PETALING JAYA: Arau MP Shahidan Kassim is currently assessing the “damage” caused to his reputation, following reports of him accusing former prime minister Najib Razak as a “traitor” if he voted against the 2021 budget.
Shahidan, who is chairman of the Perikatan Nasional Backbenchers Club, said he was considering taking legal action against those media still misreporting the issue, despite his clarifications on the matter.
“I am looking at the damage they (the media) did to me and I will refer this to a lawyer,” he said, adding that the mistake was unintentional.
“Because I am forgiving, they think by apologising (to me), it (the issue) is settled.
“Before this, there were people who tried to challenge the royal institution and then thought their apologies would settle the issue,” he said at a press conference today.
While debating next year’s budget in the Dewan Rakyat, the Arau MP said those who would vote against the budget were betraying the trust of the rakyat.
In the midst of the voices from MPs, he was heard saying that anyone who objected to the budget was betraying the trust of the rakyat as the people were waiting for it to be approved.
He allegedly included “my friend Pekan” (Najib Razak, MP for Pekan) as being among them, but he has since clarified that he did not mean to criticise Najib, but was actually targeting former health minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
Shahidan said he did not mention Pekan and that it was unfair that he had become the target of criticism from various parties, including his own peers.
“I asked all parties to support the 2021 budget. It is a budget for the people,” he said, explaining his speech in Parliament. “We are infected by a disease that we have never heard of and we need to take an extraordinary approach.”
Shahidan added that a few people had since openly apologised to him after they had listened to the video recording and after his numerous clarifications.