PAS president: Let Najib do his job

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

KUALA TERENGGANU, Terengganu - PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang agrees with the decision taken by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak not to step down.

He said Najib should be given a chance to finish his job as prime minister because he was elected through a fair system.

"He should not succumb to pressure and we must let him solve the problems," Abdul Hadi told reporters at the 13th Terengganu Legislative Assembly sitting at Wisma Darul Iman here yesterday.

He also said it was pointless to pressure the Prime Minister to step down due the controversy surrounding 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Abdul Hadi described the act of pressuring Najib to step down as a repetitive scenario that had occurred during the leadership of previous prime ministers.

"This is not entirely new. Before 1MDB, we had problems with Perwaja (Steel Sdn Bhd) and Port Klang, just to name a few," he said.

Abdul Hadi reiterated that changing the leadership would not make any situation better if the same pattern of problems continued to exist.

"Why should we replace him? If the policy is wrong, then that is what we should change, not him," he said.

When asked if the Opposition was trying to take advantage of Najib's vulnerability, Hadi said it was only fair and democratic to let the people decide who to punish.

In Kota Kinabalu, Parti Bersatu Sabah president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said: "Why should we go against the Prime Minister when he is an elected leader who has brought about many socio-economic transformations to the country?"

The Deputy Chief Minister and Huguan Siou (Kadazandusun paramount leader) added that Najib had, among others, come up with policies that reduced crime, tackled cost of living issues and promoted the development of the country.

He said Najib had also agreed to the setting up of the Royal Commission of Inquiry to help solve Sabah's long-standing illegal immigrant problem.

The Prime Minister was also instrumental in the setting up of the Eastern Sabah Security Command to protect the state's coastal areas, he added.