Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has hit out at the opposition for linking the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) Bill, tabled in Parliament Monday, to the Permatang Pauh by-election.

The deputy prime minister also refuted the claim that it was politically motivated.

“Whatever we do, they (opposition) will say that it has to do with the by-election or it is a political conspiracy. Actually, the Bill had been drawn up for quite some time but not tabled in Parliament yet until now,” he told reporters after visiting the Barisan Nasional’s (BN) by-election operations room in Sama Gagah, here Monday.

The DNA was tabled for the first reading and is expected to be passed during the current parliament sitting.

In the Permatang Pauh by-election, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is facing two other candidates, BN’s Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah and Hanafi Mamat from Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (AKIM).

The by-election is held following PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s resignation as Permatang Pauh MP on July 31 to make way for her husband Anwar, the PKR advisor, to contest the seat.

On the fuel price, Najib hoped the people would receive some good news when the 2009 Budget is tabled as the world crude oil price has also gone down.

“We have announced the adjustment on a monthly basis, so we just wait for the outcome,” he said.

Meanwhile, Najib hoped that any changes or transfer of power in Pakistan following President Pervez Musharaf’s resignation would not result in turmoil or violence in that country.

“Let the people of Pakistan, through its political system, decide on the leadership and Malaysia hopes the process will be smooth.

“Peace and stability in Pakistan is not only important to its people but to the rest of the world too,” he said. BERNAMA