I've Confidence In Najib, Says Abdullah
"I've confidence in Najib as the deputy prime minister for I'm satisfied with many of the tasks he has implemented," he told reporters after launching the National Intellectual Property Day 2007 here.
The prime minister was responding to queries surrounding the opposition's personal attacks on Najib in the run-up to the Ijok state by-election in Selangor tomorrow.
Voters will cast their ballots to pick either Barisan Nasional's (BN) K. Parthiban, 38, who is Tanjung Karang MIC secretary, or Parti Keadilan Rakyat's (PKR) Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, 61, who is former Guthrie Bhd chief executive officer.
Abdullah said that Najib, in his capacity as BN deputy chairman, had on numerous occasions proven his ability to lead the BN by-election machinery.
"Although I'm the BN chairman (and it's my) responsibility to lead, he has been heading the by-election machinery all this while, proving his capability with successful outcomes," he said.
The prime minister said the opposition should not have made personal attacks against his deputy as the accusations had nothing to do with Najib.
Since campaigning started following nominations on April 19, Najib has been the target of the opposition parties which have, among others, linked him to the murder of a Mongolian woman.
Asked on Najib's statement that Abdul Khalid was contesting the seat as he was unhappy with the government over the acquisition of shares in Guthrie, Abdullah said he believed that Najib had strong basis for such statement.
"I was told that Tan Sri (Abdul) Khalid wants to take some kind of action against Datuk Seri Najib. If that's what he wants, so be it," he said.
Asked on the strategy of launching personal attacks seen in the Ijok by-election, Abdullah said it was an unfortunate situation which started when the opposition fired the first salvo.
"When one group starts to do it then the other group will respond in the same manner. The rakyat is not going to benefit at all, the rakyat wants development, they want to know what the issues are, what the chosen party and candidate can do for them. I think that's what the rakyat wants to know," he said.
Abdullah urged the voters in Ijok to turn up in large numbers tomorrow to choose an assemblyman capable of bringing development to the constituency.
"Hopefully everybody will make a beeline for the polling centres. They shouldn't allow anyone to stop them from performing their duty," he said.
He reiterated that BN had picked the right candidate to contest the Ijok seat.
"I believe that we have a good candidate this time. The man can really deliver," he added.
The seat fell vacant following the death of BN assemblyman Datuk K. Sivalingam of heart failure on April 4.