Sunday, September 17, 2017
Even a meeting between leaders becomes an issue for the opposition
Salleh Said Keruak
Everything that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak does is turned into an issue by the other opposition leaders. If Najib does not meet foreign leaders such as the President of the United States, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says it is because Najib is scared of travelling to other countries in case he gets arrested. Then, when Najib does travel to the US to meet President Donald Trump, they say the Prime Minister paid lobbyists to arrange the meeting.
The problem is whatever Najib does or does not do is still used to criticise him. Nothing that Najib does can satisfy Mahathir and Pakatan Harapan because they criticise for the sake of criticising and not for the good of the country. They want to give the impression that nothing Najib does is right and only Mahathir and Pakatan Harapan are right.
The problem is Mahathir is using his own standards and actions to judge Najib. Just because Mahathir paid lobbyists millions for his meeting with President Bush does not mean Najib must have done the same. Mahathir could not have met Bush unless he paid for the meeting so the opposition thinks Najib, too, would not be able to meet Trump unless he also paid for the meeting. They cannot accept the fact that Mahathir needed to pay to meet Bush while Najib did not have to do that to meet Trump. That is what hurts Pakatan Harapan the most.