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'Will Guan Eng be hit with graft to deflect Najib’s scandals?'

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DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang wants to know whether his son, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, will be arrested and charged with corruption over his bungalow purchase so as to deflect attention from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s scandals.

Lim pointed out how Najib’s scandals, in relation to his brainchild 1Malaysia Development Bhd and the RM2.6 billion ‘donation’, have become the top daily topics of conversation among Malaysians.

And despite ‘Herculean efforts’ to sweep Najib’s scandals under the carpet, Lim said, there was instead increasing national and international attention on the scandals.

“Which explains the intense and systematic attack on DAP leaders, and in particular on Lim Guan Eng in the past 10 days, accusing him of corruption in his RM2.8 million bungalow purchase and the campaign of lies and falsehoods on issues unrelated to Guan Eng’s bungalow purchase.

“Will Guan Eng be arrested and charged with corruption in connection with his bungalow purchase to deflect growing national and international attention on Najib’s RM55 billion 1MDB and RM2.6 billion 'donation' twin mega scandals?” Lim asked in his speech at the Save Malaysia rally held in Pandan Indah last night.

Meanwhile, citing Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) ‘Four Corners’ documentary , Lim said the programme titled ‘State of Fear: Murder and Money in Malaysia’ revisited Najib’s scandals.

Laying out purported details of Najib’s personal bank accounts, the programme said that its crew had been shown the bank documents by an unnamed 'high-level source'.

'We are entitled to the truth'

“The banking documents reveal an extraordinary and steady flow of money between 2011 and 2014,” said the programme narrator.

Among others, US$75 million (RM301 million at today's exchange rates) purportedly came from a Saudi prince, while another US$80 million (RM321 million) came from the Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Finance.

Commenting on this, Lim said Malaysians were entitled to ‘the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth’ and not ‘snippets of information from a foreign broadcasting documentary’.

As such, Lim wonders whether Najib will sue the ABC to clear his name if the claims made were not true.

Najib has consistently denied any wrongdoing, while attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali has exonerated him following an investigation by the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

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