KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 ― Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today he will not resort to personal attacks like Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as it is unbecoming of a prime minister to do so.
Najib said that as the current PM, he has to maintain decorum when handling criticism from the former prime minister and cannot dish out personal attacks.
“I do not want to stoop to his level. I am the prime minister for Malaysia. I have brought about moral politics. I have to be polite.
“I rather be sarcastic and cynical. Not whack blatantly. I cannot be brutal, crude or rude. We cannot teach Malaysians such politics. We as leaders have to set a good example,” Najib said during his speech to over 3,000 Umno members at the party’s social media convention today.
He added that any rebuttals made to the Opposition and Dr Mahathir should be fact-based and on a policy level instead of personal attacks.
“Even if we have a difference of opinion, we should be fact and policy based. Even if you don’t agree with the policy, don’t attack someone personally. That is not the way of Malaysian politics,” Najib stressed.
Najib and Dr Mahathir have been loggerheads since the former started attacking the current administration over issues like 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Dr Mahathir has since then left Umno and gone on to form Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) which has become a part of the Opposition bloc Pakatan Harapan together with DAP, PKR and Parti Amanah Negara.