TTDI, Fri: In 2008, the blogger Annie was desperately seeking funds to set up a centre for special needs children in Kuantan. The parent of a special child, Annie approached an aide of Najib Razak, who promised to let Najib know about the request for funds ASAP.
"He understood why I had to settle the matter before I leave Pahang.My friend came back to see me a week later.Najib had approved an allocation for the fund from a special budget in his capacity as deputy prime minister."
Annie, one of the few bloggers who have so far refrained from taking sides in the Najib-Mahathir quarrel, is making a stand when it comes to Permata, the brainchild of Rosmah Mansor, the PM's wife.
"... I think we need to be fair.Whacking Permata which is meant to assist children, including those with special needs, is not fair.I believe that those who are going after Najib, should not make Permata their target. It's being mean to do that, okay."
Permata, a special program for Malaysian children under 4 years old, was turned into a punching bag by the anti-Najib crowd after an award meant for Rosmah for her work at Permata was "deferred" following pressure from at least two international media organisations known for their crusade against the Malaysian Prime Minister.
Please read Life of Annie's Please don't whack Permata.
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