He said Najib's warning that the Chinese community's assets and wealth may "evaporate" in the absence of “political certainty and stability”, reminded of the UMNO president's speech in October 2010 in which he said UMNO would defend its Federal power even if it meant “crushed bodies, lives lost”.
Najib’s latest remark was made while officiating the Associated Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry's 66th annual general meeting.
Lim said Najib should make clear whether he was threatening the Chinese business community in the context of his statement about defending UMNO's power.
Earlier, UMNO Kota Belud member of parliament Abdul Rahman Dahlan assured a peaceful transition of government if Pakatan Rakyat won the coming polls.
"I have spoken to my colleagues in BN and Umno. If we lose, we lose. We won't turn this state into a pariah state," said Abdul Rahman, who represented BN in a debate organised by Malaysiakini.com last night.
Lim however lamented the absence of any such assurance from both Najib and his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin.
“Or is Najib telling the nation and the world that he would not accept the verdict of the electorate in the 13th general election which is in favour of Pakatan Rakyat and that he is not prepared to make a public commitment on behalf of UMNO/BN to ensure a peaceful transition of government if PR wins the next general election?” asked the former opposition leader.