KUALA LUMPUR, August 7 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak has only today explained what he meant with “Cash is King”- the phrase that brought him a lot of backlash from his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the public.
The former prime minister said that he did not literally mean he was “King of Cash” or “Cash is King” (in its literal meaning).
“I did not mean it in a literal way when I said cash is king.
“Actually what I meant was the people are the king and the cash we use to help the people.
“Tun Mahathir perceived a connotation that is inaccurate. Maybe he didn’t understand or deliberately doesn’t want to understand, or pretended to not understand.
“What I meant was as a government, our responsibility is to help those who need help.
“The poor, those who have kids and have no money to buy clothes, shoes, as the Western saying goes, cannot put enough food on the table, those with family members who are old,” he said at a special forum called “Hard Truth: Cash is King”, here at the Umno headquarters yesterday.
Najib was responding to a question by the forum moderator, on what he truly meant with “cash is king” which Dr. Mahathir often uses in criticizing Najib.