Najib unsure if his surprise visit good for polls result
Published on: Saturday, May 11, 2019

SANDAKAN: Former  Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak showed up in town Friday, apparently taking a break from  the ongoing trial for allegedly abusing RM42 million in funds belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd.

He went shopping at a supermarket soon after he arrived in a black Toyota Land Cruiser along with Sabah Umno Chairman Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin.

When asked, he said he was shopping for himself and would give the rest away later.

After leaving the supermarket, where he drew a large group of gawkers, Najib broke into song in an open-air car park where his aides had set up a makeshift stage at the back of a pickup truck, Malay Mail reports.

He sang a local song, Tanak Kampung by Jimmy Palikat accompanying Bung, and another song, an oldie Young Ones made famous by Sir Cliff Richard, to the amusement of the people around him.

Addressing the crowd after his song, he said he came to Sandakan to meet the people because he was welcomed.

“Sandakan, ‘bossku’ has arrived. Some people said I would not come but my policy is if someone invites me, I will come.

“I came here to go shopping but some people are scared of me shopping. 

“I came here to see the people of Sandakan and I want to know how you feel after one year under the new government,” he said.

He, however, said he was not sure whether his presence here would help swing the Muslim vote towards Umno’s choice of candidate, Parti Bersatu Sabah’s Datuk Linda Tsen, but that he would do his part.

“I don’t know. I’m here not because I am not confident it will swing or anything. It is just that I want to show I still care for the people of Sandakan and Sabah. 

“They have been very close to me. And when there was an invitation for me to come and support, I definitely wanted to do my bit,” he said.

Najib also showed up to support BN in the last three by-elections – Cameron Highlands, Semenyih and Rantau – and BN candidates won all three.



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