Najib to step down after Permatang Pauh by-election?

PENANG, 28 Apr: The absence of posters of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, around the Permatang Pauh parliamentary area is being questioned by everyone.

A survey conducted around 27 voting district machineries (JDM), Barisan Nasional (BN) Operations Rooms and on the roads in the parliamentary area found that there were no posters or banners featuring Najib in the campaign so far.

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The PKR Strategic Director, Sim Tze Tzin, said that the party thinks that this situation is due to Umno’s internal politics that affects the by-election, which will be held on May 7.

“In the last General Election (GE), Najib’s picture was everywhere. So, is Najib currently being boycotted by the Home Affairs Minister who is also the by-election Director?” he asked during a press conference.

Tze Tzin said that the move to boycott Najib may also be likely influenced by the statement by the former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who wants him to resign.

“Does this mean that the Penang Umno and BN candidate agrees with Tun M?

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“I want to ask the candidate and Umno Penang; support Tun M or support Najib?” he asked.

In the 1999 General Election, after Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail won, Mahathir stepped down as the Prime Minister.

Meanwhile in the 2009 by-election, Tun Abdullah Badawi resigned after Tun Mahathir attacked him and after Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim won in Permatang Pauh.

“So will history repeat itself? Permatang Pauh is synonymous with the resignation of Prime Ministers, so will Najib also step down soon?” he asked.

NS

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