MP SPEAKS | The statement issued by Najib Abdul Razak addressed to the Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran not to blame him if Pakatan Harapan can’t decide on the Parliament speaker is the surest tell-tale sign that the former prime minister is up to no good at the opening of Parliament.
I thank those who had mistakenly congratulated me as the new speaker of Parliament – as I will be a backbencher, and not speaker.
But there is no problem with the Pakatan Harapan deciding on the Parliament speaker, as the primary challenge of the 14th Parliament is to take the steps to become a world-class Parliament, recognised by others around the world for its parliamentary reform and innovation, and not one infamous for global kleptocracy.
I have no doubt that with the new speaker, Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, the 14th Parliament can fulfil its promise and potential to be a world-class Parliament for reform and innovation.
Under Ariff, Malaysians will have a Parliament they can feel proud of – one that understands the ‘Malaysian dream’ for all Malaysians, and not one which is like the traditional three monkeys with eyes that see not, ears that hear not and mouth that speaks not.
Najib probably thought that the opening of Parliament is the first and best time after the ignominious Umno-BN GE14 defeat for him to demonstrate that although he had been ousted as the prime minister, he is still the primary political force to be reckoned with by the ruling coalition.
Although he had resigned as Umno president after the disastrous electoral debacle, he has asserted his political control and dominance as evident from the following events:
What is actually the most significant in these two months after the historic and watershed May 9 polls is that neither Najib nor the Umno leadership is prepared to show contrition for the two toxic legacies of his – firstly, turning Malaysia into a global kleptocracy as a result or the monstrous 1MDB money-laundering scandal, and secondly, unleashing the most toxic, vicious and divisive politics of race, religion, hate, fear and lies in Malaysian history and now trying to revive such toxic and divisive politics.
Are there any Umno MPs who is prepared to break ranks in the 14th Parliament and apologise for these two toxic Najib legacies?
Will the MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong do it? Will the new MIC president direct the two MIC MPs to do it?
Malaysians will know soon enough.
LIM KIT SIANG is the MP for Iskandar Puteri.
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