Monday, May 11, 2015

“You helped me, I help you” remarks is not the answer that will end questions being raised about 1 MDB; neither is it the solution to Najib’s political woes



Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on 11th May, 2015

“You helped me, I help you” remarks is not the answer that will end questions being raised about 1 MDB; neither is it the solution to Najib’s political woes

It was reported that during a rally yesterday in Sabah, the Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Abdul Razak pointed out that he had remained steadfast behind Mahathir when the latter almost lost as Umno president in 1987 and the former prime minister should now return the favour.

He added if Mahathir cannot do so, then he should not be making noise.

My immediate thoughts when I read the news were “how pathetic could Najib be!” 

The issue at hand is the 1 MDB scandal which Mahathir and many others have been aggressively pursuing and which Najib has failed to provide satisfactory answers till today.

As the Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Najib has a duty to answer all the doubt and questions that have been raised about 1 MDB, including Tabung Haji’s purchase of land from 1 MDB. 

If he cannot answer or is not prepared to fully answer the doubts and questions raised, then he should expect continued pressures and criticism and be prepared to resign as Prime Minister and Finance Minister. 

Asking Mahathir for a return favour for his part in saving Mahathir during the 1987 Uno crisis is both pathetic and laughable. 

Such “ I helped you, you help me” remarks only show how weak is his position as Umno President, especially after the deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin has said there days ago that the 1 MDB scandal was so serious that it could explode on UMNO.

Najib should know better that the “ You helped me, I help you ” remarks is not the answer that will end questions  being raised about 1 MDB , neither it is the solution to his political woes. 

It was also reported that Najib has said that no individual has the right to ask the removal of a democratically elected leader. 

Can Najib explain why was former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Badawi asked to resign after the 2008 general election when he then was also a democratically elected leader? 

Can he tell Malaysians what part did he play in Abdullah’s resignation as Prime Minister?


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