BN’s house of cards falling apart, claims Khalid Samad

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PUTRAJAYA: BN’s house of cards is falling apart and the ruling government can no longer pretend that all is well with the way the country is being run, said an Opposition lawmaker.

Shah Alam Member of Parliament Khalid Abdul Samad said while BN leaders may have control over the country’s government institutions, it can no longer continue lying to the public.

“You can no longer keep up this pretense and say nothing is wrong.

“The public now knows the truth, verified by foreign authorities,” he told a press conference at Perdana Leadership Foundation here today.

He then issued a warning to all those in a position of power, including Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali, to form a breakaway group and work towards ousting Prime Minister Najib Razak.

“Fulfil your responsibility now before everything falls on your head and you are found guilty of being an accomplice to a big criminal scandal.

“To Umno and BN MPs, the situation has changed. You can’t control the situation any more. The sooner you admit the battle is lost, the better it is (for them).

“Form a breakaway group, vote this man out, and set up a transition government. Do it before you yourself are found guilty of this crime.”

His call came following the lawsuits filed by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) yesterday. It claimed over US$3.5 billion was misappropriated from state investment firm 1MDB.

In its lawsuits, filed in Los Angeles, DoJ said it would seek to seize assets which included penthouses, mansions, artwork, a private jet and proceeds from the “Wolf of Wall Street” movie.

Present this afternoon was former Premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, former MCA President Ling Liong Sik and former Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim, among many others.

When asked if he thought a snap election may be on the horizon and whether his proposed party would take part in the polls, Mahathir said Najib would have to convince the Malay Rulers first.

“But if he has (obtain the Rulers’ consent), we have no choice but to contest.

“However, we are aware that when we try to register the party, our application may be rejected or delayed for months or years.”

Zaid, on the other hand, believes Najib would not have the courage to call for a snap election as his premiership is the only shield he has against all allegations levelled against him.

“You must remember, DoJ is only pursuing a civil suit now, but after this, there will be a criminal investigation.

“So the chances of (Penang Chief Minister) Lim Guan Eng and Najib going to jail will be the same (if he calls for a snap election and lost).”