Ex-PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad reminded Johor voters that Najib Razak is a no-go in their choice of parties and leaders in the Johor polls, recalling that the former PM was called a “plundering idiot” and the Court of Appeal described Najib as a “national embarrassment, one who humiliated the country.”
This was said in Mahathir’s second letter to Johoreans, who would vote on Saturday, March 12, to elect a new state legislature.
The purpose of this election is to choose 56 members of the 15th Johor State Legislative Assembly. On January 22, 2022, the previous legislature was dissolved.
Mahathir Mohamad has stated that he will continue to speak out against Najib and anybody else who is attempting to destabilise the country and deceive the people.
He argues that Najib is hoping Malaysians would believe he is not guilty and that he is being persecuted by his political opponents. Before the 1MDB affair, Dr Mahathir stated that he supported Najib.
“There are also people who are influenced and believe to an extend… they have come forward to defend him, calling him their ‘Boss’ and kiss his hand,” said Dr Mahathir referring to the “Bossku” term coined by supporters of Najib.
The head of the Parti Pejuang Tanahair (Pejuang) has issued a warning. He says if the Pahang member of Parliament returns to power, kleptocrats from the “court cluster” will rule and pillage the country.
The court cluster is made of political figures facing prosecutions in courts. Most of them, if not all, are from the Umno, the ruling party of Malaysia.
He says he pressed on for Najib to become Prime Minister during the time of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, because he owed reverence to Najib’s father, Tun Abdul Razak.
“Sadly, Najib is nothing like his father. Tun Razak is a nationalist and dignified champion of the nation. In contrast, Najib robbed national assets with the help of Jho Low (fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho).
“Foreign newspapers have labelled him as a ‘plundering idiot’ that I believe means ‘penyamun tongong’ in the Johor language.
“Meanwhile the Court of Appeal described him as a ‘national embarrassment’, one who humiliated the country,” he says.