Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Najib has to go, Dr M insists, so do all Malaysians

Najib has to go, Dr M insists

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, delivers a speech during the Gulf Leaders’ Summit on May 11, 2015, in Kuwait city. In his latest blog, he stood firm in calling for the prime minister’s resignation. — AFP pic
KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad stood his ground today in calling for Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s resignation, insisting that he has no choice but to continue pushing for the latter’s removal because of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy.
Dr Mahathir said he was aware that his refusal to support Najib would be manipulated by the opposition, but added that even if the latter stays on as prime minister, Barisan Nasional (BN) would still be doomed.
“Billions of ringgit have been lost and will not likely be returned. Whether directly or indirectly, Najib is responsible for this massive loss,” the veteran statesman said in a lengthy blog post tonight.
“And because of his irresponsible actions, Najib is no longer fit to be the prime minister of Malaysia,” Dr Mahathir declared.
The former prime minister’s blog post, which repeats his many reasons for wanting Najib’s removal, comes a day after the latter declared in public that he will not succumb to calls for his resignation.
Speaking at a function last night in Sabah, the prime minister also urged for support from Dr Mahathir and told his harshest critic not to make “too much noise”, even reminding the latter that he had supported him during his tenure in government.
Dr Mahathir, the country’s longest serving former prime minister, has been at the forefront of the on-going attacks against Najib’s leadership, even going public with his demand that the prime minister resigns before BN loses the next general election.
“I am aware that if I don’t support Najib, the opposition will use this as an opportunity for them. On the other hand, if Najib leads BN to the 14th general election, BN will lose,” Dr Mahathir insisted again tonight.
“If the leadership of Umno and BN were to be changed, it has to be done before there is too little time for the party to rebuild itself before the 14th federal polls,” he added.
Dr Mahathir also went on to claim that although in the past, many people had approached him to speak out against some of Najib’s policies, that it was the 1MDB issue that forced him to publicly demand for the latter’s resignation.
“When I started hearing about 1MDB, I felt the situation has become too serious,” he said.
He explained that before going public with his criticisms, he first penned a letter to Najib, telling him that he no longer supports his leadership.
Dr Mahathir claimed that Najib ordered his men to urge him to retract the letter, to which he said he refused.
“And because he (Najib) never revealed that I had withdrawn my support for him, I had to do it myself,” he said.
Earlier tonight, Najib announced after meeting with Umno’s top leaders that the party’s entire supreme council has thrown its support behind him and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Najib has to go, Dr M insists, so do all we Malaysians, and also TAKE Umno/BN with him as well

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