1. There was a time not so very long ago when Malaysia was admired for successfully raising itself from an impoverished third world country into a stable newly industrialised country. No one doubted that its announced intention to become a developed country by 2020 would be achieved.
2. But today when we go abroad we are asked, “Hey, what happened to your country.” Some mention 1MDB and the corrupt Government which has lost billions of dollars. Many comment on the lavish lifestyle of the Prime Minister.
3. They asked these questions because reputable foreign newspapers publish stories about 1MDB, about the Prime Minister having appropriated to himself billions of dollars, about huge amounts of money in his private accounts, about his lavish life-style. No Malaysian Prime Minister can afford the grand wedding that he had for his daughter.
4. Although Malaysians read only good things about Najib in the local media but the alternative media do not mince words when expressing their disgust with Najib and the sycophants covering up for him. When the Wall Street Journal reported that the PM has 2.6 billion Ringgit in his private account in AMBank, the world laughed at Najib’s claim that it was a donation from an Arab.
5. Then there is the story of the purchase of submarines from a French company. It is now before a French court. Razak Baginda, a close associate of Najib, and the companies owned by him have been named in the court case.
6. Razak had no authority to decide on Government purchases. But Najib as Minister of Defence had. Whatever, if Razak or his company received money from the builders of the submarines; he should be hauled up before the French court.
7. The Malaysian A.G. would certainly not charge Razak because it might lead to Najib’s name being brought in. The A.G. has already not only dismissed but hidden the reports by Bank Negara and MACC.
8. All these and more have given Malaysia a bad name. Najib’s name is even worse. Malaysians are generally ashamed of these things and the role of their Prime Minister in these scandals.
9. To clear Malaysia’s good name and his own, Najib must prove beyond a shadow of doubt that he is innocent of all the accusation against him. The A.G. saying he is innocent means nothing. He, the A.G. has no credibility.
10. Failing this Najib should resign. So should all those who have been covering up and abusing their authority so as to save Najib.
11. Malaysia must be freed from a Prime Minister with such a bad reputation if it is to regain its reputation.