Najib promises to stay away from BN's campaign in Balakong

Syed Umar Ariff, Ahmad Suhael Adnan

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak has confirmed that he will not be on the ground to campaign for Barisan Nasional in the Balakong by-election next week.

When met at the Parliament today, Najib was asked by reporters if he would be making rounds in the Balakong and Seri Setia by-elections.

“Balakong? Oh no. I won’t. I want to rest,” the Pekan member of parliament said today.

Several quarters in the party had suggested that Najib needed to distance himself from the BN machinery following graft allegations that had tainted his image.

Some party leaders were also reportedly to have advised the former Umno president to refrain from going about campaigning for BN in by-elections, as seen in Sungai Kandis early this month.

However, Najib admitted that he was only in Sungai Kandis upon request by the BN candidate Datuk Lokman Noor Adam.

“I was not keen to be on the ground. But I was invited by Lokman. He implored me to come down.

“On that reason, you know, he stood by me. That is why I decided to be there. It was not in my original plan to do so.”

The Balakong and Seri Setia by-elections will take place simultaneously.

The Election Commission has fixed Aug 18 for nomination and polling on Sept 8. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd