KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 – Former prime minister Najib Razak today expressed hope that his four-year rivalry with Dr Mahathir Mohamad would not reach “extreme” levels.
“We can have different views, but if we fight, we hope it does not reach extreme levels in our actions,” Najib told some 200 people in Kampung Kerinchi today during a programme.
He added that it was not a trait of the Malays to be vindictive.
Earlier, he was asked if Mahathir had reached out to him to settle their differences.
“So far there has been no signal,” the Pekan MP replied. “But if you want to ask, then you should ask him.”
Mahathir, who had supported Najib when he replaced Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2009, fell out with Najib in 2015 over his handling of the 1MDB affair.
Najib today said there should be no vengeance in their political rivalry.
“What will happen to the politics of this country then?”
Najib also hit out at Pakatan Harapan after a PKR senator threatened to sack Orang Asli village chiefs in Cameron Highlands if they did not support the ruling coalition in the upcoming by-election there.
He claimed BN had never resorted to such practices.