Saturday, March 17, 2007

Najib Denies Internet Rumour Of Differences Between Him And PM.

Can there be smoke without fire? Rumours have been making their rounds not only on the net but at private 'talkshops' also, about strained relations between Pak Lah and the DPM. Some have insinuated that the first son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin has plans to move in on Najib at the opportune time.

Some have even predicted that the Razak Baginda-Altantuya court case will be the point of revelation of certain information which will lead to Najib's downfall. To be fair there have also been other equally unverified rumours that the trial will ultimately result in Razak Baginda being released and everything goes back to square one and semuanya ok.

With such varied and diametrically opposed views about the relationship between the nation's top two pemimpin, I had assumed that the leadership would have totally ignored these unfounded rumours. Therefore it is a bit of a surprise that Najib had actually come out with a statement refuting this khabar angin. Read the Bernama report on this below.

** Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak refuted rumours in the internet that there are differences between him and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Describing the rumour as a "myth", he said his relationship with the Prime Minister was very close and strong in steering the country's development.

"Being the number two in the country, I always strive to assist the Prime Minister in the country's administration and so on for the good of the country.

"Don't listen to the stories in the internet...they are all a myth," he said in his speech at the Pekan Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) gathering and lunch, here.

Najib said efforts by certain groups in holding ceramah to criticise him
including in the Pekan parliamentary constituency were aimed at poisoning the mind of the people against him.

"We should not react hastily, we must stick to principles and the truth...what is important is that we understand and know who will help us," he said.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the people were now capable of evaluating the country's leadership and had the right to choose the best and most suitable leader.

"This year, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the country's independence, and we should be thankful for being citizens of Malaysia which is developed and strong compared to some other countries.

"This achievement can be attributed to several factors and one of them is effective leadership because we have had leaders with vision, dedication and well planned programs for the good of the people," he said.

As such, the people must be together with the government to remain united in continuing the country's development agenda, Najib said.**

So what do you feel about the 'dismissal' of these rumours by Najib? Remember, not very long ago the then DPM Anwar Ibrahim had also denied any strained relations with then PM Dr Mahathir. And we all know what happened to him! Frankly I don't have an inkling about how the Pak Lah-Najib relationship is now. Any educated guesses?

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Blogger kittykat46 said...

Hehehe...we've been down this road before. Another time, a different PM, another DPM. All the earnest denials, declarations of support before the (politically) fatal fall.
What is well known and very public was that Dollah took a LONGGGG time to announce Najib's appointment as DPM, sending a clear signal he preferred someone else, but his hands were tied.

And the Super ambitious Son-In-Law would not want a relatively young DPM to be next in line, as that would be an obstacle to HIS naked ambitions for many years to come.

11:26 PM GMT+8  
Blogger team BSG said...

deja vu, yet again haha

5:14 PM GMT+8  

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