Concurring that the entire cabinet should be held responsible for the 1MDB imbroglio, former de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim questioned why the ministers were not resigning over the matter.
In a series of tweets today, Zaid said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak could not be expected to follow the principle of good governance if members of his cabinet were not willing to follow suit.
He was responding to Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah ( photo ), who said on Monday that Najib should not be held solely responsible for 1MDB.
"Tengku Razaleigh (and) his team resigned when in dispute with (then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed in) 1987.
"It was different time, when leaders took responsibility seriously," Zaid lamented.
Tengku Razaleigh had said that all cabinet ministers should be held equally responsible regardless of whether they have knowledge of what transpired in the 1MDB matter, and should not plead ignorance over public issues.
If in the dark, he added, the ministers should raise the matter in a cabinet meeting.
"Everybody in the cabinet must be collectively responsible for this problem. You cannot say 'this is your problem, not my problem'," Tengku Razaleigh had told reporters.
Prior to this, similar calls were also made by the opposition.
PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli had asked Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin why he did not resign when Najib refused to heed his advice on 1MDB.
Tunku Razaleigh spot on. The rest of the Cabinet are equally responsible for the 1MDB debacle . Why are they unwilling to resign? #fb
— Zaid Ibrahim (@zaidibrahim) May 27, 2015