There’s a need to look beyond individuals as Prime Minister to a system which will benefit the people of Malaysia.
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP elder statesman Lim Kit Siang thinks that the focus on the way forward, in the wake of the allegations in the Wall Street Journal last Friday against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, should not be on who will benefit when the premiership falls vacant. “The question at the moment may be whether the Attorney-General will charge the prime minister or whether the latter will sack the former.”
“Again, the focus should not be on which individual will take over as prime minister after Najib,” added Lim who is also DAP Parliamentary Leader and Gelang Patah MP. “What should be of paramount importance was to ensure that the real beneficiaries in a post-Najib scenario would be the people.”
Lim was commenting on the fact that the guessing game has already begun in the media, in the social media and among the people everywhere on who will benefit when Najib goes, everyone being convinced that he has to go and will go when Umno decides between itself and Najib.
The media, he noted, has mentioned five names viz. former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Umno Vice-President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, jailed former Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and veteran Umno leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, in that order, as beneficiaries in a post-Najib order.
“It seems that Mahathir will not be prime minister again but he will be behind whoever becomes prime minister after Najib,” noted Lim.
In writing off Najib, he continued, the media has already trotted out headlines like these: Malaysia’s Najib Razak fights for political life amid 1MDB claims; A broken prime minister?; Is it ‘Game Over” for Najib?; Can Najib Survive 1MDB scandal?;
Lim argued that the time has come for all progressive and patriotic MPs and political leaders in Malaysia to come together on a common programme to save Malaysia from becoming a failed state as a result of rampant corruption, abuses of power, socio-economic injustices and the collapse of good governance.
Malaysia’s international credibility which affects the nation’s economic future and the moral authority and legitimacy of the Prime Minister was at stake, pleaded Lim, but “there is great pretence in Malaysia, as if nothing amiss was taking place”.
“There was no emergency meeting of Cabinet, Parliament, the Supreme Councils of Umno and Barisan Nasional,” he said.
Progressive MPs who had reserved the Parliament briefing room on Wednesday “to discuss the grave national situation were locked out of the venue and have had to meet at the Parliament public square, sitting on the ground with NGO representatives,” he deplored.
Lim had hoped that a few progressive Umno/BN MPs would turn up in Parliament to express concern and solidarity with all progressive Opposition MPs and NGO representatives about the deplorable state of national affairs. “I do not believe that there is not a single Umno/BN MP who does not feel outrage at the rampant corruption, abuses of power, socio-economic injustices and collapse of good governance in Malaysia,” said Lim.