PUTRAJAYA — May 4, 2017: Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi, the country’s No. 2, today pledged his loyalty and strong support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the face of the trials and slander the latter has had to put up with.
According to Zahid, the political arena was witnessing the persecution of Najib as the leader of the administration and that, as the No. 2, he himself was feeling the effects.
“Certain quarters are deliberately attacking the centre of gravity, the prime minister, who heads the institution of leadership, to paint a bad picture of the government, and this must be addressed.
“As the No. 2, I will not leave the prime minister to face the tribulations all by himself, but will stand by him,” said Zahid when closing an international conference here on the role of loyalty in prospering the nation.
Zahid elaborated that his pledge was not a spur-of-the-moment decision but came after careful consideration of the demands of religion, thoughts and culture from the perspective of Malaysia.
He said the tendency by some to import foreign culture made the country’s political arena no longer a platform to find consensus but one that was used to conspire and spread slander and insults.
He also said that the political culture of populism that seemed to provide a special licence to politicians to make promises which they did not fulfil after gaining power was also a scenario in local politics. – Bernama