Making the rounds of social media is the work of a wag that Najib attended the Anti-ICERD rally on Saturday to turn it into IC(uri)E(engkau)R(amai-ramai)D(efend) endorsement of his kleptocratic rule and the 1MDB corruption scandal

Making the rounds on the social media is the work of a wag that the former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak attended the Anti-ICERD rally in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to turn it into a IC(curi)E(ngkau)R(amai-ramai)D(efend) endorsement of his kleptocratic rule and the 1MDB corruption scandal.

This cannot be so, as it is unbelievable that the tens of thousands who rallied at Dataran Merdeka on Saturday supported Najib and his kleptocracy record, including the globally infamous 1MDB kleptocratic scandal.

Najib’s attendance at the Anti-ICERD rally is most questionable, especially as it is confirmed that Najib, accompanied by the former 1MDB Chairman Arul Kanda Kandasamy, will be charged tomorrow over the alleged tampering of the Auditor-General’s 1MDB Report – continuing Najib’s personal odyssey to overtake UMNO President Datuk Zahid Hamidi’s 45 corruption charges.

A day after the Anti-ICERD Rally, New York Times carried a long report entitled “A Yacht, a Monet, a See-Through Piano: The U.S. Collects on a Fugitive’s Shopping Spree”, a fulsome account of the ill-gotten gains of the 1MDB kleptocratic scandal.

It said:

“The fund at the center of the investigation, called the 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund or 1MDB, was supposed to benefit ordinary Malaysians. It raised billions of dollars from banks and borrowed from investors, ostensibly to finance projects like a joint venture with a Saudi oil company and the purchase of power plants.

“But prosecutors say 1MDB became a ‘massive, brazen and blatant’ money-laundering scheme, in which billions were diverted into the bank accounts of senior officials, including the former prime minister Najib Razak, his family and associates and Mr. Low.”

Will there be a Anti-Kleptocracy Rally, and will the two major speakers at the Anti-ICERD rally, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Hadi Awang prepared to speak at such a rally to condemn 1MDB scandal and grand corruption in Malaysia, which reached such stratospheric heights as to make Malaysia a global kleptocracy under Najib’s premiership.

Of course not.

Today is the last day of the Parliamentary budget meeting for the Dewan Rakyat.

Neither at the 20-day Opening of the 14th Parliament meeting in July/August nor at the 30-sitting of the Budget meeting in October/November/December had a single Opposition Member of Parliament from UMNO and PAS declared his or her stand whether 1MDB scandal was a national catastrophe and whether Najib should be held responsible for Malaysia becoming a global kleptocracy.

For the past few years, Malaysia had been haunted and hounded by the RM50 billion 1MDB scandal, totted up a national debt of a trillion ringgit and gained international notoriety as a global kleptocracy. Are these lies and slanders?

If Malaysia is to be a world top-class nation, Malaysians must put an end to the toxic politics of lies, hate, fear, race and religion whether it be the falsehood that the 1MDB scandal is a international conspiracy against Malaysia or the falsehood that the International Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) is anti-Malay, anti-Islam, anti-Malay Rulers and a “Freemason agenda” to destroy Malaysia and Islam.

Lim Kit Siang MP for Iskandar Puteri