Mahathir’s forecast on Najib to fall – A scientific study or reading of tea leaves

Apr 13, 2017

Umno treasurer-general Salleh Said Keruak today rubbished Mahathir Mohamad’s prediction that Prime Minister Najib Razak would fall in the next general election (GE14).

“Is this based on a scientific study such as a poll, or on reading tea leaves?” asked Salleh, the communications and multimedia minister.

Salleh reminded Pribumi chairman Mahathir that fabricated allegations would not last long to bring down Najib.

He was obviously referring Mahathir’s campaign to oust the current prime minister since 2014.

Mahathir and his campaign team have been accused of using fabricated documents, unproven allegations and malicious lies linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) to oust a democratically elected Najib for past three years.

Salleh expressed confidence that Najib and Barisan Nasional would retain power in GE14 as the opposition was in such mess that voters do not see any alternative to the current federal government.

“Fabricated allegations are not enough to oust the prime minister,” said Salleh.

What the voters want is economic and political stability and this is what the government offers,” he said in his blog posting today.

Referring to Najib’s notice of demand issued to DAP’s Tony Pua Kim Wee, Salleh said the court now would be able to decide on whether or not the allegations made by the DAP parliamentarian were true.

He said that it would be interesting to see how Tony Pua, who is a member of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC), defends his allegation in court.

The Petaling Jaya Utara MP, Tony Pua was slapped with the notice from Najib’s lawyers yesterday demanding his apology and removal of his defamatory statement and a video clip against Najib, which was found posted on his Facebook page on April 6.

Najib’s lawyer Mohd Hafarizam Harun said that “the defamatory statements in ordinary meaning were understood to mean among others that his client had committed theft and was involved in corrupt practice.”

In his response, DAP’s Tony Pua said he would neither retract the statement, remove the video, publicly apologise to the prime minister nor offer to pay any amount of compensation to Najib.

He said this was because he made the statements based on “established facts which have not been disputed”.