Opposition calls for special meeting of MPs

Malaysia's opposition Democratic Action Party leader Lim Kit Siang at the party's branch office in Skudai.
Malaysia's opposition Democratic Action Party leader Lim Kit Siang at the party's branch office in Skudai.PHOTO: ST FILE

KUALA LUMPUR • Two of Malay- sia's main opposition parties will convene a meeting with all "progressive MPs" tomorrow to discuss the country's future following allegations that Prime Minister Najib Razak received over US$700 million (S$940 million) into his personal bank accounts.

Democratic Action Party (DAP) veteran Lim Kit Siang said yesterday that the meeting was "most relevant and urgent" now, the Malay Mail Online reported.

It followed discussions he had with opposition leader and Parti Keadilan Rakyat chairman Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Mr Lim said.

"(Datuk Seri Wan Azizah) has agreed with the convening of a meeting of progressive MPs in Parliament on Tuesday at noon to consider the impact, implications and Malaysia's future as a result of the WSJ allegation and the Attorney-General's confirmation on the existence of documents from a government special task force probe on the serious charge of embezzlement against the Prime Minister," he said in a statement.

MPs from the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition who are "disgusted with the corruption" were also invited to attend the meeting.

"I do not believe that there is no one in the Umno/BN coalition... who is not disgusted with the corruption, abuses of power and malpractices which have become even more rampant than previous times, and if there are such progressive MPs in the Umno/BN coalition, they are also welcome to Parliament on Tuesday," he said.

Dr Wan Azizah said in a statement: "While we wait for a full report on the case, we should also prepare to face any eventuality."

A WSJ report last Friday said investigators scrutinising state investment agency 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) discovered five deposits from two sources that were made into Datuk Seri Najib's accounts, citing government documents it claimed to have viewed.

The largest two transactions, the WSJ said, were for US$620 million and US$61 million allegedly made in March 2013, shortly before the general election in May.

Another transfer of RM42 million (S$14.9 million), purportedly made into Mr Najib's account between the end of last year and the beginning of this year, is believed to have come from SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1MDB that was in 2012 parked under the Finance Ministry that Mr Najib heads, the WSJ said. He has denied the allegations, saying the report was a "lie" instigated by former PM Mahathir Mohamad, who has been trying to get his former protege to resign.

Meanwhile, DAP MP Charles Santiago said he wants the Parliament Speaker to convene an emergency session, local media said. He spoke to reporters yesterday after he and 72 others lodged a police report, calling for an investigation into the WSJ's claims.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2015, with the headline 'Opposition calls for special meeting of MPs'. Print Edition | Subscribe