Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was sworn in as an Opposition MP for the first time in his political career yesterday.
Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, however, was not seen with him. It is traditional to have spouses and family members invited to the swearing-in ceremony.
At 11.45am, Dr Ahmad Zahid was the first to take the oath for Barisan Nasional lawmakers, followed by Najib.
After all the MPs were sworn in, Najib told reporters that he had accepted his fate and stopped dwelling on the past.
When asked how he felt as an MP, he replied: “I have accepted it. My priority is to attend to the people, and I want to be an opposition lawmaker who is constructive.
“I want to be a constructive Opposition member and I would like to play my role to ensure that the country practises a healthy democracy,” he said.
Najib said he only has one wish now – for the Pakatan Harapan government led by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to walk the talk.
Najib said he also hoped that the government would allow for a constructive democracy.
“When we were in government, we were always blamed.
“Now it’s time for them to give the opposition a chance to speak, which they have already denied in the appointment of speaker.”
He said the opposition was not opposed to the candidacy of the speaker, only the fact that the government had failed to follow the standing orders.
He was referring to the appointment of retired judge Mohd Ariff as Speaker where Opposition MPs except for Khairy Jamaluddin and Anifah Aman staged a walkout in protest.