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Monday, July 26, 2021

Najib teases an ‘extraordinary’ Wednesday at Dewan Rakyat


Najib Razak was criticised for keeping quiet today but says he is not one to interrupt other MPs, unlike ‘Jelutong’ or ‘Lid’. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: After drawing flak for remaining quiet against the government in the Dewan Rakyat today, in contrast to his activity online, former prime minister Najib Razak said his critics and supporters should wait for his turn to be in action on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, Najib defended himself against criticism of his apparent silence, saying he was not usually the noisy one in Parliament, quipping that he was not “Jelutong or Lid” – a reference to RSN Rayer, MP for Jelutong, and Khalid Samad of Shah Alam.

Najib, who is MP for Pekan, said it was rare for him to interrupt other MPs or to even raise a point of order, even when in the opposition during Pakatan Harapan’s time in power.

“As I mentioned in an earlier posting, I have asked for some time to be given during the finance minister’s briefing. I haven’t received any confirmation, but I hope I get it.

“Wait for my turn to be in action on Wednesday. I guarantee that it will be extraordinary,” he added.

In his earlier post, he said there was no point in going all out to defend the government or to just criticise Putrajaya, adding that what was needed was leadership to overcome the health and economic crises.

Najib and other Umno leaders had drawn criticism from MUDA’s Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and some netizens for failing to criticise the government in Parliament despite being critical of the administration on social media.

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who was absent today as he is Covid-19 positive, had previously announced that the party intended to withdraw its support for prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin. - FMT

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