Aug 14, 2006

Najib to DrM: Show proof of sand and air space offer to S'pore

OK, Hopefully we can see the proof soon.

And DPM Najib is very confident that no one can threaten PM Abdullah Badawi's position. Maybe he is right. Maybe he is not. The only person that I think can threaten PM Abdullah Badawi at this moment is non other than his famous son-in-law?

** Link - Tun Mahathir's open letter to all UMNO Members

Extracted from The Sun
Najib to DrM: Show proof of sand and air space offer to S'pore
Husna Yusop

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak today (Aug 14, 2006) asked Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to show proof to back his allegation that Malaysia had offered sand and air space to Singapore.

He said although the issue is academic now as the government has decided not to go ahead with the bridge to replace the Causeway, the government is willing to look at the former prime minister's proof.

To a question from a reporter, Najib said he does not know whether the evidence that Mahathir claims he has is classified under the Official Secrets Act unless it is revealed and assessed.

"But if he is afraid to reveal it (publicly), he can submit proof to us first, we can see what he has."

Najib was speaking to reporters after opening the 58th special general meeting of the Peninsula Malay Students Confederation (GPMS).

He was asked to comment on Mahathir's statement in a ceremony during the Petaling Jaya Utara Umno Youth annual meeting on Saturday (Aug 12, 2006) that he was willing to swear by the Quran to lend credence to his arguments.

To this, Najib reiterated the government's stand that the issue of sand and airspace was brought up by Singapore "as a balance of interest for the construction of the straight bridge."

On Mahathir's statement on Sunday (Aug 13, 2006) that he will "stop talking" if the government decides to build the bridge, Najib said the cabinet has already made the decision not to go on with the project.

"It is not that we want to cancel it but it was due to the complicated matter, especially in terms of international laws and the water agreement with Singapore," he said.

On the move by the PJ Utara Umno division to invite Mahathir as a guest at its meeting, Najib said the party headquarters has yet to decide on the matter.

According to an Umno supreme council directive, only supreme council members, Umno ministers and mentris besar are allowed to open divisional meetings.

"Tun is still an Umno member and we take into consideration the fact the meeting was organised by Umno members. However, we will monitor the development. It is up to the Disciplinary Board," he added.

Asked whether the government is doing anything to stop Mahathir's criticisms which are confusing the public, he said they will continue to explain the issues raised.

"We cannot guarantee this (when he will stop) because we do not know what we should do to end it. We do not know what Tun actually wants in this matter," he added.

On GPMS, Najib suggested the new leadership tackle issues like the dropout rate among Malays, the imbalance between male and female university students and the unemployment among Malay graduates.

Excerpt from BERNAMA
BAGAN SERAI, Aug 13 (Bernama) --Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's position would not be easily threatened by anyone, as long as he received the strong support from all levels in Umno, his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

"In my view, his position is not easily threatened by anyone," he said at a news conference after officiating the Bagan Serai Umno division delegates meeting at the Dewan Sekolah Menengah Teknik Kerian here.

"Many assumptions can be made but what is important is that all quarters give their full and unequivocal support for Abdullah as Umno President and Prime Minister," he said.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Umno Deputy President said this when asked to comment on a statement by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz who alleged that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's incessant attacks on Abdullah and his administration, were aimed at destroying the party and toppling the premier.

Najib said more importantly, all leaders from the national, state and divisional levels, gave their support for Abdullah.

He said, Umno's position was also strong under one entity.

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