‘If Mukhriz was ousted for Kedah’s good, then the PM must be removed for the bona fide interest of the rakyat and the country.’
PETALING JAYA: Parti Amanah Negara’s Strategy Director, Dzulkefly Ahmad, has challenged Prime Minister Najib Razak to provide an explanation that would convince the people of Kedah that the recent two-week war in the state was indeed fought in their interest.
However, he doesn’t think that the Prime Minister could “come up with a convincing and compelling narrative” that would counter the perception that the fight had little more purpose than to display “Najib’s unfettered power to hire and fire with impunity”.
Speaking to FMT, Dzulkefly posited that the interest of the rakyat was never a “prime consideration” in the wrestling for the position of Menteri Besar of the state.
He challenged Najib to explain to the public what exactly was at stake in Kedah and what made Mukhriz Mahathir so dangerous to the interest of the people.
“Why was a change necessary?” he asked. “What was being undermined and compromised? What sins of commission and omission did Mukhriz commit to warrant his removal with such force of execution and in such an undignified manner?”
He said Najib must provide convincing answers to these questions if he hoped to get the Kedah people’s support for Mukhriz’s ouster. “Perchance they might understand and support the removal, and perchance Mukhriz’s successor would be reminded against committing his mistakes.”
If the ouster was indeed carried out in the interest of the rakyat, he said, then it’s time to turn the tables on Najib. “With the exposé of the RM2.6billion donation and with the perennial problem of 1MDB and the litany of other sins of omission and commission,” he said, “why can’t Najib be removed and replaced with immediate effect for the bona fide interest of the rakyat and the country?”
Dzulkefly said he would have fought on Mukhriz’s side if he had been directly involved in the war.
“You now know your true friends and foes,” he said, addressing Mukhriz. “If you’re cut out to be a leader, you’ll certainly bounce back.” Quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson, he added: “Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising up every time we fail.”