PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Najib Razak has admitted he was disappointed with the shock defeat of the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the May 9 polls but alleges this was due to the slander, insults and personal attacks hurled by Pakatan Harapan (PH).
“The campaign was filled with personal attacks, slander, hatred and promises that most clearly cannot be implemented. Unfortunately, it led to the defeat of Umno and BN in the general election.
“I do not mind losing if the other party’s agendas are better, but instead I know in my heart the campaign was just to discredit BN leaders,” he said when addressing Umno members in Pekan, Pahang, today.
The former BN chairman and Pekan MP said before PH held power, their leaders travelled nationwide allegedly to “save” Malaysia, but after the May 9 polls, they claimed the country was now in stable condition.
“During the 14th general election campaign, they said the economy was so bad that the country was going bankrupt, with national debt piling up.
“Suddenly, three days after administering the country, they say it is a strong economy, with a lot of reserves and they are able to manage the national debt.
“Is it possible, within three days, for a country regarded as bankrupt before, to be strong economically now?
“Do they have a magic lamp, an Aladdin’s lamp, to rub and there’s no longer a need to ‘save’ Malaysia? They won by twisting facts.”
Najib said the promise by PH to lower oil prices had not been implemented and the price remained the same as before the transition of power.
“Oil prices to be at RM1.50, tolls to be abolished, National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans to be written off and others.
“They are already in power; how much is the price of fuel? We will wait for the price to drop to see how they cope.
“I know because I used to be the finance minister. When the price of fuel is at RM2.30, the subsidy to be borne by the government is RM600 million a month.
“If the price is lowered to less than RM1.50 per litre, it may double, to RM1.5 billion.
“Why promise lower fuel costs? Why give false hope? We did not give fake promises; we promised what we could do.”