DoJ suit: Gerakan Youth slams PKR’s double standards

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PETALING JAYA: Gerakan Youth has questioned PKR’s double standards for calling on Prime Minister Najib Razak to go on leave following the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) civil suit pertaining to 1MDB.

In a statement, the wing’s chief, Tan Keng Liang, pointed to PKR President Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s call for Najib to take leave from office, and said Gerakan Youth agreed that a person holding public office must go on leave if the person is charged in a court of law for corruption.

“However, in the case by the DoJ, Najib was not charged or even named, thus, the demand by the PKR president is premature and not applicable.

“On the contrary, DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng has been charged in court for an alleged corruption case.

However, he still continues as the chief minister of Penang.”

He said based on the principles espoused by Wan Azizah, Lim must also go on leave pending the outcome of the trial, and he questioned why Lim must be exempted from this principle.

Tan said there were numerous calls from the public and NGOs for Lim to go on leave.

“We urge PKR to walk the talk and also demand Lim to go on leave without any further excuses. PKR should not practise ‘double standards’ in this matter.”

Earlier, Tan took to twitter to caution the public against blindly believing accusations in the absence of evidence.

He said people who claimed the US did not lie, had forgotten the country’s invasion of Iraq, which was built on the basis that the Middle Eastern country had weapons of mass destruction.

“Proven false after Iraq was destroyed,” he tweeted.

He added that the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir had confirmed the funds channelled to Najib’s personal accounts was a donation.

“Do you think a Saudi minister would have lied on such matter? Common sense lah,” he said.

The DoJ filed lawsuits yesterday saying that over US$3.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB.

In its lawsuits filed in Los Angeles, the DoJ said it sought to seize assets “involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to launder money misappropriated from 1MDB”.