It has been said that once you tell a lie, you need to tell ten more lies to cover the first lie.
This is what is happening almost every day, to cover up the multiple and monstrous lies that are being told about the twin scandals of RM42 billion 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts before the 13th General Election.
In a way, it is quite entertaining the manner that the Prime Minister and his media communication strategists are busy spinning stories about these twin scandals, and if not for the vital fact that national interests and the people’s future are at stake, one could sit back to enjoy the burlesque and the clumsy attempts to get the Prime Minister to get out of a very sticky and nasty situation.
But the latest spin that the RM2.6 billion deposited into Najib’s personal bank accounts originated from Saudi Arabia as an appreciation to Malaysia for championing Islam, fighting Islamic State (IS) and for practicing Sunni Islam (Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah) really takes the cake for being the most ludicrous and outrageous explanation so far.
An Umno division leader, the Kuantan UMNO division chief Wan Adnan Wan Mamat revealed at the opening of the Kuantan UMNO division’s wings annual general assembly that Najib had told 146 UMNO division leaders in a meeting last Wednesday that the RM2.6 billion deposited into Najib’s personal bank accounts originated from Saudi Arabia and was in appreciation for Malaysia’s efforts in combating the Islamic State (IS).
Wan Adnan said that all Umno division leaders were satisfied by this explanation and did not want the matter to be prolonged.
Adnan represents UMNO division leaders and members who are most gullible and do not use their critical or thinking faculties – unlike Parit Sulong UMNO division chief Zulkarnain Kamisan who declaimed Indonesian Mustofa Bisri (Gus Mus)’s poem “Kau Ini Bagaimana Atau Aku Harus Bagaimana” or Langkawi Umno delegate Anina Saaduddin whose honest and courageous “kencing tiga juta Ahli UMNO” speech has gone viral or the speech by Pontian UMNO division chief Datuk Hasni Mohammad yesterday making the shocking revelation that Najib bypassed the Umno Supreme Council and simply used mobile messaging app WhatsApp to decide whether he should reshuffle the Cabinet.
If it was true that the RM2.6 billion deposited into Najib’s personal bank account allegedly originated from Saudi Arabia was in appreciation for Malaysia’s efforts in combating the Islamic State (IS), then Najib would not have sang the praises for IS or its predecessor at the time, ISIL or ISIS at the 20th anniversary dinner of UMNO Cheras Branch on June 24, 2014, calling on UMNO members to emulate the bravery of the ISIL/ISIS terrorists, declaring:
“…when someone dares to fight to his death, he can even defeat a much bigger team. Whether we agree or not is another matter, the group ISIL with the strength of just 1,300 people, can defeat an Iraqi army of 30,000 soldiers, until four, five generals with three, four stars run for their lives, jump out of window at night.”
Najib made that speech on June 24, 2014, a week before ISIS declared the creation of a caliphate and changed its name to Islamic State (IS).
The deposit of RM2.6 billion into Najib’s personal bank accounts occurred in March 2013, more than a year before Najib’s speech to UMNO Cheras and the creation of the caliphate the change of ISIS to IS.
The story that the RM2.6 billion was deposited into Najib’s personal bank accounts by Saudi Arabia in appreciation of Malaysia’s efforts in combating the Islamic State (IS) is full of holes and cannot stand up to a moment of scrutiny.
Although Najib tried to make amends for his major strategic error on June 24, 2014 in glorifying the daily ISIS sadistic and horrific human rights violations, including targeted killings, human trafficking, sexual abuses, abductions, forced conversions and beheadings by supporting the United Nations General Assembly resolution on Sept. 26, 2014 denouncing IS, the issue of a White Paper on the atrocities of IS and a Parliamentary motion to condemn IS, the fact remains that Najib is the only head of government in the world to have publicly praised IS terrorists when he exhorted UMNO members on June 24, 2014 to emulate the “brave exploits” of the IS/ISIL/ISIS terrorists!
With this history and background, who will believe that RM2.6 billion was deposited into Najib’s personal bank accounts in March 2014 was in appreciation of Malaysia’s combat against IS?
Najib should come clean on the RM2.6 billion deposit into his private bank accounts and stop telling lies, like the latest one on its being donated from Saudi Arabia in appreciation of Malaysia’s combat against IS, which has immediately been torn to piece with close scrutiny.
Najib has lost all moral authority and leadership to talk about political funding or make the proposal about the so-called National Consultative Council on Political Funding so long as he continues to fudge and bluff about the RM2.6 billion deposit into his private bank accounts or the 1MDB scandal.
Najib’s proposal of a National Consultative Council on Political Funding, although a dead duck, may still be salvageable if he could re-establish his moral authority to talk about transparency and integrity of political funding.
There is only one way for Najib re-gain moral authority on transparency, integrity and good governance principles – and this is for him to immediately give a full and satisfactory explanation about the twin scandals of the RM2.6 billion deposit into his personal bank accounts and about the RM42 billion 1MDB scandal.
I have given Najib and all the Cabinet Ministers 96 hours expiring on Wednesday to prove they are sincere in the political funding proposal by coming clean on the twin scandals on 1MDB and RM2.6 billion.
Over the weekend, former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had asked what was the balance in Najib’s personal accounts after Najib had disbursed monies to UMNO/BN people.
On Saturday, the Sarawak Report website revealed that handsome hand-outs had been made by Najib to various people, with two persons named, who received RM1 million and RM2 million respectively.
These two persons named should state whether they had respectively received one a million ringgit and the other two million ringgit from Najib as they cannot keep silent as they are bound to be questioned on the matter when Parliament reconvenes on Oct. 19, as both are MPs.
Before the expiry of the 96-hour ultimatum on Wednesday, all Ministers should declare whether they have received handouts from Najib’s personal accounts, and how much, or to state clearly and unmistakably that they had not been beneficiaries at all.
Or will the 96-hour deadline come and go without Najib or any Minister daring to step forward to declare his or her integrity on the RM2.6 billion deposit in Najib’s personal bank accounts just before the 13th General Election in March 2013?
(Speech at the DAP Seremban Ceramah Perdana held at Ballroom2, City Kingdom, Taman AST, Seremban on Sunday, 16th August 2015 at 10 pm)