Najib cannot blame M'sians for being sceptical about CIA letter denial

Lim Kit Siang

Modified 27 Jul 2018, 6:24 am

MP SPEAKS | My reply to former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak is short and to the point.

Firstly, why is Najib continuing to pretend that the monstrous 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal which landed Malaysia for over three years with the infamy and ignominy of a global kleptocracy is fake news, and was this justification for him to suborn the fundamental democratic doctrine of the separation of powers among the executive, the legislature and the judiciary, and to undermine the independence, professionalism and efficiency of important national institutions like the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the police, the MACC, the Election Commission, et cetera?

Secondly, what is Najib’s credibility worth when, as prime minister, he could team up with Penang billionaire Jho Low to commit what the US attorney-general Jeff Sessions said at an international conference last December was “kleptocracy at its worst”, a corruption scandal which is regularly referred in  international media as among the world’s largest ever embezzlement schemes and  the subject of a global corruption probe involving investigators in some 10 countries, with the Najib family widely cited as the scheme’s major beneficiary.

Thirdly, how can Najib expect Malaysians to believe that his first loyalty is to Malaysia when he had done nothing to bring Low to justice, and Najib, by acts of commission and omission, had created the present cul de sac for upholding the rule of law by enabling Low to be an international fugitive from justice.

Fourthly, how can Najib expect to have any credibility when, in his maiden speech as an opposition MP in Parliament on Thursday, there was a complete absence of reference to the DAP when in the years of run-up to the 14th general election (GE14), even in his Umno presidential speeches at Umno general assemblies,  he had unleased a most irresponsible, vicious and toxic politics of race, religion, hate, fear and lies, demonising the DAP as anti-Malay, anti-Islam and claiming that I would be prime minister when Pakatan Harapan won GE14.

With such a disastrous history, can Najib blame Malaysians if they find it hard to believe that he, as prime minister at the time, was unaware of the letter sent by his chief secret spy, Hasanah Abdul Hamid,  who wrote as director-general of the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO) to the CIA on May 4, seeking support against Harapan if the GE14 result turned out to be close?

Najib said I should call for investigations over the leak of Hasanah’s letter to CIA and plug it instead of being obsessed by him.

I do not want to be rude, but Najib should be aware of the idiom about not teaching your grandmother to suck eggs.

Can’t Najib simply do what he advises me to do, or has Najib forgotten that he is now an opposition MP and no more the prime minister of Malaysia?

But even more pertinent, is Najib saying that a document, which is treasonous and treacherous and betrays the rights and interests of Malaysia to another country, deserves to be protected as a secret government document?

LIM KIT SIANG is Iskandar Puteri MP.

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