Damansara MP Tony Pua has rejected the formation of any government with the support of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak.
Pua said Najib has been unremorseful for any of his misdeeds in the 1MDB scandal.
“Absolutely nuts. Some who may have unprincipled hunger for power would lap up Najib’s support to form a new government.
“I would never sign up to such a government.
Pua was responding to a Malaysiakini article which cited sources as saying that Najib had urged BN MPs to throw their support behind PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.
Later this evening, Najib responded by stating that he has no wish to work with Pua either.
“That is why my position was ‘no DAP’ during the meeting with Umno MPs.
“If you insist on ‘go to hell’, go ahead,” wrote Najib on his Facebook page while appending an article on Pua.
Tapi jika kamu masih mahu bertegas untuk “go to hell”, dipersilakan.
Amanah vice-president Hasanuddin Mohd Yunus, however, said it is not wrong to work with a convict as long as one does not become an accomplice in a crime.
He said Amanah is prepared to work with anyone, but for now, its first choice is PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.
“Anyone who wants Anwar (to become prime minister) have to understand that Anwar shares our principles. Those who break the law must be brought to court; those who are found guilty must serve their sentence.
“To collaborate with a guilty person in certain matters is not an offence as long as we are not an accomplice to the crime.
“So, we will still fight kleptocracy, corruption, leakages, wastages, racism, discrimination, and so on. If anyone agrees, what’s wrong if we talk?” he said in a statement today.
Najib’s lobbying came ahead of an Umno supreme council meeting, which would decide among others whether to continue support for PN.
Anwar had previously claimed to have majority support to form a new government.
Najib, together with Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, had purportedly signed a letter to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong voicing support for the PKR president.
Zahid’s aides claimed the letter was fake, but Najib has kept mum on the matter.
Several Umno leaders, however, have objected to the possibility of forming a government with Anwar and the latter’s ally, DAP.
DAP has also voiced dissatisfaction with PKR, over the latter respecting an earlier Umno stance to support PN.
Najib is currently on trial over four counts of abuse of power and 21 counts of money laundering involving RM2.28 billion of 1MDB’s funds.
He was also convicted over the misappropriation of RM42 million from state-owned SRC International Sdn Bhd. This matter is currently under appeal.
“The simple fact remains that Najib is the biggest crook in the country, brought shame to Malaysians all over the world and burdened Malaysians with tens of billions of debt (if not more),” Pua said.
“And yet, he demonstrates no remorse, expresses no guilt and even has the audacity to claim the money was for poor orphans,” he added. – MKINI
THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT / MKINI