Why pick DreamEDGE if you knew govt had stake in it, Najib hits back

Najib Razak.

PETALING JAYA: Amid allegations that the Pakatan Harapan government had reneged on its promise not to use public funds for the third national car project, Najib Razak has scoffed at a minister’s attempt to blame his administration for giving a government-linked company the nod to buy a stake in a firm that is producing the vehicle.

Instead, the former prime minister questioned as to why the Pakatan Harapan administration decided to pick DreamEDGE when they knew that the government had a stake in it.

“You wanted the third national car. You promised that the rakyat’s money will not be used.

“You knew the company was owned by the government and you then appointed them for the project.

“Yet, you try to blame me and imply it is my fault?” Najib said in a Facebook post.

He was responding to International Trade and Industry Minister Darell Leiking who yesterday said it was the previous administration which had given the approval to VentureTECH Sdn Bhd to buy a stake in DreamEdge.

VentureTECH is owned by the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), a government agency.

“Pakatan Harapan was not yet the government. But a certain prime minister, who was also the finance minister, probably authorised MIGHT and its subsidiary to enter into DreamEDGE,” Leiking had told reporters yesterday.

Leiking said this when asked to comment on Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement that he had not given approval for MIGHT to buy shares in DreamEDGE.

But Najib said this attempt to blame him was the most pathetic one to date by a Pakatan minister.

“I’m sorry, but the minister’s attempt to blame me is a complete failure.”