Najib ends Semenyih campaigning with shouts of ‘takbir’

Former prime minister Najib Razak speaking to a crowd of some 1,000 people at Taman Pelangi. Semenyih.

SEMENYIH: The last night of Barisan Nasional’s campaigning for the Semenyih by-election ended with shouts of “takbir” (God is great) from former Umno president Najib Razak.

Najib, who has been a prominent figure in BN’s campaign, was addressing a crowd of some 1,000 people at Taman Pelangi here and praised PAS for its sincerity in helping BN’s quest to wrest Semenyih back from PBBM.

“When PAS contests in a different area, we will support them. We have never broken our promises,” he said to cheers from the crowd.

He then led the crowd to three “takbir” shouts, often used as a rallying cry by PAS.

Earlier, Najib, who has been drawing the crowds, mocked the Pakatan Harapan-led government’s plans to take over four tolled highways in the Klang Valley, which would see charges waived between 11pm to 5am, a 30% discount for off-peak periods and congestion charges imposed during peak hours.

He said the move to abolish tolls was nothing new, and that he too had abolished tolls when he was prime minister, including two tolls along the Cheras-Kajang Highway, and that he would have abolished more if BN had won GE14.

“There are 11 tolls that we removed. If I had power, more would have been abolished.”

A section of the supporters who turned up to hear Najib Razak speak.

He said PH was just fooling the people with its plans and that the voters in Semenyih were not fools.

Najib also reminisced on the extraordinary reception he got from the people of Semenyih who flocked to see him at the local Tesco a couple of weeks ago. He said some told him that as many as 8,000 people had turned up to see him.

“I did not provide transport, I did not give hampers. I just said on Facebook that I will be going and 8,000 people turned up. Local voters came, not outsiders.

“After that, PH leaders copied me. I saw PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin going to Giant, but the crowd was not the same size as for Bossku,” he said referring to the monicker people have been calling him of late.