CALL FOR ELECTION NOW, don't let corruption swamp us - Anwar tells Najib
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim told Prime Minister Najib Razak to call
for general elections as soon as possible " so that the people can
decide" rather than to let 'out-of-control' corruption swamp the country
and decimate the national coffers.
"The utter silence from them show their total abdical of responsibility... their poor leadership
and lack of governance. We would seek that the call for general
election as soon as possible so that he people can decide," Anwar told a
press conference on Thursday.
He was responding to a question on the lack of response by the Najib
administration to a string of corruption scandals recently brought to
the fore by former IGP Musa Hassan and controversial businessman Deepak
The 64-year-old Anwar, widely touted to be Malaysia's next prime
minister, chided Najib and his Umno-BN government for refusing to clear
the air over the latest corruption expose's or to acknowledge two
disturbing international reports that have roiled investors and shocked
"Our ranking on the Transparency International index has continued to slip and they did not even bother to respond to the Global Financial Integrity report," said Anwar.
Anwar also said that the GFI
had agreed to participate in a roundtable to discuss Malaysia's shock
rise in illicit outflows that amounted to RM200 billion in 2010 and
RM857 billion for the 10 years from 2001 to 2010.
"GFI has replied to our letter and the tentative date for the roundtable
will be January 17," said PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli, who was
also present at the press conference.