KUALA LUMPUR - Barisan Nasional lawmakers have defended Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's leadership from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's recent personal attacks.
Barisan Nasional Back Benchers Club (BNBBC) chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad said that BN lawmakers were throwing their support behind Najib as his leadership had brought positive transformation.
Shahrir, who was accompanied by more 20 Barisan MPs, described the attacks against Najib as "personal and direct" and which had not been done openly.
Shahrir said he had asked Najib the reasons behind Dr Mahathir's attacks and had been told that the former prime minister was blowing hot and cold.
"I asked the Prime Minister what was going between them. He said that Dr Mahathir was blowing hot and cold and that he (Najib) was confused at this," Shahrir said at BNBBC lounge on Monday.
He added that Barisan lawmakers had decided to voice their support for Najib as they were "satisfied and happy" at the transformation in Parliament where even Barisan MPs could voice their views if they did agree with the Government.
"The reason why we are doing this today is because we are not a rubber stamp and give blind support.
"We stand behind Prime Minister as we have seen the changes he has brought and we are satisfied and happy with it," he said.
Shahrir expressed confidence that Najib would answer the allegations against him in his own time.
Dr Mahathir had upped his criticism claiming that BN could lose the 14th general election if Najib remained as prime minister.
He had cited the poor handling of issues such as 1MDB and the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu among his reasons.