An air of unreality appears to have entered Malaysian politics, according to DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang.
In line with this, the Iskandar Puteri MP took his latest salvo against former premier Najib Abdul Razak deep into the Sherwood Forest, which is associated with the legendary tale of Robin Hood.
He claimed that Najib appeared to be striking a new posture “to out- Robin Hood Robin Hood”.
However, the veteran politician said unlike the folklore, this Robin Hood was betrayed by his "merry men" who stand accused of stealing RM3.5 million from the Prime Minister's Department on election night.
On Aug 8, Malaysiakini reported that the 17 security personnel remanded in connection with the case had allegedly committed the theft upon learning BN would lose federal power.
The MACC claimed that the sum was part of Umno's election war chest, which was later confirmed by Najib.
Continuing with his barrage of arrows, Lim said: “Robin Hood is the legendary heroic outlaw depicted in English folklore who robs the rich to give to the poor.”
“But I have yet to come across any folklore where Robin Hood or his equivalent in any country had lost moral moorings to the extent of being guilty such a monstrous corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power offences like the 1MDB scandal to the extent that his whole country is tarred and stained as to become a global kleptocracy.
“I have also not come across of any folklore which ended up with Robin Hood or his equivalent in any other country being betrayed by his 'merrymen' like the RM3.5 million 'heist',” he added.
Lim said Najib's ambivalent answers on fugitive businessperson Jho Low and the Equanimity luxury superyacht have only added to the air of unreality in the present political discourse.
Earlier today, the former premier told reporters at the Parliament lobby that Low should be accountable but stopped short of stating if the latter should return to Malaysia to face the music.
Reporters had asked Najib twice regarding Low's return, but the former premier sidestepped the issue.
Najib has repeatedly denied any involvement in the 1MDB scandal or abusing public funds for personal gain.
He has claimed trial to seven charges ranging from criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering related to SRC International, which is a former 1MDB subsidiary.
Previously, Najib also accused Lim of being obsessed with him since the latter had issued a slew of press statements targetting him.
The DAP veteran responded that Malaysians are obsessed with the 1MDB scandal and the damage it had caused the nation.