Former minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz today fired his second salvo at Datuk Seri Najib Razak, labelling the latter as being in denial and a “tainted” person.
Speaking to Malay Mail, Nazri also requested that Najib vacate his new role as Barisan Nasional’s (BN) adviser, saying that the latter’s comeback is not in the best interests of the party.
The former tourism minister also deemed his former party boss a liability.
“I also feel that he is not acting in the interest of the party, by coming back to be active in BN, because he is tainted, and he is being charged with so many charges in court which makes him a liability to the party, and by opposing this, I’m working in the interest of the party,” Nazri said.
Nazri also sought to answer Najib’s criticism of the former’s leadership when the duo were both in BN, seeking to clarify several accusations, including that of him opposing the cooperation between Umno and PAS.
He admitted that while he had opposed the cooperation before, he is in full support of it now, after realising his mistake.
“That is true, but once I saw that the cooperation with PAS is good, I’m a strong supporter now. I support this, so what’s wrong with that?
“It is people like me who can admit that I made a mistake earlier, and then I support the cooperation now. What about him? He doesn’t want to admit that we lost because of him. This is the trouble. This is the problem. Denial syndrome,” he said.
Source : Malay Mail
‘We lost under whom?’ Nazri asks after BN puts Najib on advisory board
Umno lawmaker Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz distanced himself today from Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders’ appointment of Datuk Seri Najib Razak to chair the coalition’s advisory board.
Considered a loyalist when Najib was prime minister, the Padang Rengas MP expressed scepticism that the appointment would make the BN great again.
“We lost under whom? What kind of advice can he give us?
“Zahid, Najib and Tengku Adnan signed that letter. They are all being charged in court,” Nazri told reporters in Parliament when asked his comment on the Pekan MP’s appointment.
Nazri’s criticism was directed towards two others, Umno president Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi and treasurer Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tangku Mansor, who are also facing court cases.
Though refusing to comment on the matter, Nazri he felt Najib’s appointment should have been decided by the Umno Supreme Council.
Source : Malay Mail
‘Bossku’ only good for Najib, not Umno, says Nazri
Umno lawmaker Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz says the “Bossku” phenomenon linked to Datuk Seri Najib Razak only benefits the former prime minister personally and not the Malay nationalist party — now in the federal Opposition.
In an interview with Sinar Harian today, Nazri said the support shown towards “Bossku” does not reflect the sentiment towards Umno.
The Padang Rengas MP, who has been openly critical of Najib’s appointment as the Barisan Nasional advisory board chairman, said the latter’s new role would also not benefit the party.
“The ‘Bossku’ phenomenon does not bring any impact to the party but more for personal gain. The support towards ‘Bossku’ cannot be measured as the amount of support towards the party.
“We had won in three by-elections because of the Umno-PAS cooperation, not because of Najib’s character.
“My question to Najib is, before when he was the leader but we lost the general election. Now what is he going to do as an advisor? What else can he advise?” Nazri was quoted as saying.
Nazri said Najib should have emulated past Umno presidents who resigned to take responsibility for the party’s poor showing in national polls, naming Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and even Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Nazri, an Umno supreme council member, said Dr Mahathir stepped down as Umno president in 2003 when the then Opposition swept 40 parliamentary seats.
He believed the fourth prime minister did so to reduce the impact on the party, adding that the same was done by Abdullah as well. The fifth prime minister relinquished the reins to Najib in April 2009.
“But in GE13, we continued to lose more seats under Najib. If according to past practices, Najib should have stepped down but never had offered himself to do so.
“He continues on and we suffered huge loss in GE14. The question is, we have to think about what we can do for the party as we care for it,” said Nazri.
Source : Malay Mail