Monday, June 6, 2016

Mahathir should repeat his allegation in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar

Salleh Said Keruak

Pakatan Harapan, in particular Parti Amanah Negara, is trying to avoid talking about the Private Member’s Syariah Amendment Bill issue in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-election campaigns. This is because Amanah cannot afford to declare that they oppose the syariah amendment and neither can they declare they support it. So Amanah is terkepit in a situation that does not allow them any leeway.

Amanah needs the Chinese votes plus they hope to take some of the Malay votes. So Amanah cannot take any stand on the syariah amendment and, as they said a few days ago, they do not support or oppose the syariah amendment but just do not wish to take any stand at the moment. Amanah also threatened to sue anyone who alleges that they oppose the syariah amendment.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, on the other hand, the de facto Opposition Leader, is trying to avoid talking about the 1.2 million signatures in his Kit Siang-Mahathir Declaration a.k.a. the Citizens’ Declaration due to the allegation of fraudulent signatures, which the police are now investigating.

So it looks like Mahathir has only one option left, which is to recycle last year’s allegation regarding 1MDB even though the AG, PAC and WSJ have all confirmed there is no evidence of misappropriation or wrongdoing in 1MDB.

Mahathir said that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has stolen at least RM42 billion and maybe even as much as RM50 billion of 1MDB’s money. I challenge Mahathir to repeat this allegation during his campaign in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar since he has never withdrawn that allegation or apologised for making the allegation.

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