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Nazri: I am attacked because I am valuable

 | November 7, 2012

The outspoken minister said that recent attacks against him showed how valuable he was to Barisan Nasional.

KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz said that he was being targeted over the controversial RM40 million “donation” to Sabah Umno because of his value to the government.

Speaking to reporters at his Parliament office, he said that he did not think he would attract accusations of conflict of interest if it wasn’t for his position in Barisan Nasional.

“Don’t you think that I am an asset, that there’s an attack on me now? If I’m just an ordinary MP or I’m not important to Umno, you think they’ll attack me? They won’t, right?” he said.

Nazri was responding to accusations levelled at him by those from PKR and more recently, from Jaringan Melayu Malaysia’s (JMM) Azwanddin Hamzah.

In a recent exposé, PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli accused Nazri of having a conflict of interest, particularly after showing that his son, Nedim Nazri Aziz, was using a car supposedly owned by controversial timber tycoon Michael Chia.

Chia, according to PKR, was allegedly embroiled in a corruption scandal involving Sabah Umno to the tune of RM40 million.

The party argued that Chia had been arrested by Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) for smuggling RM40 million, intended for Sabah Umno.

In response, Azwanddin said that Nazri may be a “political liability” to Barisan Nasional if these allegations proved to be true.

Nazri, however, rubbished Azwanddin’s accusations, referring to him as nothing more than a “roadside politician” and a “frog”, a reference to the JMM’s former association with PKR.

“Azwanddin, I don’t know who he is. I’d be very worried if the president, deputy president or secretary-general of Umno made such comments… But if it’s from a roadside politician from a roadside organisation, I don’t need to be answerable,” he said.


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