Former Prime Minister Najib Razak attempt at poking fun at Pakatan Harapan (PH) government has gained the ire of the public when his comment over the ruling governments plan to halt toll collection during “off-peak” hours and implementing a congestion charge.
During the ceramah at Semenyih yesterday (25th February 2019), he had mention that those who used the toll during those “off-peak” hours were maybe only ghost, drunkards, LGBT and those who are looking for customers.
“It is illogical, given that the time for no charges is when people go to sleep. We want to give it to people for free when they are conscious, not when they are asleep.
“Who will stay awake from 11pm to 5am? Only ghosts, drinkers, LGBT and those who are looking for customers, maybe,” he was reported by FMT to have said.
The public took offence to that statement as he had forgotten that there those who work late hours or have night shifts.
Since then, he had apologised with a Facebook post, however it was worth noting that he was reported to have blamed the crowd of supporters for his spur of the moment speech. Insisting at the heat of the moment he had repeated what the crowd said.
“If you watch the video clip from the chat session last night, I was only repeating what was shouted by the audience who attended the ceramah, in response to my question.
“I admit that I went with the answers and responses given by last night’s audience. I humbly apologise if any were offended,” the Malaymail reported that he said in the statement.
MalaysiaKini had reported that Najib also highlighted the main issue in his ‘apology’ post that the PH government had promised to abolish tolls in its election manifesto, not just allowing motorist to use the highways toll-free during certain period of time.
“As well as not using the new excuse of rebranding toll charges as ‘congestion’ charges.
“Harapan and the media should not use one or two sentences from my speech to divert from the fact that Harapan has failed to deliver its promise and is once again attempting to hoodwink the people,” he added.
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by Bob tan
26th February 2019 17:50