Najib addresses claims made by the Opposition, reminds country to be ‘calm and rational’ at upcoming polls

Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during an election campaign rally in Kuala Lumpur on May 1, 2018.
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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that the Federal Government’s ability to cater for development projects nationwide is proof that the country is economically stable and not bankrupt as claimed by the Opposition.

He said that if what the Opposition said was true, then the candidates for the upcoming elections would not be able to request for allocations to carry out these projects in their respective constituencies, reported the New Straits Times on Wednesday (May 2).

In fact, it is his responsibility as a leader to attend to any requests and approve allocations for such projects, he added.

On Monday, Najib warned that Malaysia stands to lose out internationally if people opt for the Opposition.

He said there the Opposition have plans to review the contracts and projects awarded to companies owned by the Chinese government such as the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL), reported The Star.

Cancellation of these contracts will sour relations with the Chinese government and could result in economic retaliation by them, he added.

“The impact could be far reaching, as China could retaliate and stop buying our palm oil, birds’ nest and also quit sending tourists to Sabah,” said Najib.

“We will suffer. We must be calm and rational in selecting the party come May 9.”

On Tuesday, former prime minister and current opposition leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad apologised for his “mistake” in Najib’s rise to power, reported Channel NewsAsia.

Calling it the “biggest mistake that I have made in my life”, Mahathir said the general election is an opportunity for him to fix this.