Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak May Ignore PR And Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad But Najib Must Respond To His Own Deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s Frustrated Queries On the RM42 Billion 1MDB Scandal.(e/c)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 11.5.2015

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak may want to ignore PR and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, but Najib should respond to his own Deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s frustrated queries on the RM42 billion 1MDB scandal. Muhyiddin had asked,

“The rakyat wants to know, not just Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The rakyat wants to know why no one has been charged, why the 1MDB board has not been sacked, and about the position of the CEO and the prime minister as adviser”.

The Prime Minister must be open, transparent and accountable on this scandal because it involved huge public funds and loans amounting to RM 42 billion. Clearly the remedial measures adopted by Najib, in seeking an audit by the Auditor-General Reports or even by a professional accounting firm, is unsatisfactory because it is insufficient, inadequate and even impotent to rescue 1MDB to avoid the government incurring any losses by paying up on 1MDB’s behalf.

Now the Deputy Prime Minister himself has said that he is at a loss and does not even know what to say, even identifying 1MDB for UMNO’s loss in the recent Permatang Pauh by-election. Malaysians are not impressed by 1MDB’s magic show of vanishing funds, which explains the outrage and even anger felt by Muslims that Lembaga Tabung Haji participated in something wrong or even a bailout of 1MDB, by buying land at Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur from 1MDB.

To prove there is no cover-up, Najib should hold a joint press conference with Muhyiddin to answer the serious queries raised by his own deputy as to why no one has been charged, why the 1MDB Board was not sacked and even questioned the position of the Prime Minister as advisor of 1MDB. Any failure to do so would not only damage any credibility and integrity left in Najib, but may even precipitate an internal crisis with talk of an open challenge by Muhyiddin against Najib.

Kulim Bandar MP and UMNO Kulim division chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir even told The Malaysian Insider that Najib’s credibility is being questioned because of the 1MDB scandal and the people consider it as a failing by the president and prime minister. Datuk Abdul Aziz even went on to ask whether Najib is now a winnable candidate for UMNO. Yesterday night in Tawau, in front of a 40,000 crowd organised by UMNO Sabah, Najib fought back against the dissident factions in UMNO by defiantly saying that he would not resign.

At the very least, Najib should assume full responsibility for his mishandling of the 1MDB scandal by letting go of this post as Finance Minister to concentrate on his duties as Prime Minister. Failure to resign as Finance Minister will only pile up pressure on his to resign as Prime Minister.

LIM GUAN ENG

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民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2015年5月11日在吉隆坡发表声明:

拿督斯里纳吉可以不理会民联及敦马哈迪医生,但是纳吉必须回应本身副首相丹斯里慕尤丁针对一马机构420亿令吉丑闻的生气质问。

拿督斯里纳吉可以不理会民联及敦马哈迪医生,但是纳吉必须回应本身副首相丹斯里慕尤丁针对一马机构420亿令吉丑闻的生气质问。慕尤丁说:“人民要知道,不只是敦马哈迪医生,人民要知道为什么没有人被提控?为什么一马机构董事会没有被开除?以及总裁的职位、首相担任顾问。”

首相必须针对上述丑闻开诚布公、透明及问责,因为它涉及巨额的公款及贷款达420亿令吉。很明显地,纳吉所采取的补救措施,包括寻求总稽查司调查甚至委任专业独立的会计公司稽查,都无法让人满意,因为它不足够、不适当甚至没有办法避免政府为了拯救一马机构、协助还债而造成的损失。

现在副首相自己也说他也糊涂了,他也不知应该说什么,甚至确定一马机构丑闻是造成巫统在峇东博补选败的原因。马来西亚人对于一马机构如何“变魔术”把巨款变走并不感到出奇,这也解释了穆斯林对于朝圣基金局有份参与错误的事情或通过吉隆坡敦拉萨交易所向一马机构购买土地、拯救一马机构感到愤怒。

如果要证明本身没有隐瞒真相,纳吉应该与副首相慕尤丁主持一个记者会,以回答副首相提出的问题,为什么没有人被提控,为什么一马机构董事会没有被开除?他甚至怀疑首相担任一马机构顾问一职。如果纳吉做不了,他不只完全破坏仅存的信用及廉正,甚至可能陷入一场内部危机,坊间已经盛传慕尤丁会公开挑战纳吉。

居林国会议员及巫统居林区会主席拿督阿都阿兹昔甚至告诉《马来西亚内幕者》,纳吉的信用因为一马的丑闻备受质疑,人民视之为主席及首相的失败。拿督阿都阿兹甚至进一步问,纳吉是不是巫统可以胜选的候选人?昨晚在斗湖,由沙巴巫统主办的4万多人大集会前,纳吉反击巫统的反对派说他不会辞职。

至少,纳吉应该就错误管理一马机构丑闻负起全责,辞去财政部长一职,专心做好一名道相。如果他不辞去财政部长一职,他将进一步面对辞去首相一职的压力。
林冠英

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