KUCHING, July 29: Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong is challenging Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) to reaffirm the party’s stand that Datuk Seri Najib Razak was the best prime minister in Malaysia.
“Will SUPP still maintain its stand to proclaim that Najib is the best prime minister in Malaysia following the verdict of the court in sentencing the former prime minister to a 12-year jail term after finding him guilty of seven charges relating to the misappropriation of RM42 Million in SRC International Sdn Bhd funds?
“I challenge the SUPP president (Datuk Seri) Dr Sim Kui Hian to repeat his party’s stand by declaring the former prime minister Najib Razak is still the best ever prime minister of Malaysia,” she said in a statement today.
Yong pointed out that Dr Sim had, in many instances during Najib’s administration, declared SUPP’s unwavering support for him to continue leading the country as prime minister.
“It is so disappointing and disheartening for Sarawakians to know the truth that SUPP is willing to support and work with a kleptocrat for its own political survival.
“Up till today, since the exposure of Najib’s involvement in several cases linked to 1MDB, SUPP has kept a complete silence on the matter,” she said.
Yong also recalled that SUPP was also named one of the 41 recipients in a civil forfeiture lawsuit filed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) last year to recover RM270 million linked to 1MDB.
“The most disgraceful is that SUPP had also received the money that is linked to 1MDB from Najib’s personal account.
“I demand SUPP to come clean about the money received from Najib that is linked to 1MDB in 2013,” she said.
She said that people had the right to know whether SUPP had returned the money which did not belong to the party, but to the people of Malaysia.
Yong also reiterated that if not because of the first ever regime change in 2018 where Pakatan Harapan (PH) became the federal government, Malaysia would not have had the chance to see Najib be brought to book and found guilty for corruption.
“It is the people’s power that made it possible to nail down Najib. It shows that the votes which the majority of Malaysians cast for PH during the last general election were not in vain,” she said.—DayakDaily