Tony Pua said the prime minister is taking Malaysia down the slippery slope in efforts to save himself.

KUALA LUMPUR: The prime minister’s brazen foreign policy switch will lead Malaysia, intentionally or inadvertently, down the road of becoming a rogue nation, warned Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua.

“It will be globally snubbed and internationally derided,” said Pua who is also DAP national publicity secretary.

“It’s frightening the prime minister was taking actions which will lead us down the slippery slope. He’s consumed with the need to save himself.”

The MP was commenting on Prime Minister Najib Razak’s special column in China Daily yesterday, where he chastised the West including “former colonial powers”.

“It’s not for them to lecture countries they once exploited on how to conduct their own internal affairs today,” Pua quoted Najib’s column.

“If they are not happy with him (Najib), he is more than happy to embrace China, which couldn’t care less about how Malaysian leaders plunder the nation,” the lawmaker said.

Najib’s stand has much bigger implications than merely an attempt to play off one superpower against another, cautioned Pua.

He pointed out that in July this year, the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) labelled Malaysia a kleptocracy.

“There was the single largest seizure of assets purchased with funds laundered in the United States. These funds were misappropriated from state investor fund, 1MDB.”

While Najib was not the owner of the assets to be seized, Pua said, the DoJ explicitly disclosed that he received US$731 million of the misappropriated funds in his personal bank accounts in Malaysia.

Despite the severity of the accusation by the US Attorney-General, Najib has refused to deny the allegations and has chosen to remain silent, said Pua.

Instead, he said, Najib has decided that it was now in his best interest to pucker up to mighty China.

“Najib not only wants to jump start our economy, but he also wants China’s help to clean up his multi-billion dollar 1MDB mess.”

Pua cited the RM55 billion East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) as a case in point, adding that the project was awarded to China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC) at more than double the price per kilometre of rail ever awarded in Malaysia.

The borrowings are from China’s Export-Import Bank.

“It’s a clear attempt to siphon cash to pay off 1MDB’s outstanding debts,” reiterated Pua. “These include debts to Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Corporation (IPIC).”

In exchange, he said, Najib was yielding to Chinese geo-political and economic supremacy. – FMT

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