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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10, 2015:

Stop criticising the government or risk being called pelawak (jokers), says People’s Progressive Party (PPP) president Tan Sri M. Kayveas.

He said leaders, whether within and outside the country, should instead think how much they love the country rather than continue bashing the government.

When asked if he was referring to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Kayveas said his statement was in general and meant for the more critical groups, including incarcerated former Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his wife, Opposition leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

“All questions and facts concerning these critics have been answered and people should stop talking after the facts have been exposed.

“So, to me, if they continue to criticise, they are portraying themselves as ‘jokers’,” he said when met at the party’s Deepavali open house in Brickfields.

Kayveas also expressed disappointment and confusion over Dr Mahathir’s recent actions in criticising the government after had been governing the administration for over 20 years

“When he says something (critical), he is hurting and affecting the government,” said the former Cabinet minister, adding that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should not be made the black sheep on issues involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

He said 1MDB is like any other company in the country, and it has an assets amounting to RM52 billion, with RM42 billions in debts, which he described as not a problem.

“With a RM52 billion in asset, I can sell them anytime to settle my debts.

“If I have a company, and it is not doing well, then you can criticise the administration of the company. So please stop making Najib the black sheep,” he said.

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