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BN leaders pledge support for Najib amidst controversies

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Nikita Nawawi
Written by Nikita Nawawi

KUALA LUMPUR – July 8, 2015: Leaders of the Barisan Nasional component parties who were contacted today pledged their support for Datuk Seri Najib Razak in face of the ongoing controversies which surround the prime minister.

MCA central committee member Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker expressed his support for Najib and called for the public to be fair by giving time and fair hearing to him.

“I will continue to support Najib’s leadership, unless he is convicted for the alleged crime; which then he needs to go.

“We cannot brand a person as a criminal solely based on a media report. We must be cautious, going by the media frenzy that is based on selective reporting,” he said.

Ti reiterated that the public must not be too quick to condemn someone and avoid trial by media.

“Be wary of political masters and schemers who are manipulating the press to usurp power,” he added.

Ti said that even a reputable publication such as Wall Street Journal (WSJ) had been proven unreliable in the past after the daily was sued by Singaporean government in 1985, 1989 and 2008 for defamation.

“We have to give some space and time to get to the bottom of this allegation. WSJ could be wrong; their sources might have hidden political agenda.

“One thing for certain, there will always be issues being raised in a country. Even during the tenure of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, he had faced some onerous challenges but we managed to sail through,” said Ti.

Answering question on whether Najib is becoming a liability to BN, especially with the next general election scheduled to be held in less than two years, Ti disagreed.

“We still have a long way to go. The perception today may change tomorrow.

“Three months ago, there were many concerns being put forth including the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)’s RM42 billion funds which were claimed a loss but it had been proven to be untrue.

“This is politics; Malaysians must be mentally prepared to be fed with sensationalised stories to capture their support,” he added.

Last week, WSJ had alleged that 1MDB had diverted some US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) meant for Corporate Social Responsibility programs towards Najib’s personal bank accounts.

The New York-based daily yesterday released a batch of documents online that purportedly shows how the money was moved from 1MDB into the prime minister’s personal bank accounts.

The flowcharts and bank documents uploaded by WSJ relate to transactions in March 2013, December 2014 and February 2015 that purportedly ended up in Najib’s accounts.

MIC vice-president Tan Sri S Balakrishnan had similarly expressed his support for Najib.

“Najib is a good prime minister. He cares about the people and takes a really good care of the community.

“I do not want to comment on the accusations by WSJ as they could be mere rumours. The daily could issue any statement, or present pictures to back their allegations but they cannot be trusted.

“I will wait for the legal action to be taken against them. Najib is innocent until proven guilty,” he said.

Yesterday, Umno grassroots leaders contacted by The Mole had also assured their allegiance towards the party president.

Shah Alam division chief Datuk Azhari Shaari, who said his support for Najib remains intact described the allegations against the premier as absurd.

“It does not make any sense for Najib to do that. Even the opposition’s ulamas are more sensible than others.

“There are many other ways if Najib truly wanted to steal the money rather than bulking it in two local accounts. This is just one of the ploys by irresponsible parties to bring him down,” he said.

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Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi is an up-and-coming writer who started his involvement in the media industry serving established local English daily, before joining The Mole in October 2014 as journalist.