PSM: Kit Siang dug his own grave by challenging Najib

PSM: Kit Siang dug his own grave by challenging Najib

PUCHONG: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang dug his own grave by challenging former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to a debate.

In a statement, Parti Sosialis Malaysia central committee member S Arutchelvan said no matter what the justification, people will see Lim’s withdrawal from the debate as a loss for the DAP stalwart.

“Since early on, Lim has this tendency of constantly attacking Najib while the latter just brushes it off by saying the former is too obsessed with him.

“Najib’s response to Lim not only made him score brownie points with his own supporters but also among members of the Pakatan Harapan coalition,” he said.

Three days ago, Lim challenged Najib to debate on ‘How Malaysia became a global kleptocracy and how we can become a leading nation of integrity.’

Najib took up the challenge saying that the debate should also cover other topics and be conducted after Hari Raya.

However, Lim made a U-turn yesterday, saying he will not debate Najib fearing the exercise would lead to racial tension. Najib responded by saying Lim feared the debate as the latter might not be able to deflect questions which would expose Pakatan’s lies and slanders.

Arutchelvan said that while he respects Lim’s persistence in exposing wrongdoings, the people are getting fed up with him attacking Najib constantly, a person who is seen to have lost power.

“Attacking a fallen foe continuously will only backfire. There is no point focusing on Najib as the latter has already lost power and is going in and out of court for various criminal charges.

“Lim’s obsession with Najib will only give the latter cheap publicity,” said the PSM leader.

Arutchelvan then urged Lim to use his last days in politics to monitor and reprimand his own coalition members, especially Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, should they stray away from the coalition’s principles.

He also said that as a veteran politician, Lim has the credentials and stature to reprimand Mahathir as no one else in Pakatan is doing so.

“Anwar Ibrahim is too careful with Mahathir as the former wants to be prime minister so badly while the Cabinet ministers are too beholden to the premier.

“If Karpal Singh was alive, he would have played the role significantly. Many in Pakatan miss Karpal dearly for his fearlessness in defending common principles,” said Arutchelvan.

By G Vinod