When it comes to former Prime Minister Najib Razak, people have a lot to say. He’s made many headlines this year, including the time he met up with the Johor Crown Prince back in February this year. The politician became a hot topic again when he got invited to ride the new MRT line recently.
Apparently, MRT Corp had invited the former Prime Minister for a sneak preview experience of the new MRT Putrajaya Line Phase 1 a day before the official launch, which was attended by current Prime Minister Ismail Sabri. The reception to that news have been mixed but MRT Corp has now given their response.
Najib did a live broadcast on his official Facebook where we see him and his family arriving at one of the PJ line stations at Kepong Baru. They were given a tour by staff members and posed for a few photos before getting a free ride on the train. It should be noted that the time of the politician’s arrival and preview was during non-peak hours so there were no congestions at the station.
The Facebook broadcast, that was also shared by MRT Corp, was met with mixed comments by netizens on both Facebook and Twitter with some thanking the 68-year-old for his contribution in improving the public transport system which has made commuting much easier while others were concerned as to why he was invited in the first place because of his ongoing legal case.
As reported by Berita Harian, MRT Corp responded to some questions and stated the reason why they invited Najib on that day. “In his tweet, he stated his interest to board the train so we replied to his tweet and invited him on the train,” said MRT Corp CEO Datuk Mohd Zarif Hashim. He did not however, comment on the backlash received by netizens. The response itself was also met with mixed reactions:
In other news, Minister of Transport Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong finally gave an update on the current frequency issues for the LRT Kelana Jaya line. The minister said in a statement that the train frequency is expected to improve by August and that all repairs will be completed by November. While that’ll be a long wait, at least we got something to look forward.