1.30 am update ... Second thought?
Always possible. But what's quite certain is the DPM had no hand in drafting the statement; he was given the statement to approve (or amend/reject?).
Others had prepared the statement for Najib to read out. They took pains to go through piles of documents, some classified and some not. A motley crew of cabinet ministers, civil servants, thinkers, editors.
Editors!? What have journalists got to do with drafting a statement for the government to be used against a former prime minister of 22 years whose sin was to ask the man he made Prime Minister of this country a few hard questions and let out the truth about who his First Choice as his successor had been?
10.30pm update ... I've just been told that the statement will be issued only tomorrow. Najib will still have to do it, though, as the PM is expected home only Saturday.
Original posting .. When the PM left the country for a last-minute holiday-cum-sinus operation, his deputy had to cancel his own plans to catch some World Cup football action in Germany.
But that was a small sacrifice compared with the test Mohd Najib Abdul Razak must pass tonight. Tonight, on behalf of the absent PM, the DPM must issue a statement that has been meticulously prepared to counter, once and for all, the "scathing attacks" on his boss by the former prime minister, Dr Mahathir.
It must be tough for Najib. He had been the "first choice" to succeed him, Dr M said recently when he put the Abdullah administration and on a strange defensive with his four questions.
Last I checked, at 9.24pm, Najib was still editing the statement.
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