KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the alleged “bigger mess” that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has accused him of doing to the country is largely of the latter’s own doing.
“The ‘mess’ that Tun refers to is largely of his own making as a result of his attacks and his echoing of opposition lies and slander,” the prime minister said in the frequently-asked questions section of his blog, najibrazak.com.
Najib said these allegations had been amplified through the Internet, and this was something that Dr Mahathir did not have to face when he was the prime minister.
He reckoned that Dr Mahathir had clearly been taken in by the democratisation of information on social media where all information, no matter how untrue, was treated as the truth.
“Just because a lie is spread a thousand times does not make it true. With such an onslaught online, it’s not surprising that Tun thinks there is a bigger ‘mess’ today,” Najib said.
Najib took the opportunity to address criticism levelled against him and his administration, the controversial 1Malaysia Development Berhad, the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M), the purchase of an official jet and Sabah security concerns.
Acknowledging that this administration, just like any other, was not without challenges, Najib noted that the government’s track record over the past six years showed that the government was making things better for all Malaysians.
“And we’ll continue to deliver on our promises to transform the economy, government and the country as we reach Vision 2020,” he said, urging Malaysians to keep the faith and work towards this rather than fight among themselves.
Najib reminded UMNO and Barisan Nasional members, along with all Malaysians, not to be taken in every time Dr Mahathir attacked.
Asking them to take a step back and analyse the facts when this happened, the prime minister said what Dr Mahathir highlighted were allegations and problems as he knew that was how “to influence the people’s minds against the current government and me”.
Najib said Dr Mahathir did many noble and great things as prime minister but he was no longer running the administration.
“Even if I step down, Tun will continue to intervene in the country’s administration. He can say he is simply exercising his democratic right as a citizen, but this is Tun Mahathir,” Najib said.
He said people had the tendency to believe whatever Dr Mahathir said even if it was not entirely accurate, and it had a significant effect on public perception as the latter was not just an ordinary citizen.
“There are reasons why most former heads of state across the world don’t intervene in the work of current administrations because whatever they say can easily affect the system,” he said.