KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim today issued a challenge to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to fight his own battle instead of hiding behind others.
In a press statement, the former deputy premier said Najib should stop casting aspersions on his character and PKR through devious tactics.
The PKR supremo said the prime minister should also cease employing the resources of the government machinery to disseminate lies and slander.
“He should stop making insinuations to mislead the people. If Najib has something to say, then he should be man enough to say it.
“It is very demeaning for a leader of a political party, let alone the prime minister, to hide behind turncoats like Zahrain (Mohd Hashim) and Zulkifli (Noordin),” he added.
Zahrain, the MP for Bayan Baru, had quit PKR recently, experessing lack of confidence in the party leadership whereas Zulkifli, the MP for Kulim Bandar Baru, was sacked from PKR.
The two remain as independent MPs, and continue to lash out at their former party.
Meanwhile, Anwar said that he has openly accused Najib of being tainted with the Scorpene submarine corruption scandal.
Furthermore, the PKR leader said he has also taken the prime minister to task for failing to deal with all the unanswered questions in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder as well as other pertinent issues.
“Najib should answer them instead of indulging in scurrilous gossip and rumour mongering,” he said.