The only way to remove Najib Razak and the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) from power is via the ballot box, “despite the unfair electoral system”, said Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua.
The DAP National Publicity Secretary also said ministerial replies in Parliament on the multi-billion dollar 1MDB scandal, “when there were replies”, had made a mockery of the institution.
Those travelling overseas, said the MP, were faced with questions as to how Najib could remain firmly in power even after allegations that a few billion ringgit “misappropriated from 1MDB” had “found their way into his personal account”.
Foreigners were bewildered as to how a so-called democratic system could tolerate such unprecedented excesses, he said in a statement.
The reason, according to Pua, is that the parliamentary institution is a mere façade whose sole existence is to lend legitimacy to those in power.
“It’s a pesky inconvenience which Najib needs to tolerate to continue to present a semblance of a modern progressive nation,” said the lawmaker from Selangor.
To prove his point, he said the prime minister was almost always absent from Parliament.
He gave examples of the type of replies given by the government bench in Parliament.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Razali Ibrahim, had said there was no need for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to question Riza Aziz, Najib’s stepson, as Riza was not being probed for graft.
When Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin asked about the US Department of Justice’s allegations that Riza had bought luxury properties overseas with 1MDB funds, Pua said: “Razali audaciously replied, ‘what’s wrong if people with lots of money buy things?’”.
The point that the funds were “stolen from the government” did not matter to the minister, Pua claimed.
When the MP for Puchong, Gobind Singh, had asked about re-opening MACC’s investigation into the RM2.6 billion found in the prime minister’s personal bank accountS, Razali admitted the MACC had not bothered to investigate the money trail, said Pua.
The fact that ministers could get away with such nonchalant and nonsensical replies in Parliament, epitomised the collapse of Malaysia’s democratic institutions, Pua said.
Source : FMT Reporters Online