Monday, April 13, 2015

Senators call for an end to criticism of Najib

The Malaysian Senators' Council (MSC) has called on politicians and the public to move on from the criticisms levelled against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and focus on the future.

Re-affirming their support for Najib, MSC president Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Abdul Rahman said it was unfortunate that many criticisms against Najib were "baseless", with others sceptical of his actions.

"The most important matter now is to move forward from this and ensure that our country is at peace.

"We should be focusing on positive things," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here Monday.

Najib has been criticised by several quarters, including former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who said Barisan Nasional would not win the 14th general election if Najib remained the coalition leader, among other things.

Senator Datuk Jaspal Singh said despite facing problems, the Prime Minister together with the Cabinet were able to deal with the situation.

"Anyone can make comments and answers were given. However, the criticisms continued and it is almost like a personal vendetta.

When asked to comment on Bills being "bulldozed" through the Dewan Rakyat, Abdul Rahim said it was his personal opinion that important laws should be debated properly.

"However, because of the urgency of tackling the Islamic State threat, some Bills had to be passed to carry out preventive measures.

Last week, the Dewan Rakyat sittings went on to the wee hours of the morning, including when the Prevention of Terrorism Bill 2015 was passed at 2.25am.

When pointed out there were other Bills like the Sedition (Amendment) Bill which was passed at 2.30am, Abdul Rahim said: "Give us a chance to go through the Bill and debate it in the Dewan Negara".

After being passed by the Dewan Rakyat, Bills have to be passed by the Dewan Negara and given the Royal Assent before being published in the Government Gazette before becoming law.

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