Kit Siang: Najib's US visit like local chieftain gifting Bunga Mas to his lord
DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang, saying the brief meeting between Najib Razak and Donald Trump was humiliating to Malaysians, raises several questions about the visit.
KUALA LUMPUR: Asking if Prime Minister Najib Razak is aware that his meeting with US President Donald Trump has given birth to jokes, Lim Kit Siang said it resembled the head of a vassal state bearing the bunga mas to a superior power.
And instead of laying the 1MDB and RM2.6 billion donation âmega scandalsâ to rest, the US visit had raised even more questions, the DAP veteran politician claimed in a statement.
Naughtily, he said, just as there was a saying about âThe face that launched a thousand shipsâ, he would not be surprised if there was a saying about âThe 5 minute 58 s econd-exchange in the White House that launched a thousand jokesâ.
The Gelang Patah MP said the visit had raised at least 10 questions.
He asked: âWhy is the 5 minute 58 second-transcript of the Trump-Najib exchange in the White House Cabinet Room so humiliating for Malaysians?â This was because, he added, âthe tone and tenor of the exchange were not between two equals representing two sovereign nations but like those between a monarch and a chieftain of vassal state bearing gifts, like bunga mas, to the sovereignâ.
In earlier years, Malay states, such as Perak and Kedah, would send the bunga mas or golden flower to Siam and other powerful leaders of neighbouring kingdoms. The bunga mas was sent by a small and weak state to a more powerful state to gain goodwill and protection.
Lim asked how much was spent to secure Trumpâs invitation to Najib for the meeting at the White House, and whether it was paid from the government coffers or from priva te funds.
Lim wants to know the cost of the stay of Najibâs entourage at the Trump International Hotel, and if Najib is aware that staying at that hotel has created an ethical problem for Trump as the emoluments clause of the US Constitution forbids presidents from receiving gifts or payments for services rendered from foreign governments while in office.
âIs Najib aware of the ludicrous and comical implications, and the total lack of a sense of scale, when as Malaysian prime minister, he declared Malaysia sought to âstrengthen the US economyâ to make America great again when the comparative 2016 GDP is US$18.569 trillion for USA and US$296 billion for Malaysia only?
âHow can an economically weaker country âstrengthenâ the economy of a country which is 63 times bigger than that of Malaysia â" when it should be the other way round? Out of the 50 states in the US, 22 states have GDPs larger than Malaysiaâs, headed by three states which are t rillion-dollar economies, namely California which has GDP of US$2.6 trillion, Texas US$1.6 trillion, and New York US$1.5 trillion.â
On Najibâs claim that Trumpâs invitation to the White House was a form of acknowledgement of Malaysiaâs status as a rising star, Lim asked: â Is he aware that of the 32 foreign leaders from sovereign countries that Trump had invited to the White House so far, 15 rule over nations that either score in the bottom half of the Global Democracy Ranking, which uses metrics to measure the health of 112 democracies in the world, or hail from countries like Saudi Arabia that have no pretense of democratic rule?â
On Najibâs pledge to spend several billion dollars on investments in the US, Lim asked if Najib was aware that his âvalue propositionsâ constituted a drop in the ocean of the US economy, as the cost of Trumpâs infrastructure upgrade was US$5 trillion over the next decade, and the market capitalisation of the New York sto ck exchange totaled US$27 trillion?
He said that rather that laying the 1MBD scandal and the RM2.6 billion donation into Najibâs accounts to rest, the US visit had highlighted âthe iniquity and monstrosity of the scandal which has made Malaysia overnight into a global kleptocracy. Will Najib finally recognise that the 1MDB scandal will not go way, and that it can only disappear if there is full accountability?â
He asked who had conceived the two propaganda offensives â" the âTrump-Najib showâ and the move to blame the opposition for using the 1MDB scandal to undermine investor confidence in the Malaysian economy. âDid it come from the highly-paid (foreign) media consultants and propagandists, and if so, let us have the names.â
Lim also asked if Najib, who had claimed that Malaysiaâs record of democracy and free speech was strong, would allow parliament to have a full debate on the 1MDB scandal and âdeclare that he would peacefully and democrat ically transfer power to Pakatan Harapan if Malaysian voters in the 14th GE decide on a change of government in Putrajaya and that there would not be riots or any declaration of emergency?â
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