The Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Najib Razak made a rare appearance today in the Parliament to answer a question posed by the Member from Ketereh, Tan Sri Annuar Musa, who happens to be the new UMNO information chief.
Tan Sri Annuar had asked how Malaysia will collaborate with ASEAN countries to overcome the economic uncertainties we face today.
I had the opportunity to ask a supplementary question, where I raised the fact that the economic uncertainties and the crisis of confidence facing Malaysia today have been caused to a large part by the twin RM55 billion 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and RM2.6 billion “donation” scandals.
I emphasized to the House that there has been an unprecedented degree of negative foreign media interest in Malaysia as a result of the Prime Minister’s failure to address these unanswered scandals. The clearest example would be the journalists from Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) taking a flight all the way to Kuching just to seek a comment from the Prime Minister “if you could explain the hundreds of million in your account?”
For their troubles they were detained by the police for 6 hours and had their passports temporarily confiscated. The attempt to further charge them for allegedly obstructing public officials from their duties, before they were subsequently withdrawn and the journalists deported further disgraced the nation in the eyes of the global community.
The refusal by Dato’ Seri Najib Razak to answer the simple question further cement the perception of guilt and wrongdoing not only among Malaysians but to the entire world.
Hence I asked, what was the Prime Minister going to do to address these scandals to reduce the economic uncertainty and crisis of confidence affecting the country’s economy.
Unfortunately, Dato’ Seri Najib Razak failed miserably to use the golden opportunity in Parliament, on live television to reveal the truth behind the scandals and silence all vehement critics on these matters.
The Prime Minister chose to paint the so-called attacks as an “orchestrated campaign”against his government and only promised that "I am responsible to the people... The process of accountability in the country will continue".
Even his re-assertion that he will let the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) decide on the RM2.6 billion “donation” and 1MDB scandals rings hollow after singing the same tune for more than a year, where he had pro-actively stifled the investigations on these matters, including the sacking of the former Attorney-General.
Malaysians do not want to hear Dato’ Seri Najib promising investigations. Malaysians want to hear from the Prime Minister himself with regards to these scandals because more than RM2.6 billion was found to have appeared in his own personal bank account.
Hence the question everyone is asking is, why the heck can’t Dato’ Seri Najib Razak let Malaysians know why these obscene sums of money were found in his personal account himself? Why does he need investigators to tell him why the money appeared in his account in order to tell Malaysians and the watching world? This is particularly since it has been more than 8 months since the scandals were exposed?
The above proved that Dato’ Seri Najib Razak has failed to be accountable as the Prime Minister of Malaysians, and further justify why all Malaysians should sign and support the Citizen’s Declaration seeking the removal of the Prime Minister and institutionalise reforms in the Malaysian Government.