Posted on February 14, 2011, Monday
KUCHING: PBB deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg had a hard time answering questions from reporters on the claim made by a party vice-president Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman recently.
Although Daud had clarified in a news portal that his statement that certain BN assemblymen had lied to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during an interview session recently in Miri was wrongly interpreted by the printed media, it did not stop the printed media from attempting to get comments from Abang Johari yesterday at Kampung Samariang Baru here.
“Ask Daud who was lying … how would I know … it is Daud who knows,” he told the press after visiting a jetty and building project site yesterday.
When asked whether the party would take action if it was true that some assemblymen from the party had lied to the prime minister, Abang Johari said action would be taken if it was true.
However, he stressed that at this stage it was not an issue whether or not the party would take any action because there was no proof.
“We must speak the truth … if lying, it means there’s no dignity. However I do not know who were lying … or whether the statement (by Daud) is true or not … I don’t know,” he said.
Last Monday, Daud was reported to have claimed that certain Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblymen were red-faced when they tried to lie to Najib by overrating their winning chances in the next state election.
“There were some who tried to self-boost themselves by overrating their winning chances, and at that juncture the PM pointed out directly at them that they were not truthful,” he told reporters after chairing the state-level Prophet Muhammad’s birthday celebration meeting at the Samarahan Resident’s Office in Samarahan.
Daud, however, did not reveal the names of the assemblymen who overrated their winning chances, but said it would not be a surprise if they were excluded from the BN lineup in the next state polls.
Abang Johari was also asked whether the party would ask Daud to explain his statement.
On this, he said: “It is between Daud and the party leadership.”
He added that since the interview with Najib was made in groups, he could not confirm whether the claim was true.
“We met PM in groups … so, how would I know who was lying … those who were in my group were Daud, (Sharifah) Hasidah (Sayeed Aman Ghazali), Datuk Sri (Mohamad) Ali (Mahmud), Tan Joo Phui and (Abdul) Karim (Rahman) Hamzah.
“Was he referring to those in the group or not … I don’t know… ask Daud … he knows,” he said. - Borneo Post
* Daud salahkan media tersilap tafsir