Najib should take up the challenge to debate Mahathir, says Wan Azizah

wan-azizah-najibPETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan today said Najib Razak’s speech at an investment conference today was a “shameful tirade” by someone who fears the opposition coalition’s growing strength, adding that the prime minister should instead be prepared to face defeat at the next polls.

“I suggest that instead of belittling the strength and resolution of Pakatan Harapan to bring positive change to Malaysia, Najib declare now that he will respect the will of the people and ensure a smooth transfer of power if or when Pakatan Harapan wins GE14,” said PH president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Najib, in his keynote speech at the Invest Malaysia 2017 event attended by some 900 local and foreign business leaders, hit out at opposition parties for questioning his economic policies, accusing them of exaggerating the 1MDB issue.

“Let’s not forget that while there were issues at 1MDB, certain politicians blew them out of proportion, and tried to sabotage the company, in an attempt to topple the government in-between election cycles,” Najib said in a speech laden with sarcasm towards his former mentor Dr Mahathir Mohamad, now the PH chairman.

Wan Azizah challenged Najib to agree to a debate with Mahathir.

“I also call on Najib to face his old mentor and now Pakatan Harapan Chairman, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in a debate if Najib truly has nothing to hide,” said the PKR president.

On Saturday, Mahathir invited Najib to attend a forum next month called “Nothing to Hide 2.0” organised by his party PPBM’s Youth wing, saying it would provide the Umno president the opportunity to clear his name.

“He can say I am not guilty, I have done no wrong, and show evidence that he has done no wrong. For my part, I will say he has done something wrong, I have evidence,” said Mahathir.

“But he can explain and clear his name. We’re giving him a good chance and he should be very grateful.”