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Najib’s Olive Branch Offer Not A Sign Of Weakness, Says Salleh

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PETALING JAYA – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has shown that while he can fight, he can also be generous, said Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.

In a blog post Sunday, the Communications and Multimedia Minister said the action of the Prime Minister, who is also Umno president, in extending an “olive branch” to his detractors should not be construed as a sign of weakness.

He also referred another example of how Najib had chosen to support former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad during the Team A-Team B fight within Umno in 1987, despite him originally refusing to be involved in the dispute as he felt it would only lead to the party splitting up.

Salleh said the problem was that people made the mistake and assumed that by being diplomatic, a person did not have “courage”.

“They fail to see the positive side of things that such an approach makes the person a gentleman.

“Though Najib has shown that he can fight if needed, he has also shown that he prefers not to fight if it would hurt the party,” he said.

Despite the harsh words thrown at him, Najib extended a “hand of friendship” to his opponents when he could have easily embarrassed them, said Salleh.

“Najib has shown that he can fight and he can also be generous and a man who follows his true nature. Najib should no longer be seen as weak just because he seeks peace instead of war.

“In fact, it takes a strong man to forgive those who had turned their backs on you,” said Salleh.

On Saturday, Najib had proffered his hand in reconciliation to his detractors during his winding-up speech at the Umno general assembly.

This invitation was seen to have been intended for Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and party vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal who had both been strongly vocal in their criticism of Najib, which resulted in them being barred from speaking in the assembly. – The Star Online

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