Zahid defends Najib: ‘Don’t kick a man when he’s down’

10-Aug-2018 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has come to the defence of Datuk Seri Najib Razak, whose presence at the recently-concluded Sungai Kandis by-election has come under criticism.

Zahid said Najib’s presence during the campaigning period was upon the invitation of the Barisan Nasional candidate, Datuk Lokman Noor Adam.

Zahid said Najib’s visit was only done with the best of intentions.

“I checked. The candidate himself (Lokman) had arranged for Najib’s attendance. The candidate meant well.

“If someone was wealthy before and now poor, or if they had power before and now powerless, we should still respect them.

“In such situations, even if we have a difference in opinions, there are proper ways to handle them,” he told reporters in the Parliament lobby on Wednesday.

Zahid said friends should not be discarded just because they are no longer in positions of power.

“Don’t kick a man when he’s down,” he said.

Zahid’s remarks came on the heels of criticism leveled against Najib, who had actively campaigned for Lokman in the by-election.

In the by-election, Lokman was defeated by PKR’s Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni.

Zahid’s remarks came on the heels of a statement by Perlis BN chair, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, who had advised Umno and BN leaders to inform the party president if they wished to help out during by-elections.

Najib’s presence in Sungai Kandis was also criticised by Titiwanga Umno division chief Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani, who said it was a mistake to allow Najib to campaign, given his current corruption charges.


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