The impending general elections have brought with it the first volley of dirty tricks for 2013 with unverified reports that Najib suffered a minor stroke over the weekend.
The source of the rumour is the Sarawak Report which, in an article dated 5 January, said that Najib suffered a minor stroke and that his doctors had to be put on stand by.
The article milks this unsubstantiated hearsay for all its worth by suggesting that such an incident would be politically fatal for someone three months away from leading the government into a crucial election.
Anwar was not so easily convinced by the veracity of the article when he retweeted the link to the Sarawak Report story this morning, saying: “If it’s true, then I pray for his good health”.
Najib is reportedly fighting fit and is this morning attending the monthly gathering of the Prime Minister's Department in Putrajaya.