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Chong Chieng Jen's Blog

Chong Chieng Jen's Blog

Najib,resign or dissolve parliament?

Posted: 28 Jul 2016 10:12 PM PDT

With the whole country now being put to shame in having a Prime Minister involved in international money laundering scandal, it is time that ordinary Malaysians be given an opportunity to speak up and there is no better way than returning to the People to decide whether to continue with him as the leader of the country or otherwise.
Never in the 53-year history of Malaysia had our prime ministers been implicated in illegal international money laundering activities. Najib is the first one to have been so implicated.

As such, in light of the US DOJ's legal action which carries a criminal implication, Najib should either resign as the Prime Minister or seek new mandate from the People whether he should continue to act as the Prime Minister. If Najib chose not to resign, he should at least have the decency to call for a general elections to seek a fresh mandate from the People.

In Lim Guan Eng's case, in light of the criminal prosecution against him, there have been calls on Lim Guan Eng to resign as the Chief Minister. DAP's stand is that, the prosecution against him is a political persecution and that Lim Guan Eng is not in the position to influence the investigation or prosecution of his case. As such, there is no need for him to resign.

However, to respect the People's wishes, we have decided to return to the people of Penang to seek new mandate to govern. 

It is not a matter of whether there is a need or otherwise to have the Penang State Elections now. It is also not a matter about saving Lim Guan Eng. It is also not a matter about whether the Pakatan will have a bigger victory or otherwise. The rationale to have the Penang State Elections is that in light of Lim Guan Eng's criminal prosecution, the People of Penang should be given the chance to decide whether they still want him continue to lead the State or otherwise. 

There are conflicting views about whether Lim Guan Eng should resign as the Chief Minister or otherwise. Both have their arguments. At least, with the Penang State Elections, the Penang voters get the chance to decide.

We also call upon Najib to dissolve the Parliament and let Malaysians decide his fate as the Prime Minister of the country. 

Chong Chieng Jen
MP Bandar Kuching / ADUN for Kota Sentosa
DAP Sarawak Chairman