Despite what he’s going through Najib manages a lighter side

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – September 21, 2018: The unprecedented loss of Barisan Nasional in the May 9 general elections has unveiled many stories about former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and in between the doom and gloom, he is still able to show a bit of humour and a cheeky side.

Through the years Najib was seen mainly as a formal and mundane guy who could figuratively bore someone to death with his speeches, strained neck veins and all.

These days however Najib has shown a different side to his personality, often infusing irony, sarcasm and even pop culture references. 

“The Lynas factory in Kuantan has been operating for six years. So far there have been no reports of any Wolverine or Professor X roaming about in Kuantan,” read Najib’s latest post on Facebook.

He was referring to the now-defunct Pakatan Rakyat-backed protest in 2012 against a rare-earth plant in Gebeng over concerns of radioactive illnesses and mutations because of alleged harmful waste.

Wolverine and Professor X are the main mutant superheroes from X-Men, a fictional American comic book turned blockbuster movies created by Stan Lee and co-written Jack Kirby.

Last week, Najib posed a tongue-in-cheek query to the Pakatan Harapan government over the weakening of the ringgit against the US dollar, which at that time was RM4.15. Today it’s RM4.13 to the dollar.

“Before the election Pakatan leaders kept saying ‘Najib down, ringgit up!’ It’s weird I have been down for four months but the ringgit continues to go down too. I wonder why?” he wrote on September 12, also at Facebook.

And soon after Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng issued a statement to rebut Najib, claiming the ringgit was among the world’s best performing currencies after Pakatan formed government in May.

But Lim’s explanation opened another avenue for Najib to continue trolling him because the former cited how the ringgit had only depreciated for 2.2 per cent against the greenback since the end of 2017 to September 11.

“Before this he did a decimal point error. Now he has done a date error. The change of government happened on May 9, 2018, not the end of 2017. You (Lim) don’t have to be so defensive and confusing,” Najib wrote.

After many on social media pointed out how Lim had mistakenly referred himself in the statement as the Hong Kong finance minister, Najib changed his Facebook default picture to a photo of him being on the verge of sarcastically crying.

Two weeks ago, Najib cynically asked if September 3 was the official ‘Surprise Day’ on Twitter and the tweet was retweeted over 15,000 times and garnered more than 13,000 likes.

“What day is today? Is it Surprise Day?” read the tweet which was an obvious sarcasm to the expression of shock by Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull over the acquittal of Lim on that day from corruption charges.



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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.