KUALA LUMPUR – Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications Director Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang should retire from politics for “lacking confidence” in opposing BN and its president Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Rahman said this was because Lim had used Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is not a member of parliament, to lead Pakatan Harapan despite DAP being the dominant party in the pact.
“Pressed to the wall of desperation, Lim throws away all the principles he ever had when he recently defended Dr Mahathir in the recently concluded Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the RM33 billion forex scandal.
“It is the same RCI that Lim has called for in the past two decades. He has also written a book on the same matter,” Rahman said in a statement on Saturday.
He said Lim, who once called Dr Mahathir the country’s single greatest enemy bent on destroying Bangsa Malaysia, now hailed the latter as Malaysia’s saviour.
“Due to such unprincipled actions, I am sure Lim now realises that he is a huge liability to Pakatan Harapan.”
He said after being the undisputed leader of DAP for 50 years, Lim now carried the image of a dictator that paralleled the “despotic leader of North Korea”.
“It appears that Lim has lost it. So, it is best that he resigns and goes into retirement.
“Perhaps, it is time for him to step aside and pave the way for progressive, inclusive and responsible leaders like Dr Tan Seng Giaw to lead the party democratically.”
The RCI into Bank Negara Malaysia’s forex trading losses of the 1990s was set up following a cabinet meeting, soon after the New Straits Times published an interview with former BNM assistant governor Datuk Abdul Murad Khalid.
Murad had claimed that the central bank had suffered forex losses of US$10 billion in the early 1990s.