Najib fends off Kit Siang's 'Sandakan knockout' comment, points to Pakatan's previous defeats


Datuk Seri Najib Razak (in blue shirt) was only in Sandakan to campaign for half-a-day.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak (in blue shirt) was only in Sandakan to campaign for half-a-day.

KOTA KINABALU: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has chided DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang for describing DAP's victory in Sandakan as a knockout blow to him.

"DAP has won big in Sandakan, congratulations to DAP," he said in a Facebook post.

"But he (Lim) has said that this is a knockout blow for me when I was only in Sandakan for half a day and had one campaign speech with the people," he said.

He said his visit to Sandakan was at the request of opposition Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) to help in their campaign.

The Pekan MP said despite Lim campaigning for days for the previous Cameron Highlands and Semenyih by-elections, Pakatan Harapan still lost.

"None of us from Barisan Nasional came out so arrogant to say that all these victories meant knockouts for Kit Siang," he said.

Najib said with the same logic, the dwindling stock market which has been given the worst performance in the world, fell further last week, making it the lowest in over three years.

"Does this also mean that this is a knockout for his son?" he said referring to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

He, however, believes that PBS and Barisan will learn from the Sandakan by-election and fix their flaws.

"Our fighting spirit will not be diminished," Najib said.

DAP’s Vivian Wong won by a landslide in the Sandakan parliamentary by-election on Saturday (May 11), crushing PBS’s Datuk Linda Tsen.

The 30-year-old political novice, who will be the youngest woman to enter Parliament, retained the seat won by her father the late Datuk Stephen Wong Tien Fatt with an increased majority of 11,521 votes.

Lim had said the victory was a knockout blow to Najib following the by-election result.