Some BN state assemblypersons were caught telling lies about themselves when they met Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak for a face-to-face session in Miri last week.
The meetings, held in anticipation of state polls expected to be announced soon this year, were a follow-up to the meeting Najib had with the BN Members of Parliament in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 8.
According to BN state representatives Dr Jerip Susil (right) from the Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) and Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) vice president Daud Abdul Rahman, some of their colleagues were caught telling such tall tales that it had upset even the prime minister himself.
“He (Najib) has all the information in a record book on each of us from the Barisan Nasional,” said Dr Jerip, the holds the Bengoh seat.
“The information is gathered by the Special Branch, Information Department and other relevant agencies on each of the state assemblypersons.
“Although we met the prime minister one by one, the others waiting on the chairs could hear the conversation.
“I heard some trying to say something, then Najib (left) flipped over the pages of the 'record book' and asked, “Are you sure?” in a clear voice,” Dr Jerip added.
There were several instances when, asked about the demographics of their constituencies, some state assemblypersons tried to beat around the bush instead of admitting ignorance.
Given the importance of such information on demographics - such as the percentages of each community's representation in the representatives' constituencies- to voting patterns, “the prime minister was not amused with that kind of answer,” said Dr Jerip,
Dr Jerip said he did not face problems at the session.
Daud (right), meanwhile, who is also Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister's Office and holds the Tupong state constituency, said some assemblypersons had given themselves unbelievably high ratings.
“When they talked highly of themselves, the prime told them off in their face. Najib did not hide his displeasure at these YBs,” said Daud, as there is no need to tell lies or exaggerate to Najib's face.
There were some assemblypersons, on the other hand, who gave themselves low rating although Najib knew they had been performing well in their constituencies.
“Najib knew that these are the type of elected representatives who have a better chance of retaining their seats in the election,” he added.
Taken from Malaysiakini.