Why didn’t TMJ say ‘tukar Najib’ then, asks Syed Saddiq

Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

PETALING JAYA: Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Youth leader of PPBM, has questioned why the Tengku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, had not asked for the resignation of former prime minister Najib Razak while Najib was under pressure to leave two years ago.

Syed Saddiq said the rakyat had sided with Dr Mahathir Mohamad, despite Tunku Ismail’s call for the public to retain Najib in power before the general election last year.

“My question to TMJ (Tunku Ismail) is: why, when the whole world knew Malaysia as a kleptocracy, TMJ did not say ‘tukar Najib’ (replace Najib) but now he is asking to change a prime minister that has been given the mandate by the people?”

His comment was in response to a video recording of Tunku Ismail’s cheeky reply to a football supporter last week, that instead of changing the Johor football coach, it would be better to change the prime minister.

Syed Saddiq, who is youth and sports minister, also mocked Tunku Ismail for calling it quits after taking over the helm of the Football Association of Malaysia last March.

“If taking care of FAM is so hard to the point of quitting when it was not even a year, imagine the responsibility of a prime minister that genuinely wants to help his beloved country recover,” he said in an online posting.

Tunku Ismail had suggested last year that he quit as FAM president because of the national team’s drop in world rankings.