One of the enduring moments of the Sibu by-election campaign was BN leader Najib Razak’s blatant vote-buying caught on video.
And after the poll result, The Star reports today on the carrot that Najib had dangled before voters:
On the RM5mil allocation for flood-mitigation projects in Rejang Park which he announced on Saturday, Najib said: “We will see first because we have not made any decision on that yet.” Full report here
Najib had promised to sign the cheque today (Monday) if the BN candidate won. So much for being a “people’s PM”.
And the Election Commission, which lost so much credibility over its handling of postal votes, has nothing to say.
Notice the part where he says “this is not a place for a prime minister to come”. So there are parts of the country which are not the place for a PM to visit? Which places are those – which the PM would only visit during by-election campaigns. And then it is okay to visit such places, not once but three times.
What a public relations disaster. But stripped of the public relations, Najib has only revealed his real attitude towards the rakyat, that they can be easily bought with RM3 million – oh, let’s make it RM5 million, see how generous I am (like it’s coming out of his own pocket).
Interesting to see Muhyiddin Yassin singing a different tune, reportedly pledging to fulfil all electoral promises (though he didn’t specifically mention flood mitigation). Maybe he is more politically savvy.
But do they really think they can solve Sibu’s flood problems permanently with just RM5 million – when the real cause is the logging upstream?
Oh, by the way, the score for by elections since 8 March 2008 now reads 8-3 in favour of Pakatan.