KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Barisan Nasional had given its backbenchers the green light to go on an overseas study tour this month.
Najib, who is the BN chief whip, said he approved the study trip.
“I approve anything that is constructive. It (the study tour) is a programme initiated by the BN Backbenchers’ Club. It is up to them.
“It will be a good opportunity for our backbenchers to learn something,” he said yesterday after launching the Rakan Cop National Service programme.
Najib said the public should not read too much into the trip scheduled on the eve of Sept 16, the date opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has said would see him forming the next government.
Anwar needs 30 backbenchers to defect to topple BN and the sudden nature of the trip has sparked speculation that the BN leadership was sending backbenchers away to pre-empt crossovers.
Yesterday, Najib quashed such talk and Anwar’s plans to form a new government on Sept 16.