KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — A Barisan Nasional-friendly party leader urged the government today to take legal action against several Opposition figures whom he accused of economic sabotage.
Parti Cinta Malaysia vice-president Datuk Huan Cheng Guan was responding to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s plea to his detractors to put the country’s interests above their political differences, saying their criticisms could impact foreign investments.
“The government especially the police and the Attorney-General’s Chambers should look at what laws can be used against these national traitors to prevent future economic sabotages,” Huan said in a statement on his blog.
He claimed the Opposition has an “evil agenda” to sabotage the country’s economy, adding that if they had succeeded, it would cause major losses in job opportunities, training for small and medium enterprises as well as the services industry among others.
He described DAP politicians as among those who have “consistently” disparaged the country’s economic abilities abroad and named its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as an example, citing the latter’s allegedly negative forecast on Malaysia’s GDP in Hong Kong three years ago.
He blamed several Johor DAP representatives including Mengkibol assemblyman Tan Hong Pin, Tangkak assemblyman Ee Chin Li, Bentayan assemblyman Chua Wee Beng and PAS’ Mazlan Aliman for the withdrawal of Taiwanese firm Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology Company from the RM60 billion Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (RAPID), following their July 2013 visit to the island nation.
The RAPID project eventually drew a RM31 billion investment from Saudi Arabia’s state oil company Saudi Aramco last month. The investment was said to be Saudi Aramco’s biggest downstream investment outside the kingdom.
Huan also claimed PKR’s Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh had tried to sabotage the Lynas refinery in Pahang by holding protests outside the Australian rare earths manufacturer’s plant as election campaign fodder.
Last week, BN’s strategic communications director Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan urged the National Security Council to take action against so-called acts of sabotage to the economy, instead of looking only at terrorist attacks.