Wading into the row perceived as an attempt to muzzle the media over government reports, the former prime minister conceded Najib had the right to use the existing laws to defend his reputation. “Ya, it is right,” Dr Mahathir replied when asked by reporters if the sixth prime minister was right in suing for defamation. Despite that, the 88-year-old insisted he would not have taken the same action as Najib. “I don't, I won't sue. They call me anything also, they can,” he said. “This is politics. In politics, you get cursed. That’s alright,” added Dr Mahathir.