PKR’s Ravi says Najib should step down for his inability to “control his men”.
He said Sri Gading MP Mohamad Aziz’s audacity in calling for the execution of the Bersih leader was proof that Najib had no control over Umno members.
“If he can’t control his own men, then it’s better for him to step down as Umno president,” the outspoken PKR leader said last night in a press statement.
Ravi was one of the latest to join the chorus of condemnation against Mohamad, who uttered the controversial remark in a speech in Parliament.
“If he said that Ambiga should be hanged for organising and participating in Bersih 3.0, then Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and Bersih 3.0 co-chairman A Samad Said also should be hanged as they too were involved in the rally,” he said.
“If participating in Bersih 3.0 is an offence punishable by hanging, then the 250,000 Malaysians who participated in the rally, including me, should be hanged as well.
“Mohamad’s remark proves that the prime minister is unable to control his own people.”
Ravi also demanded that Mohamad apologise not only to Ambiga, but also all Malaysian Indians, and he called on Indian-based BN parties to make the same demand.
He said the MP’s speech clearly showed up his prejudice against Indians.
“MIC, PPP, IPF and Makkal Sakti are Indian-based BN component parties. In fact, MIC has claimed that they are the guardians of the Indians. All these parties should pressure Mohamad to apologise to Ambiga and Indians,” the statement said.
“If all these four BN components parties and their leaders fail to do so and if they really have dignity as Indians, then they should resign en bloc from BN.”
Senawang state assemblyman P Gunasekaran of DAP has also accused Mohamad of harbouring prejudice against Malaysian Indians.
He said yesterday that Mohamad and other Umno members should be reminded that Ambiga was instrumental in fighting for justice for former Lord President Salleh Abas and five other judges, who were controversially dismissed from their positions in 1988.
That proved, he said, that the Bersih leader’s passion for justice had nothing to do with race.
In 2008, the government made ex-gratia payments totalling RM10.5 million to Salleh and the other five other judges.