Lim Kit Siang says there is no place in the opposition alliance for those who do not see the seriousness of the 1MDB scandal and its negative impact on the country.
“Malaysians should have no truck with such sheep in wolves’ clothing,” said Lim in a statement today.
Such sheep in wolves’ clothing, he explained, are those in the opposition who do not see anything wrong with Malaysia being regarded worldwide as a “global kleptocracy”.
There are those who still want more proof that “MO1”, who was mentioned 36 times in the US Department of Justice’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative is Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, or want more evidence about the multi-billion dollar 1MDB global financial scandal.
As such Lim argued that any alliance between opposition parties must include a clause to urge legal action to bring those responsible for the scandal to justice.
“This must be the pre-condition for an effective opposition coalition in Malaysia – agreement on a minimal common objective to save Malaysia from ending up like Zimbabwe as a kleptocracy, Argentina as a failed state and North Korea as an autocratic state where the citizens have lost their basic democratic rights,” he stressed.
Lim’s veiled reference could be a prod against PAS, particularly its president Abdul Hadi Awang, who continue to ask for more evidence on 1MDB and failed to directly criticise Najib over the matter.
DAP is adamant there is no place for PAS in any opposition alliance, though its allies – PKR and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia continue to court the Islamist party which used to represent the lynchpin of rural Malay support for the now defunct Pakatan Rakyat opposition pact.
Can’t move on without action
In the same statement, Lim also responded to the speech by Mustapha Mohamed at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos Switzerland, that it was time for Malaysia to “move on” from 1MDB and leave it behind us.
The DAP parliamentary leader argued that the government must take action before we could even think of moving on.
As of now he noted that not a single person in Malaysia had been held accountable for the abuse of power, embezzlement, misappropriation and money-laundering which made 1MDB one of the largest scandal in the world.
All this while international authorities and including foreign countries like the United States, Switzerland and Singapore which were going after those responsible for creating the mess.
“How can Malaysia ‘move on’ from the 1MDB scandal in such circumstances?” asked Lim.
He argued that Malaysia must come to grips with the 1MDB scandal and appoint a Royal Commission of Inquiry to chase down every sen from 1MDB and save Malaysia from the infamy and ignominy of being labeled a global kleptocracy.
“If the Najib Government and Cabinet are not prepared to do the above, then only ordinary Malaysians can save Malaysia in the 14th General Election,” Lim said.
Yesterday, Mustapha told AFP on the sidelines of WEF that Malaysia had learned many lessons and we are moving forward from the scandal.
“Essentially we have to move on and we have confidence that a number of issues that came to limelight as a result of 1MDB will at some point, be behind us.
“We have the authorities to go after those responsible for creating the mess. The law is taking its course,” he said.
Source : @ Malaysiakini