GEORGE TOWN, Jul 22 – Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today challenged Prime Minister Najib Razak to call for a General Election and seek a new mandate after United States Department of Justice (DoJ) on Wednesday, filed lawsuits saying that over US$3.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB.
“Since we are ready for a General Election, I challenge the PM to call for elections, seek a new mandate and let the people decide. Besides that, I also challenged the AG to reopen files in the 1MDB case, following US prosecutors’ investigation. But we all know the AG will not file charges on the PM, so it is best that fresh polls be called,” he said at a press conference in Komtar today.
“We are touched. Here we have someone stealing US$3.5 billion from the Malaysia people and we have someone from the other end of the world helping us return our money. We feel mortified and ashamed but we are thankful to the US government for investigating the alleged money laundering and working hard to return Malaysian taxpayers’ monies,” he said.
“This goes to show the country’s investigation process, the entire system, is rigged and broken down. The revelation of money laundering by US only goes to show that Barisan Nasional is ‘bapa penyamun’ and ‘perasuah Malaysia’ (chief robber and corrupt). Today we can safely say 1MDB is the penghulu of all corruption in the world. Congratulations Malaysia, you are the world champions of corruption,” he added.