DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang has reiterated that the opposition is willing to cooperate with disgruntled Umno members to rescue the country from its downward spiral.
“DAP and Pakatan Harapan are prepared to work and cooperate with disaffected Umno leaders, branches and members in a new political realignment to ‘Save Malaysia’ from rampant corruption, widespread socio-economic injustices and nation-building failures,” he said at a function in Gelang Patah last night.
He was commenting on Prime Minister Najib Razak conjuring away the 1MDB scandal with the New Year’s Eve signing of a rescue deal involving selling off its Bandar Malaysia stake, as the “worst example of denial syndrome in the nation's history”.
“The year 2016 is a year of political realignment in Malaysia where the greatest challenge is not how to save an individual, whether Najib, or a political party, whether Umno, but how to save Malaysia from continuing with the policy disasters leading Malaysia to a failed and rogue state,” said Lim, the Gelang Patah MP.
This follows almost six months of infighting within the ruling party Umno, after Najib removed party deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin from the cabinet, along with vice-president Mohd Shafie Apdal.
Muhyiddin was also prevented from speaking at Umno's annual general meeting in early December.
He then organised his own gathering the day before the Umno AGM officially opened, which saw the attendance of about 1,000 people, along with Shafie and former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Mahathir is one of the fiercest critics of his former protege Najib and 1MDB.
A number of grassroots leaders have spoken up against Najib, urging him to resign as president of the party due to the scandals plaguing him.
Nine branch leaders from the Teluk Kemang Umno division had even lodged a report with the Registrar of Societies over the RM2.6 billion deposited into Najib's personal accounts.
However, they were then stripped of their right to vote and stand as candidates for leadership positions in the party for six years.
Najib has consistently denied wrongdoing in these matters and has insisted the RM2.6 billion was a "political donation" from the middle east.