PETALING JAYA: Previous Cabinet ministers have been challenged to state that they were not responsible in the cover-up of the 1 Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) scandal.
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang (pix) today threw them the dare after MCA replied to his comment that it is not qualified to play the check-and-balance role with Pakatan Harapan (PH) holding federal power.
"Are the (previous) MCA, Umno, Gerakan and MIC Ministers claiming that they were not aware of the 1MDB corruption and embezzlement scandal and that they never knew that Malaysia had suffered infamy, ignominy and iniquity of being regarded as a global kleptocracy?" he asked in a statement.
"Lest the Ministers in the (Datuk Seri) Najib (Razak) Cabinet claim victims of memory loss, let me remind that them that in June 2017, I wrote an Open Letter calling on the entire Najib Cabinet to collectively resign if the Ministers were unable to purge Malaysia of the ignominy and infamy of the nation of being regarded world-wide as a global kleptocracy."
The MP for Iskandar Puteri said he had in an open letter to the Cabinet Ministers on June 17, 2017 said that no loyal and patriotic Malaysian could read the updated 251-page USA DOJ kleptocratic suit to forfeit US$1.7 billion MDB-linked assets arising from US$4.5 billion 1MDB money-laundering without consternation and horror and only those who are prepared to commit treason will be unaffected, unmoved and untouched by the US DOJ action.
He then asked all the 36 Ministers in the Cabinet then, including the three MCA Ministers, namely Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong and Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, why they failed to live up to national and patriotic expectations to force an issue on the 1MDB scandal in the Cabinet or to collectively resign from the Cabinet.