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Press release No 27: Kit Siang says obsession with 1MDB, not Najib

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In an expeditious retort, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang has denied that he is obsessed with former premier Najib Abdul Razak.

“Najib does not understand or does not want to understand – it's not him,” he added in a media statement this afternoon.

On the contrary, Lim said the issue which required undivided attention was the “monstrous” 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal.

The Iskandar Puteri MP said Malaysians should be obsessed about 1MDB and the implications of the scandal until integrity and good reputation are fully restored to Malaysia.

“Nobody should be obsessed with Najib, who has missed a historic opportunity to become the best prime minister in Malaysia.

“Instead, he would go down in Malaysian history as the country's worst prime minister,” he added.

In a Facebook posting earlier, Najib said Lim should put an end to his obsession with him as he was no longer the prime minister or BN chairperson.

He also noted that the DAP veteran issued a total of 26 press releases so far this month which were critical of him.

Rating the ex-PM

Meanwhile, Lim suggested that a public opinion poll should be commissioned with regard to Najib's performance as prime minister.

He claimed this would reveal that the sixth prime minister was even worse than his predecessor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Lim also advised that restoring public confidence in and support for Umno and BN would not be possible so long as Najib is seen as their major political personality and power.

“If Najib had succeeded in GE14 to bury the 1MDB scandal as an important national issue, the 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal would become not only the 'heist of the century' but the biggest electoral fraud in Malaysian history.

“Malaysians must thank their lucky stars that their patriotism, love of their country and wisdom saved Malaysia from a failed, rogue and kleptocratic future.

“Now Najib and his cronies want a 'scorched-earth' policy to return to the Najibian past by upping up the stakes in their irresponsible, vitriolic and toxic politics of race, religion, hate, fear, and lies.

“Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region, who want to rebuild a united, harmonious, democratic, just, progressive and prosperous Malaysia which can be a 'beacon of light in a disturbed and distracted world', must exorcise the ghosts of the 1MDB scandal and Malaysia's reputation as a global kleptocracy by holding true to the Malaysian vision and remain solidly united to build a new and clean Malaysia,” he added.

The former premier has repeatedly denied abusing 1MDB funds for personal gain.

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