Nation on a path to failure, say Opposition leaders



SUNGAI BULOH: Opposition leaders voiced their concern for the future of the nation with worries over mega scandals and corruption leading to the collapse of the economy and rampant crime.

DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang and PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said this to a gathering outside the Sungai Buloh prison last night, to celebrate the birthday of de facto Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

“Our nation could end up being a failed state,” Lim said, echoing the words of former prime minister Musa Hitam yesterday that Malaysia was becoming like the old Philippines as so much focus was given to mega scandals that crime was running rampant and people were getting used to carrying weapons to protect themselves.

Calling for the Government to release Anwar, Lim said Malaysia’s image would not be so tarnished as it was now if the former had become prime minister.

“If the 13th General Election was free and democratic and fair, Anwar would be Prime Minister and there would not be a 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad) scandal and no DoJ (Department of Justice) lawsuits.

“We need to free Anwar to save Malaysia and to ensure that this corrupt system is stopped.”

Wan Azizah also said the current system was corrupt and would breed more corruption unless it was changed.

“As long as Barisan Nasional is in power, regardless of who becomes prime minister, previously it was Tun Dr Mahathir and now it’s the Malaysian Official 1, people will continue to suffer,” she told the crowd.

The Permatang Pauh MP added that her husband advised her that although “days are dark” the struggle must continue.

“Don’t give up because only those who do not believe in God give up.

“We must continue fighting and every little bit helps. Even if it is just saying a prayer or informing your friends, family, neighbours, do not give up.”