Oust Najib? Corrupt system must go too: Anwar

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak greeting family members of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims during a memorial service.
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak greeting family members of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims during a memorial service. PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR • Jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said "a Mahathir-led removal" of Prime Minister Najib Razak from power without real reforms in Malaysia will not bring about meaningful change other than benefiting certain cronies, Malaysiakini reported yesterday.

Making his first comments on the scandal surrounding the Prime Minister, Anwar was quoted as saying that based on past experience, removing Datuk Seri Najib alone was "not enough".

"We have gone through the futile process of changing leaders, but leaving the corrupt and obsolete system intact. We do not want piecemeal solutions but a serious commitment to reform and the end of corruption."

The opposition leader was jailed in February for five years for sodomising a former aide.

Former premier and Anwar's former mentor, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has been Mr Najib's harshest critic and wants him to step down for the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal.

Anwar outlined three areas of reform, including on key institutions such as the Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission, the Attorney-General's Chambers, the judiciary and the police, Malaysiakini said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2015, with the headline 'Oust Najib? Corrupt system must go too: Anwar'. Print Edition | Subscribe