Khairy’s regrets too little too late, says Kit Siang

17-May-2018 Intellasia | Malay Mail | 6:00 AM Print This Post

For Lim Kit Siang, only a public apology by Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition leaders and lawmakers for the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal can alleviate the country’s global shame.

The DAP adviser said Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin’s expression of regret yesterday for failing to stand up to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who created 1MDB was “too little and too late”.

“Khairy’s regrets are too little and too late will he make amends and ask the Umno Supreme Council, Barisan Nasional Supreme Council and all former ministers and MPs to tender abject public apology for their betrayal of the nation’s trust in not speaking up against the 1MDB scandal and when Malaysia was stained with the epithet of ‘global kleptocracy’?” the Iskandar Puteri MP asked in a statement today.

However, Lim indicated that the public apology may be a long time coming, claiming that Khairy “is studiously avoiding the issue of the 1MDB scandal and Malaysia being tarred with the epithet of a global kleptocracy” in his interview with Singapore broadcaster Channel News Asia yesterday.

In the interview, Khairy admitted that BN leaders were walloped in the May 9 general election because they had been “drunk” on hubris and become “delusional” as well as “detached from reality” despite seeing “clear signals” that voters were fed up of their government that had been in power uninterrupted for over 60 years.

He also admitted that no one in Umno nor BN were willing to “bell the cat” after seeing their then second-in-command Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dropped from Cabinet for questioning Najib over the source of 1MDB’s funds and where the RM2.6 billion had gone.

Najib has since resigned from both positions as president of Umno and chair of BN, replaced by his former deputy Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. The Pekan MP is now also barred from leaving the country.

In reflection, Khairy said BN leaders must learn from their defeat and not repeat the same mistake that had got them systematically rejected by voters.

BN lost control of power for the first time ever since Malaysia was born, winning just over one-third of the votes in the most recent general election that also catapulted the four-party Pakatan Harapan pact under the leadership of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad into Putrajaya.


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