Moral questions Najib needs to answer

Opinion  |  R Nadeswaran
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Dear Mr Former Prime Minister,

For a man who went to public school in the United Kingdom, the proverb “those who live in glass houses should not throw stones” must not be alien to you. We would urge you to educate your party stalwarts before we are accused of “throwing stones” at you.

We say this because some of your party leaders (including lawyers) don’t seem to understand terms like “arrest of ship” and “conflict of interests”. Such ignorance can sometimes lead to rent-a-mobs taking to the streets, yet again because they lack an understanding of the English language.

We don’t know how to address you. Some call you “Pekan”, others refer to you as “MO1” or simply plain “Najib”. We will opt for “YB” to preserve the sanctity of your office as an elected member of parliament.

On Aug 30, you argued that Putrajaya's move to appoint Petron as one of three fuel providers for government vehicles creates a moral conflict.

“That is something that is weighing on the minds of Malaysians today. Surely the question of who owns Petron can create a conflict in terms of decisions and morals,” Malaysiakini quoted you as saying.

YB, let us correct you on what is weighing on the minds of Malaysians. They are trying to imagine the size of the wealth which was stolen by many of your party cronies under your watch. We are also wondering how to drive some sense into the heads of some of your colleagues who continue to (wrongly) chant that the religion, race, and royalty are under siege.

When you talk about moral conflict, what immediately comes to mind are images of your wife boarding a government-owned jet with no less than 17 suitcases. My question is: Wasn’t it a conflict when you approved the jet for her use when she was not travelling on government business? What was so valuable in the bags that they could not be put in the hold?

YB, where was your morality when you appointed people with tainted hands to high positions which resulted in the loss of millions to the government? Didn’t you discard your so-called morality when you put foxes in charge of hen houses?

We don’t even want to touch on 1MDB or SRC lest your lawyers attempt to cite us for contempt but look at some of the other decisions or actions...

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