KUALA LUMPUR – July 7, 2015: The usual negative sentiments and claims against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak were repeated during a “special parliamentary meeting” called by opposition leaders today.
Touted as a neutral platform to discuss the fate of the country, the meeting instead turned woefully one-sided as none of the members of parliament from Barisan Nasional (BN) turned up.
Almost all MPs from the opposition parties were present, except those from the Pas’ ulama faction.
Several non-governmental organisations (NGO) known to be friendly with the opposition such as Bersih, Negaraku and Suaram were present.
The meeting itself was rather disappointing due to its inconvenient venue. It was held under the sun where everyone had to sit on the floor within the vicinity of the Parliamentary building’s parade grounds.
PKR Sungai Petani MP Datuk Johari Abdul who organised the meeting claimed that the meeting had to be held at that location because there had been an attempt to discourage the meeting from being convened.
He said he had successfully booked a proper venue for the meeting yesterday morning only to be told later that it was to be used for another unspecified meeting.
The think-tank tag team’s clichés
Later on, it became quite obvious that even the so-called ‘additional facts regarding the debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)’ presented by PKR and DAP at the meeting were somewhat uninteresting.
What PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli and DAP lawmaker Tony Pua revealed to their allies and the press were a mere reiteration of the so-far-unproven allegations of Najib pocketing millions of ringgits into his private account.
Both talked about how 1MDB’s debt had taken a heavy toll on the economy which consequently led to a drop in the ringgit’s value and also the government cutting off more subsidies.
Rafizi then concluded that all of these had caused more sufferings to the people.
Pua insisted that Najib had breached the people’s trust by siphoning millions amounts of tax payer’s money.
Thus he wants Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to convene a parliamentary emergency meeting to suspend Najib.
Wan Azizah wants Najib to go on immediate leave
In her opening speech PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail expressed her usual disappointment with Najib’s “poor governance and leadership skills.”
In response, those present unanimously echoed the call for Najib to go on a leave as long as the probe against 1Malaysia Development Berhad continues.
Wan Azizah even urged Najib to call for a special parliamentary session where he and the Attorney-General and Bank Negara representatives were to explain every detail relating to the allegations against him.
Ambiga wants a unity government…for one and a half years
Things however, took a slightly interesting twist when Negaraku founder Datuk S. Ambiga spoke that even if Najib was to go on a leave, things cannot be business as usual.
She was of the view that the alleged mess and corruption done by BN was so deeply ingrained to the point that only a unity government would be able to clean things up.