KUALA LUMPUR, May 17, 2015:
“Improvements are happening before our very eyes, but I know that many would rather look at the bad and continue to harp on never ending rumours, half-truths, and spins,” says Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
The sixth Prime Minister, in his blog today, answered some recent questions and issues that he said were raised by “certain parties”, including that of the murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shariibuu, claims of him being a worse leader than his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and the possibility of BN losing the next general election, among others.
Altantuya’s case was on the top of his list as he again reiterated that he had nothing to do with her murder, saying that it was a nine-year-old case that continued to be “recycled” by the Opposition.
“The people must take into account that in politics, many issues keep being played up, and this is one of them.
“It became hot at a time when I was PM-in-waiting and the Opposition needed a way to prevent me from advancing.
“Because the two bodyguards had worked for me, and Razak Baginda was a friend and associate, they tried to connect the dots to me. They even went as far as to superimpose a photo of me dining with the victim in a restaurant.”
Najib went on to question the need for “veteran leaders” to raise the issue years after it had been concluded.
He asked why the issue was not raised much earlier if they believed that the allegations against him were true, as these “influential individuals” had many resources.
He also said that the lengthy court case had given enough time for those involved in the case to say what they needed to say.
“Are they disputing the very judicial system that they put in place?
“Why are we listening to individuals whose testimony have already been given and who have been found guilty of the crime?”
‘Claims that BN will lose in the next GE are nothing new, yet we are still here.’
In his answers to the list of Frequently Asked Questions, Najib said that many had continued to believe that the end was coming for the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional (BN), but even after five decades of such claims, the party was still at the top.
He said that if he got the support he needed to continue with his transformation programmes and if the coalition members remained united, focusing on work instead of the propagation of “rumours, spins and half-truths”, BN would maintain its success.
“A clear plan has already been set in motion. We have started to see the fruits of our efforts. Our GDP has been growing around 5-6% since I took over and we are well on our way to achieving a developed economy by 2020.”
Najib listed the economic highlights that were achieved under his administration and that included, among others, reaching the “best ever” independent scoring on corruption, based on the Transparency International Index, the highest ever Foreign Direct Investment, a decelerating debt-to-GDP ratio and budget deficit, and reaching an all time high in the WEF’s most competitive economy index, overtaking Australia, France, Austria and South Korea.
“While everyone is free to criticise me and list all my ‘failures’, it is also important to recognise how far we have come in the last six years in order to have a fair view of things.
“In the last general election, BN won 11 state governments compared with nine in the previous GE. We regained Kedah, maintained Terengganu and solidified our position in Perak.”
‘Crooked Bridge: There is no question of whether we have enough courage to go up against Singapore.’
Recently, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in his blog, had written that Najib was scared of Singapore and hence why the latter had not gone through with the plan to build a crooked bridge between Malaysia and Singapore.
Najib responded to this in his FAQ, saying that the bridge was not built not because of the lack of courage, but because the government was committed to adhere to all the agreements it had signed with the neighbouring country.
“Our Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has advised the government regarding the legality of any modification to the Johor Causeway under international law.
“If it is built in place of the Johor Causeway without the express permission from Singapore’s PUB, we will be in breach of property rights under international law.
“We have improved relations with our southern neighbours to a point where we are now engaged in projects and ventures that are a win-win proposition for both countries.”
Although in the posting, Najib did not specifically mention Dr Mahathir, the address of the entry suggests that the FAQ were answers to all claims and questions raised by the latter and this is seen in its URL, http://www.najibrazak.com/bm/tun-m-faq/.