Gerakan’s Tan slammed for asking Wan Azizah to quit

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PETALING JAYA: Gerakan Youth Chief Tan Keng Liang has been told by PKR that he ought to look at his own backyard first before interfering in the affairs of others.

Commenting on Tan’s call for Opposition leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to resign should the Penang Government go ahead with its proposed snap polls, PKR Communications Director Fahmi Fadzil said Tan should trim the hedges on his Barisan Nasional side first.

“Tan should be questioning BN Chairman and Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose people closest to him, including his stepson Riza Aziz, were named in the lawsuits filed by the US Department of Justice (DoJ),” he told FMT.

Fahmi was referring to the DoJ claiming that over USD3.5 billion in 1MDB funds had been misappropriated. Among the individuals named specifically were Riza and Low Taek Jho (better known as Jho Low) among others.

With the Cabinet meeting tomorrow for the first time since the report was made public, Fahmi said Tan should get his party leaders to raise this issue at the meeting.

“The allegations and the proof presented by the US’ Attorney-General alleged that billions were siphoned out of 1MDB and spent on gambling, paying off debts and such.

“Tan really has to take things into perspective. If he’s not serious about issues of good governance, transparency and accountability, I think he should leave his position as Gerakan Youth chief.”

PKR Deputy Youth Chief Afif Bahardin echoed Fahmi’s remarks, saying Wan Azizah should not be asked to resign simply because there were differences in views among Pakatan Harapan (PH) party members.

He also said that Tan’s challenge to Wan Azizah was too “simplistic”, but was understandable given his limited experience in coalition building.

“His views have always been treated as a joke or nuisance by his counterparts in BN.

“In PH, there is no one person dictating all. Wan Azizah’s responsibility, as PKR president as well as Opposition leader, is to build and lead a united Opposition front in facing BN.

“Instead of creating an issue, Tan should pressure Najib to resign over the 1MDB scandal.

“He should not turn a blind eye by accepting Najib to continue hiding behind a wall of silence,” said Afif in a statement today.