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Nooryana Najwa defends Najib, says father could not disappoint fellow comrade

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PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s daughter Nooryana Najwa Najib has leapt to the defence of her father following criticism that the former premier’s campaigning in Sungai Kandis had tainted the by-election.

She said that Najib had only gone to campaign at the request of Barisan Nasional’s candidate Datuk Lokman Noor Adam.

“When the question arose whether my father should appear in Sungai Kandis, some of his closest confidants cautioned him that the party could blame him for the loss.

"Lokman appealed to him to come down and make an appearance. Naturally, he felt reluctant at first. Eventually, he took that brave step,” she said in a comment piece in news portal Malaysiakini on Thursday (Aug 9).

Nooryana Najwa added that Najib could not say no or disappoint his fellow comrade who was brave enough to galvanise support during the recent trying times faced by her father.

She claimed that the loss in the by-election should not be blamed on her father.

"It was never going to be an easy battle to win in Sg Kandis. The seat was not for PKR to lose as they were the incumbent and their winning margin was big in GE14. 

"To compound matters, a demoralised BN machinery that came so soon from the devastating GE14 loss was a shadow of its previous self," she said.

Nooryana Najwa said that Najib has never abandoned the rakyat, companions, and comrades in challenging times.

In the Sungai Kandis by-election on Aug 4, Pakatan Harapan retained the state seat with a much-reduced majority.

The voter turnout was also much lower compared with GE14.

Pakatan's Zawawi Ahmad Mughni won with 15,427 votes, while Barisan's Lokman garnered 9,585 votes and independent candidate K. Murthy received 97 votes. The voter majority was 5,842.

In the May 9 general election, Pakatan's Mat Shuhaimi Shafie had won the seat with 23,998 votes.

He, however, succumbed to lymphoma on July 2, which paved the way for the by-election.

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