PETALING JAYA: Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad (pic) "thanked" former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for Malaysia's massive drop in the world happiness index.
The Amanah leader said the Pekan MP, who faces a slew of court charges over the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal, might be the main contributor to the nation's ranking plummeting.
In the 2019 World Happiness Report, Malaysia is ranked in 80th position - a massive drop of 45 places compared with 2018 when it was ranked 35th.
“In the first half of 2018, the rakyat were unhappy. That is why they dumped Najib (in last year's general election).
“The second half of 2018 was difficult. Half were happy because Najib was out and the other half upset for the same reason.
“Malaysia was in uncharted waters as far as much of the public was concerned. Many projects were stopped as they were being reviewed by the new administration,” Khalid was quoted saying to news portal Malaysiakini.
Najib, in a Facebook post Thursday (March 21) afternoon, took a sarcastic swipe at Khalid over his speech on Wednesday (March 20) where the latter lauded Malaysia's 35th position in the 2018 index.
Najib said that hours after Khalid's speech, the 2019 index revealed that Malaysia had slipped to 80th position.
He said that the Pakatan Harapan minister should realise that the rakyat will not be happy with "their lies" about the economic situation.
In response, Khalid said Najib was “still on a high and his scandals were only beginning to be understood” when the 2018 report, which took into account surveys from 2015, 2016 and 2017, was published.
Khalid also said that the 2019 report encompassed surveys from 2018.
“I am sure his (Najib's) personal happiness ranking has plummeted,” he was quoted by the news portal.
Khalid also said that when he delivered his speech on Wednesday, the 2019 results were not announced.
Therefore, he did not address the problems encountered due to the transition period.
“However I am confident that it will be resolved and our ratings will improve as we put things right,” he added.