Nazri, who is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department was summoned by PM Najib Razak to his office in Putrajaya early yesterday for a meeting over the issue.
Here's the rest of the Star report by Joceline Tan.
"He declined to elaborate on what transpired between him and the Prime Minister but said he had given his word that he would not speak any more on NCB or argue about it with Dr Mahathir.
“What I can say is that the Prime Minister is very concerned that some quarters may think that I am being used by the leadership to criticise Dr Mahathir. That is not true at all. What I said and did was on my own free will. You know me, I am my own man.
“I agreed to end this whole thing because I do not want to make things difficult for the Prime Minister, I don’t want to hurt his image,” he said,
Alluding to media reports of him as the “Last Samurai” or the last of the fearless politicians, he said there would be no hara kiri.
“Muslim Samurais do not commit harakiri,” he said.
Referring to Najib as the Shogun, he added: “My Shogun has spoken. As a Samurai, I have to do as he says.”
Najib, 57, and Nazri, 56, were contemporaries in the Umno Youth in the early 1990s.
Nazri’s war of words with Dr Mahathir over the NCB issue erupted earlier this week. Dr Mahathir defended the NCB system, saying it was useful in promoting values like discipline, honesty and rejecting corruption.
Nazri argued that the system should be revamped because it promoted racial sentiments and was out of tune with the changing political landscape.However, Nazri came under severe criticism from Malay nationalists and pro-Mahathir quarters when he used the word “racist” on the statesman."