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Najib: PAS practices mature, constructive politics

 | August 13, 2017

The prime minister hails the party's approach in seeking 1MDB explanation, without making baseless attacks.

najib-pasMACHANG: Prime Minister Najib Razak has said PAS, now practices mature and constructive politics, and no longer makes baseless attacks on various issues.

He said PAS adopted the principle of “tabayyun”, whereby the party did its own checking and verification before making its conclusion on any issues.

“In the 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Bhd) issue, PAS called (1MDB president and chief executive officer) Arul Kanda (Kandasamy) and after getting the explanation from Arul Kanda, the party made its stand.

“PAS’ stand is that we should give 1MDB a chance to implement its rationalisation plan,” he told reporters after opening the “Prime Minister With The People” programme and launch of the Machang parliamentary constituency People’s Housing Project at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bandar Machang here today.

At the event, Najib, who is also Umno president, opened the Machang Umno delegates conference.

Also present were Kelantan Umno liaison chairman Mustapa Mohamed, Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Noh Omar and Machang MP Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub.

The prime minister, who is on a one-day visit to Kelantan, said because of PAS’ maturity in politics, the party had become a constructive opposition party.

“We oppose (one another), but in certain matters that bring good and benefit for the people, we can cooperate,” he said.

To a question whether the cooperation would lead to a political cooperation, Najib said: “That we don’t know, we see the situation.”

On Aug 7, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man was reported as saying that the party was satisfied with the explanation given by Arul Kanda on 1MDB’s debts and the company’s rationalisation plan.


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