KUALA LUMPUR, AUG 19: DAP Parliamentary Leader Lim Kit Siang has called for a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into claims that there was a coup to topple the top leadership of the nation.
Lim at a press conference here today said an RCI of what he termed Malaysian elders should probe whether there was really an attempted coup to topple Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, which was a claim made by BN Strategic Communications Director Abdul Rahman Dahlan in a recent interview.
“I call for an RCI on whether there was an attempted ‘coup’ to topple Najib as Prime Minister, the sacking of Gani Patail as Attorney General, the sacking of the Deputy Prime Minister, the arrest and harassment of top government officials and whether they were related to the twin scandals of 1Malaysia Development Berhad and RM2.6 billion in Najib’s personal accounts,” said Lim.
Lim proposed the RCI to comprise of former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Badawi, former Chief Justice Tun Dzaiddin, former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tun Hanif Omar, former Attorney-General (AG) Abu Talib Othman, and other top civil servants.
Lim’s call comes om the heels of a contentious article published on The Star Online on Sunday, which reported allegations made by Abdul Rahman that the government had to employ “pre-emptive steps” to protect Najib from being “criminalised”.
The “pre-emptive” measures were used to justify the recent cabinet reshuffle that impeded the investigation of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), removal of Gani, and the arrest of Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officials.
Rahman Dahlan, however, later defended himself by saying that he was merely enumerating the “conspiracy theories” shrouding the1MDB scandal and Najib.
He also added that the story had been “twisted” and urged the opposition to “re-read” it.
Najib has come under intense scrutiny in the aftermath of revelations that some RM2.6 billion were channeled into his personal accounts prior to the general elections in 2013. An investigation by a special task force was set up, which was derailed when Gani was removed.
Lim said Abdul Rahman has put on an “outstanding performance as a strategic communications director”, stating that so far the latter had committed several public relation mistakes, such as using “discredited tales” told by Sarawakian editor Lester Melanyi, coining the term “criminalise Najib” and the disastrous The Star interview.
“Malaysia is a democratic country in an information era, and Malaysians are entitled to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the ‘Last Days of July 2015 in Putrajaya’,” added Lim. -The Rocket