Najib's 'I did not lie' prompts more questions

Opinion  |  R Nadeswaran
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COMMENT | Long before Najib Abdul Razak’s prime ministership ended on May 9, I wrote him an open letter, promising to vote for Barisan Nasional (BN), subject to him answering a few questions.

I waited in vain for reactive calls from Najib’s media minders – Habibul Rahman Kadir or Paul Stadlen. In all honesty, I was looking forward to those calls – to show them my two fingers and to tell them to go fly a kite!

The media that Najib and his supporters threatened and cajoled bore no grudges and continued to provide him the platform – the space in the print media and news portals and time in the electronic media.

Previously on orders from his minders, they demonised Dr Mahathir Mohamad and claimed DAP would install a Christian government. But these days, the same editors who were responsible for the “damage” are lining up in London, New York and Putrajaya to kiss Mahathir’s hands and pretend nothing had happened

Last night, there was yet another twist to the 1MDB tale. Najib took to Facebook to declare that he never lied about the RM2.6 billion in his bank account.

“I wish to clarify this issue because it has been manipulated and fully exploited to the point where it has become one of the contributing factors leading to BN’s defeat.

“I wish to emphasise that I have never lied on the issue of the RM2.6 billion donation,” Najib said in a Facebook Live broadcast.

I have to (partly) believe his first assertion, There were other factors for BN’s loss but 1MDB was the “real” factor which turned the tide.

As for the second that he never lied, I have to ask: Really? I really, really want to believe him, but…

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