ment Datuk Sa­pawi Ah­mad.

Lim Kit Siang

Datuk Seri Mukhriz Ma­hathir

Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad

Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail

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