Saifuddin: Najib spent 100 days copying our ideas

By Lee Wei Lian, The Malaysian Insider

PKR leader Saifuddin Nasution has criticised the prime minister’s key policy achievements in his first hundred days in office as lacking in originality and a copy of Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) ideas.

Since taking office on April, Datuk Seri Najib Razak has spoken frequently about his 1 Malaysia philosophy which is aimed at fostering national unity among the different ethnic groups in Malaysia.

He has also risked the wrath of his pro-Malay party and made several key policy decisions widely perceived as an attempt to win back lost non-Malay support to the Barisan Nasional (BN).

These include announcing a new category of merit-based scholarships and a recent declaration that ethnic-based quotas are outdated policies that hamper the nation’s competitiveness, which appear to be similar to PR’s official stand made before the general election last year that there should be no racial discrimination.

“Najib has successfully hijacked the ideas of Pakatan to win back the support of the non-Malays,” the PKR election director and Machang member of parliament told The Malaysian Insider.