Najib dismisses Daim and Rafidah as ‘veterans and pensioners’

Prime Minister Najib Razak said Mahathir did not visit Sabah because he could not get the support there, no thanks to his track record when he was prime minister for 22 years. (Facebook pic)

KOTA KINABALU: Umno president Najib Razak today dismissed former ministers Daim Zainuddin and Rafidah Aziz who were sacked by the party as “veterans and pensioners” who had left the party a long time ago.

“We want to focus on what is happening today and what will happen in the future.

“This story about Rafidah … everybody knows actually what happened during her time. She should not adopt the ‘holier than thou’ attitude,” he said in Kota Marudu today.

Umno had sacked Rafidah and Daim two days ago while another party veteran, Rais Yatim, is under investigation for supporting Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Daim and Rafidah have openly supported PH in the election campaign for the upcoming polls. They have been speaking at PH ceramahs since they were sacked.

Rais too had made remarks against the actions of the Election Commission (EC), saying it seemed to favour Barisan Nasional (BN).

Najib advised the people of Sabah to vote for a better future instead of casting their ballots based on emotions.

Speaking in Kota Marudu at the conclusion of his two-day visit to Sabah, Najib said Sabahans should consider the fact that Parti Warisan Sabah was merely a local party.

“It is better to support a national party than a local party. If one wishes to go far, crossing the ocean, one needs a big ship, not just a sailboat. A sailboat will find it hard to reach its destination.

“We need a big and strong party like BN and thus, logically speaking, we should support BN. This is not about sentiments but about who could guarantee a better future,” he said.

The sailboat is the symbol used by Warisan.

Compared to the opposition, Najib said BN had proven to be a party that delivered on its promises.

On the other hand, he said, the local opposition party could promise the moon and the stars but did not have the ability to deliver.

Commenting on his visit to Sabah, Najib said he was happy to note the positive mood among the BN workers in all the places he visited, namely Penampang, Keningau, Beaufort and Kota Marudu.

He said he did not see why BN could not triumph in Sabah as long as all component parties worked together, regardless of who the candidates were.

“We want to form the government. I focus on Sabah because I have the intention to continue developing Sabah.

“Mahathir did not visit Sabah because he did not get the support here, no thanks to his track record when he was prime minister for 22 years.

“Sabahans did not forget. Maybe he forgot, but Sabahans have not. That is why he is relying on others in Sabah while he remains missing. As a prime minister, I take a different approach.

“For me, Sabah is our close friend and we must ensure the development gap between Sabah and the peninsula can be bridged so that the whole of Malaysia can be regarded as a developed nation,” he said.

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