No future for Umno and MCA unless leaders apologise for 1MDB: DAP adviser

Veena Babulal and Luqman Arif Abdul Karim

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno and MCA leaders who aided and abetted former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal should apologise.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said in a statement today that the recovery of the funds meant that unless their leaders repented, there would be no future for both parties.

“If Umno and MCA want to be accepted as reformed political parties that can play a role in the necessary check-and-balance in democracy, then all their leaders (including ministers) who aided and abetted in Najib’s 1MDB global kleptocracy should publicly apologise and retire from front-line political office.

“Their failure to do so will only prove that they are not capable to become an honest and constructive opposition party, and will continue to be rejected by the people as shown in the three recent by-elections in Sungai Kandis, Balakong and Seri Setia,” said Lim.

Lim also said if the leaders think they can find a salvation through the “unholy alliance” of MCA/ Umno/Pas, the parties could not be more mistaken.

Lim further said that it was an open secret that cybertroopers were commissioned by both MCA and Umno to criticise DAP and Pakatan Harapan leaders for raising the “1MDB global kleptocracy” matters in order to gag them on the issue completely.

“But their strategies to stop Malaysians focusing on the 1MDB global kleptocracy are destined to fail, for as in the past few years, the 1MDB scandal has been periodically making international headlines because of the unprecedented international scale and global magnitude of the 1MDB (linked) corruption and crime(s) that the United States Attorney-General had described as ‘kleptocracy at its worst’.”

Meanwhile, he said that the “monies recovered from the misappropriated assets in the 1MDB scandal will be transferred to the special 1Malaysia Development Bhd recovery bank account in Kuala Lumpur”, adding that efforts to recover other unlawfully misappropriated assets in the 1MDB scandal were ongoing not only in Singapore, but in many countries, including the United States and Switzerland. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd