PRIME Minister Najib Razak should do his homework before making statements like the Reformasi agenda is dead, said PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar.
Nurul was responding to the prime minister and Barisan Nasional chairman who yesterday visited Permatang Pauh in Penang, the stronghold of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
Najib had said the Reformasi agenda was no more as the opposition was being led by a “dictator”, referring to Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was prime minister when the movement started in the late 1990s.
“We did not start Reformasi specifically to target Dr Mahathir. It is clearly an institutional reform agenda, culminating into a better system of governance.
“I would ask the PM, please rethink your statements before you come out and condemn the very essence of an agenda that will benefit the rakyat,” Nurul Izzah told a press conference at PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya today.
Nurul Izzah also said Najib should ‘be a man’ and not destroy the agenda which is crucial to the survival of the country.
She questioned if the prime minister made the statement without thinking of the welfare of the people, which is an outline of the reform agenda.
“Is Najib Razak against the fight to eradicate corruption? Is he against the effort to reduce inequality and improve welfare of Malaysians?
“These are part and parcel of the reform agenda.
“Najib must also do some homework, read some history and then only comment,” she added.
Yesterday, Najib told the crowd during an event in Permatang Pauh to make a U-turn and support BN again.
He said BN could deliver better and make the country greater, and took potshots at Dr Mahathir by highliting his U-turns since he left Umno and joined the opposition.
The constituency is synonymous with PH and PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, who was jailed for five years on a sodomy conviction in 2015.
The seat has been held by his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is PH and PKR president, since his imprisonment.