Najib adds voice to calls to probe BN MPs who met Azmin

Former prime minister Najib Razak

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Najib Razak has come out in support of calls to investigate Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs who had reportedly attended a dinner-meeting at PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali’s official residence yesterday evening.

He added that any gathering – for projects, for example – should be conducted in an office and must be made known to the opposition leader.

Najib said such meetings should not be conducted in homes in the middle of the night, as they will result in speculation.

Earlier, Umno’s disciplinary board chief Mohamed Apandi Ali said the board would investigate any complaints relating to the MPs who attended the meeting last night with the economic affairs minister.

Apandi also pledged immediate action based on existing procedures.

“It must be stressed that the party’s disciplinary board has been given the trust and responsibility with powers vested in it under the Umno constitution to carry out its duties in a stern, honest and fair manner without fear or favour,” Apandi, who is also the former attorney-general, said in a statement.

Najib told reporters at the parliament lobby today: “On the meeting last night, it should be investigated by the disciplinary board.”

He added that any decision must be made in the spirit of party unity and discipline.

“Whatever action that we take must be based on party unity. We must have the party spirit.”

Yesterday, FMT reported that at least two dozen MPs including Sembrong MP Hishammuddin Hussein, who last month denied working to form a “back-door” government, had attended a meeting at Azmin’s official residence in Putrajaya.

PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said the party had no details about what took place at the gathering.

Meanwhile, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim has urged his deputy to explain the reason for the gathering.