Najib: MCA never asked for deputy PM post

Jan 22, 2017

Najib vs Mahathir

Najib Razak has denied that MCA had requested for the post of deputy prime minister to be given to the party as claimed by Mahathir Mohamad.

The prime minister said throughout his tenure as the country’s number one leader, never once did the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party asked to be given the number two post and the post of finance minister.

“Recently, it was revealed that DAP asked for the post of DPM and finance minister, when the Malays are angry, he said MCA. Since I became PM, MCA has never asked for the DPM post. This is a lie.

“I deny and I ask MCA to also deny. MCA has three ministerial posts and they are thankful. Don’t do a lot of U-turn,” he said.

Najib said this in his speech at a luncheon in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the Malaysian Tamil Youth Bell Club at the Grand Hall, Lukut. Negeri Sembilan today.

Previously, Mahathir was quoted to have said DAP wanted the post of deputy prime minister if the opposition pact won the coming 14th general election.

In his blog on Friday, the former prime minister made a U-turn by correcting his earlier statement that MCA was the party that asked for the post and not DAP.

Speaking before a 3,000-strong audience, Najib, however, urged the people not to be influenced by the opposition’s propaganda which frequently made U-turns.

“Don’t listen to the opposition, our statesman is taking rubbish now. He says want to abolish the GST (Goods and Services Tax) which gives a revenue of RM41 billion. –Bernama