He said Najib must not remain silent in the face of “national and international controversy” following the February 9 NYT report, which quoted the Prime Minister’s Office as saying: “Neither any money spent on travel, nor any jewellery purchases, nor the alleged contents of any safes are unusual for a person of the prime minister’s position, responsibilities and legacy family assets.”
Lim noted that Najib’s four brothers, in a statement to the press yesterday, expressed concern that the controversy would tarnish the name of their father, Abdul Razak Hussein, who was Malaysia’s Prime Minister between 1970 and 1976.
Lim agreed with Najib’s brothers that Abdul Razak was known for his frugality.
“I can vouch that Tun Razak was known for his frugality and utmost integrity and I had on no occasion in my years in Parliament from 1971 to 1976, when he was the Prime Minister, to raise any issue casting any doubt on his integrity.”
He said the PMO’s statement to NYT had put the reputations of father and son at stake, and Najib must immediately clarify it with a simple and full statement.
“Or is Najib preparing to make a ministerial statement on the subject on the first debate day in Parliament on March 10?” he asked. – FMT