‘We are loyal to Na­jib’

> Wanita chief praises pres­i­dent’s lead­er­ship

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY HAIKAL JALIL

KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita Umno yes­ter­day pledged loy­alty to party pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak, call­ing him the best among pre­vi­ous lead­ers.

Its chief, Tan Sri Shahrizat Ab­dul Jalil, said the is­sues cur­rently sur­round­ing Na­jib, who is prime min­is­ter, were merely a po­lit­i­cal plot en­gi­neered by the Op­po­si­tion to serve its own agenda.

Such is­sues in­clude the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the trou­bled 1Malaysia De­vel­op­ment Ber­had (1MDB), she added.

“Na­jib, as party pres­i­dent and prime min­is­ter, is the best leader. I have al­ready served with three pres­i­dents and I am con­fi­dent that he is the best.

“Sev­eral is­sues faced by him to­day, for ex­am­ple the 1MDB is­sue, are the Op­po­si­tion’s po­lit­i­cal agenda and that of sev­eral other in­di­vid­u­als.

“Their po­lit­i­cal agenda is to bring down the gov­ern­ment of Na­jib. If he was not the prime min­is­ter or pres­i­dent, 1MDB would not have be­come an is­sue,” she said in her speech at the Wanita Umno an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at the Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre.

Shahrizat had served as a Cabi­net min­is­ter dur­ing the ten­ure of for­mer prime min­is­ter and Umno pres­i­dent Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad, who left the party due to dis­agree­ment with Na­jib, par­tic­u­larly on 1MDB mat­ters.

Ma­hathir and a few other Umno dis­si­dents have formed their own po­lit­i­cal party, Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia, and are work­ing to­gether with the Op­po­si­tion.

Shahrizat said she was dis­ap­pointed with Ma­hathir for berco­molot (Malay slang for kiss­ing) with DAP’s Lim Kit Siang, once his po­lit­i­cal arch ri­val.

“It is most sad­den­ing to see our for­mer leader in ca­hoots with the Op­po­si­tion.”

BERNAMAPIX

Na­jib is given a rap­tur­ous wel­come as he ar­rives for the Wanita Umno assem­bly.

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