Malaysia's Najib asks to be judged by his "actions"

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Kuala Lumpur, Mar 29 (PTI) — Malaysia’s incoming prime minister Najib Tun Razak today said he should be judged by his “actions” after allegations that he did not allow his detractors to contest against him in the crucial party presidential elections.

“Why do you form this judgment about me. This judgment is not fair,” he said when asked whether his elevation as United Malays National Organisation (Umno) president, the party that leads the ruling National Front coalition, without a contest had tainted democracy in the country, Najib responded.

“Please judge me by my action. My action will come in due course. I am not even taking office yet. Give me a chance to take office. I am only asking to be fair and be treated fairly by the press,” Najib was quoted as saying by Bernama.

On the barring a key leader Mohd Ali Rustam from contesting the Umno deputy presidency, Najib said, “As far as we are concerned, Ali was being punished in the sense that Umno Disciplinary Board decided that he should not contest.” Usually the head of the Umno, which is the main component of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition party, is also named the country’s prime minister.

Abdullah, whose term has not ended had decided to step down and hand power to Najib after the poor showing of the party in last year’s general elections where the ruling party barely managed to hang on to power, as the opposition won control of five of the 13 states.

Source : Press Trust of India

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