Najib subtly trolls Pakatan Harapan government over certificates needed 'to be a minister'

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak leaves the courthouse after being charged in court in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 12, 2018.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak leaves the courthouse after being charged in court in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 12, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

PETALING JAYA • Former Malay-sian prime minister Najib Razak has subtly hit out at the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration over the "certificates" required to become its ministers.

Posting on both Facebook and Twitter yesterday, the Pekan MP compared the amount of validated certification needed to apply for the Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) cash aid scheme to "being a minister".

"Nak pohon BSH, rakyat kena bagi 5 sijil sahih. Nak jadi Menteri, 1 sijil palsu dah cukup," he said, as he ended the post with the hashtag #MalaysiaBaru. The message, translated from Malay, reads: "To apply for BSH, the rakyat needs to provide five valid certificates. To be a minister, one fake certificate is enough."

Among the certified documents required by applicants of the BSH scheme are marriage certification, divorce or death certification of their spouse, as well as copies of their MyKad, passport or birth certificate.

Najib made the comments following revelations of several PH politicians who allegedly got their education qualifications from "degree mills".

Deputy Foreign Minister Marzuki Yahya came under fire after it was revealed that he had obtained a degree from Cambridge International University in the United States, and not the prestigious University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2019, with the headline 'Najib subtly trolls PH govt over certificates needed 'to be a minister''. Print Edition | Subscribe