Why time toll announcement with Semenyih by-election, asks Najib

Najib Razak (in white T-shirt) posing for a selfie with shoppers during his walkabout at a Tesco outlet in Bangi.

BANGI: Former prime minister Najib Razak has questioned the timing of the government’s recent announcement over the fate of toll collections so near to the Semenyih by-election.

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin recently said an announcement on toll collections was expected to be made soon.

Speaking to reporters after a walkabout at a Tesco outlet here, Najib said the government’s intention to abolish toll collections, as stated in its 14th general election manifesto, should have been implemented immediately after Pakatan Harapan formed the federal government on May 9, 2018.

“If they are doing it (announcing toll abolition) in this by-election period, it seems like they are trying to fish for votes and not doing what they had promised.”

Muhyiddin was reported to have said that the ruling coalition would fully adhere to the rules and regulations set by the Election Commission and will not make any promises during the campaign period.

Asked on why he did not take the chance to explain to Semenyih voters on his court cases, Najib said his cases were before the court and he could not comment too much on them.

Najib Razak (in white T-shirt) posing for a picture with his supporters outside a Tesco outlet in Bangi.

“I had said what I can through social media and it may be sub judice if I elaborate further,” he added.

Najib made his second visit to Semenyih today.

He spent 20 minutes at the Tesco outlet here, where shoppers took the opportunity to have selfies with him.

Shoppers and Najib’s supporters were heard chanting, “Malu Apa Bossku” during his walkabout. This slogan has been adopted by Najib.

On Feb 13, Najib had visited another Tesco outlet where he went shopping for groceries. He said then that he was asked by local leaders there to survey the situation.

PPBM’s Muhammad Aiman Zainali, Umno’s Zakaria Hanafi, PSM’s Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul and independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng are contesting in the March 2 by-election.