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Sabah election: ‘If you don’t vote BN, you are stupid!’ – Really, Najib?

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To label voters as “stupid” just because they don’t vote for BN is simply not on, JD Lovrenciear writes.

Watch the video above to see the former prime minister, now a convict, bellow: “Kalau tak undi BN – palui!” – in English, “If you don’t vote BN, (you are) stupid!”

Najib, on the Sabah state election campaign trail, was speaking at Kampung Sembulan Lama within the Tanjung Aru constituency on the night of 18 September. (The words are uttered at point 9:10 during his full speech, posted on his Facebook page.)

Isn’t this a great insult to the people of this country?

To use the word stupid on people is degrading – anywhere in the world. To label voters as “stupid’ for not voting a particular party makes a mockery of their basic right to freely vote for the party of their choice.

Are such insults on the election campaign trail supposed to be dismissed with a smile or light banter?

People should decide what action to take against leaders who think they have the moral high ground and licence to talk down to people in any way they please.

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jjing
26 Sep 2020 9.27pm

but he still won

Ember
Ember
22 Sep 2020 12.01pm

The ones who are really stupid are those who let loose a convict to campaign for them.

KLeng Leong
KLeng Leong
22 Sep 2020 4.10am

Stupid comment from the stupidest man!

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