World’s largest gathering of blind and mute MPs on Monday – when Malaysian Parliament reconvenes pretending the 1MDB financial scandal and infamy of Malaysia as “global kleptocracy” do not exist

The world’s largest gathering of blind and mute Members of Parliament will meet on Monday when the Malaysian Parliament reconvenes with the Barisan Nasional MPs, with the exception of former Finance Minister, Datuk Husni Hanazlah, pretending that the 1MDB global financial scandal and the infamy of Malaysia as “global kleptocracy” do not exist.

All patriotic Malaysians who love the country deeply and passionately must feel ashamed and outraged that since the May meeting of Parliament some five months ago, Malaysia has acquired the international infamy being a “global kleptocracy”, especially after the July 20 lawsuit initiated by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to forfeit over US$1 billion of 1MDB-linked assets in the United States, United Kingdom and Switzerland from over US$3 billion international embezzlement, misappropriation and money-laundering of 1MDB funds and the recent actions by the Swiss and Singapore financial regulatory authorities to either close down banks or institute criminal proceedings in connection with 1MDB money-laundering crimes.

The 1MDB global scandal and the infamy of Malaysia becoming a “global kleptocracy” should be the first item of parliamentary business when Parliament reconvenes on Monday, but from the Parliamentary Order Paper, it is clear that these two issues are totally absent from the radar of the Malaysian Government and Parliament.

One can in fact use the 1MDB and Malaysia’s infamy as “global kleptocracy” as a yardstick to judge whether a Minister or a Member of Parliament is a Malaysian patriot and nationalist, as no Malaysian can claim to be a patriot, nationalist or love Malaysia if he or she is not ashamed and outraged by the disgraceful appellation of Malaysia as a “global kleptocracy”, as if Malaysians are happy to be ruled by PPP – Pencuri, Perompak dan Penyamun.

It is to the eternal shame of the Malaysian Parliament that no oral question on the 1MDB global financial scandal is slated to be answered in the 90 minute of question time on the first day of Parliament on Monday – although there are seven out of the 56 oral questions listed for Monday’s Question Time, but they are placed so behind the queue that they will not be answered at all.

It is an even greater shame to Malaysia’s Parliament that out of 1,283 oral questions and 543 questions for written answer submitted for the 25-day Parliamentary meeting, only one Barisan Naional MP (MP for Tambun and former Second Finance Minister Husni Hanadzlah) asked about the 1MDB global financial scandal and Malaysia’s infamy as a global kleptocracy.

All the questions about the 1MDB scandal (except for Husni’s) had come from the Pakatan Harapan MPs – a clear indicator who are genuine Malaysian patriots and nationalists and who are fakes and frauds.

Will the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, redeem Malaysia and Parliament’s honour and dignity by moving a motion on Monday to debunk and refute the damning allegation that Malaysia has become a global kleptocracy under his administration, and in particular, to refute all the negative connotations of being identified as “MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1” (MO 1) in the US DOJ lawsuit on the international money-laundering of 1MDB funds?

I will be very surprised if the Prime Minister is capable of such action to redeem the honour, dignity and reputation of Malaysia and the Malaysian Parliament!

Lim Kit Siang DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Gelang Patah