Rafidah derides Najib’s legacy as ‘rubbish’, governance by slogans

Danial Dzulkifly
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak arrives to give a statement to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in Putrajaya May 22, 2018. — Reuters pic

PETALING JAYA, May 24 — Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has only himself to blame for turning his legacy to “rubbish”, said Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.

The former international trade and industry minister known for her bluntness said in an interview with BFM today that Najib’s name was now synonymous with shame and disgrace.

“His legacy is rubbish. Scandals after scandals that cannot be explained, and scandals after scandals that pointed to greed, avarice, wanting to use money for power and not really governing but governing by slogans.

“It’s a pity because there was so much going for him. We thought he would take over from the sluggish Tun Mahathir administration. We thought he was more energetic, forward looking, and a visionary. But clearly over the years, he has turned out to be a great disappointment,” she said.

Najib and 1Malaysia Development Bhd is under a multi-agency investigation.

Rafidah said today that Najib was also nothing like his father, the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, the country’s second prime minister.

“They are so different. Not at all like father, like son.

“I wouldn’t say he has tarnished his father legacy; his father’s good legacy will remain. His (Najib) legacy is separate and I do not want to compare.

“It is not fair to bring the name of Razak in the same breath as Najib. He (Najib) created his own legacy. It should remain that way,” she said.

Razak is known as Malaysia’s “Father of Development” and was responsible for agencies such as the Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Felcra), the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda), Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), the National Corporation (Pernas), the Bumiputra Bank, Tabung Haji, Petronas and the Agricultural Bank.