Najib: I never interfered with Umno administration; Zahid free to lead party

Najib: I never interfered with Umno administration; Zahid free to lead party
Najib says Ahmad Zahid has full authority over the direction of Umno. ― Picture by Azneal Ishak

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 — Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today denied interfering with Umno since stepping down as party president.

He said the new leader has full authority over the direction of the party.

“Since I left as president I have not interfered in the administration of Umno, Zahid is very free to decide,” he said referring to party president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“I am backing him as president giving full cooperation but I am entitled to defend my policies and to clear the misconceptions and some of the manipulation of facts and figures.

“I think to be fair, self-defense is a right given to any individual and citizen that’s why I’m exercising my rights to explain,” he said.

This comes after former tourism minister and Umno former supreme council member Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz who suggested that Najib distance himself from the party.

Nazri had said this would allow Zahid to lead Umno as party president freely and without interference.

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