Senators call for a stop to criticisms against Prime Minister

Senators call for a stop to criticisms against Prime Minister
Malaysia's prime minister Najib Razak.

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

Reaffirming support for Najib, its president Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Abdul Rahman said it was unfortunate that many such criticisms were "baseless" while some implied scepticism towards 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 yesterday.

The council, said Abdul Rahim, vowed to stand by Najib in ensuring that plans would be materialised to improve people's lives and spur on the country's economy to reach high income nation status by 2020.

Najib had recently come under criticism, including from former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who said, among others, that Barisan Nasional would not win the next general election should he remain the coalition leader.

On the Prevention of Terrorism Bill and Sedition Bill being "bulldozed" through Dewan Rakyat, Abdul Rahim said it was his personal opinion that important laws should be properly debated with sufficient time for discussion.

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

"Although the debates had gone on into the wee hours of the morning, our MPs are responsible and I am sure they have given their best," he said.

Last week, the Dewan Rakyat sittings had lasted well past midnight with the Prevention of Terrorism Bill being passed at 2.25am .

On the Sedition Bill which was approved at 2.30am, Abdul Rahim said: "Give us a chance to go through the Bill and debate it in the Dewan Negara."

On the pay hike for MPs and Senators, Abdul Rahim said this should not be a problem if the Government felt that it was warranted.

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