PETALING JAYA: Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang has slammed Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for going from prime minister to self-professed troll, suggesting that trolling is equivalent to online harrassment.
"How sad that a former prime minister has become a troll, and even sadder (that) he is quite proud of it," Lim said in a statement Thursday (Oct 25).
He said according to Wikipedia, "media attention in recent years has equated trolling with online harassment".
"Najib is clearly trying to deflect attention from his frequent to-and-fro trips to the courts and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for his monstrous corruption and money-laundering crimes," Lim said.
He said Najib's latest target was deputy education minister Teo Nie Ching, who said the previous administration was partly to blame for the drop in National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) repayments this year.
In response, Najib said that if helping university graduates by delaying the PTPTN loan repayment was an offence, then he was willing to take the blame.
Quoting a study by Khazanah Research Institute (KRI), Lim said research showed that despite going to school for an average of 12 years, Malaysian students got only about nine years’ worth of meaningful education.
“It indicates a potential deficiency in the Malaysian education system, where students get three years of schooling that do not contribute to their educational achievement,” Lim said.
He questioned if Najib would accept responsibility for the deplorable state of education in Malaysia under his nine years of premiership.
Lim's attack on Najib was in response to the admission by the former premier in Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 23) that he often trolled Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng – who is Lim's son – to debate issues with him online .
"What I want to raise now is on the (issue of) the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) with the Finance Minister, whom I frequently debate online," Najib had said.
"I troll him every day," Najib admitted, drawing laughter from the floor when taking part in debates on the 11th Malaysia Plan.