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Strange bedfellows sleeping together

The unbelievable did happen when former sworn enemies got together, for common a goal to oust Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak with their proclamation of ‘Save Malaysia’ from the MOU ‘Citizen Declaration’ inked yesterday.

The Star story:

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Dr M initiates citizens’ declaration to oust Prime Minister



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PETALING JAYA: Four days after quitting Umno, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has teamed up with key political figures and civil society leaders to initiate a citizens’ declaration to demand the removal of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The group of more than 50, including suspended Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, signed the 37-point declaration during a ceremony at the Universiti Malaya Alumni Association clubhouse.

The former prime minister renewed his attacks against 1MDB, including its joint venture with Petrosaudi International Limited.

Dr Mahathir also revisited the controversy surrounding the RM2.6bil in Najib’s personal bank accounts, pointing to discrepancies between the Prime Minister’s explanation and reportedly that of a Saudi minister.

“To this day, WSJ (Wall Street Journal) continues to report about 1MDB and Najib has not sued them. He can sue them in the country where WSJ is published,” said Dr Mahathir.

The former premier also claimed that he was forced to initiate a citizens’ movement as existing avenues had been crippled.

“Normally, we can make reports and then the police will investigate.

“If there is evidence of wrongdoing, then the Attorney-General can take the case to court. But right now, that system is not working,” he told reporters after the signing ceremony.

Other signatories to the declaration included former Kedah mentri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, PKR vice-presidents Rafizi Ramli and Tian Chua, lawyer activist Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, former PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa, former PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar, Amanah deputy president Datuk Salahuddin Ayub, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, and Bersih 4 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah.

Four other individuals who endorsed the declaration but were not present for the signing included Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin, DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua and lawyer Matthias Chang.

Asked if his collaboration with the Opposition would lead him to join Pakatan Harapan, Dr Mahathir said it was not the case.

“We are all here today as concerned Malaysians. There’s a difference between the citizens’ agenda and party agenda. The media must understand that,” he said when asked if he was now endorsing the Opposition’s goals.

Muhyiddin said he was not afraid that the party would take further action against him following his decision to sign the declaration.

“Even if I’m still an Umno member, I’m firstly a citizen of Malaysia and have the right to speak,” he said.

Azmin, who is the Selangor Mentri Besar, said the citizens’ movement was consistent with PKR’s stand all along.

“Anwar (Ibrahim) made a strong stand from prison yesterday to support this position (taken by Dr Mahathir). We are all concerned citizens who are here to support the initiative,” he said.


Pro-Anwarista News Portal story:

We have only one thing in common – remove Najib as PM, says Dr Mahathir

Published: 4 March 2016 3:52 PM | Updated: 4 March 2016 9:36 PM
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad sat with old political allies and foes today to obtain the people’s support to sign a declaration seeking Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s removal as the country’s prime minister.

Among those present were Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, DAP parliamentary chief Lim Kit Siang, former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik.

“There is only one thing common among us, we as citizens want to express our worries and concern about what is happening to our country.
“We want to sign the declaration, which includes the removal of Najib as the prime minister,” Dr Mahathir said to a packed press conference in Kuala Lumpur, with the words “Selamatkan Malaysia” (Save Malaysia) in the background.
“We call upon all Malaysians, irrespective of race, religion, political situation, creed or parties, young and old, to join us in saving Malaysia from the government headed by Najib Razak,” read a joint statement from the group.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks at the press conference today which saw political foes coming together calling for Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s resignation. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, March 4, 2016.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks at the press conference today which saw political foes coming together calling for Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s resignation. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, March 4, 2016.
Others present included former Bersih co-chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and activist Hishammuddin Rais.

From among Pakatan Harapan were DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke and vice-chairman Teresa Kok, Parti Amanah Negara vice-president Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa, and PKR vice-presidents Chua Tian Chang and Rafizi Ramli.

Two PAS leaders, its elections director Datuk Mustafa Ali and Pokok Sena MP Datuk Mahfuz Omar, were also present.

The declaration, titled “Citizens Declaration”, among others calls for Najib’s removal as well as “those in concert with him”.

It was signed by 58 individuals, including Dr Mahathir’s wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, who was also present today.

In his speech, Dr Mahathir said those present were there as citizens and not representatives of their political parties.

Reading from the declaration, he said Najib’s administration had inflicted damage to the nation and caused Malaysia to be listed as among the most corrupt nations.

He said Najib’s removal from office must be through non-violent and “legally permissible means”.

Those who helped to cover up his “misdeeds” must also be removed, he added.

The declaration also touched on some reforms to institutions, such as moves to restore integrity to “undermined institutions” such as the police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Bank Negara and the Public Accounts Committee.

At a press conference later, Dr Mahathir said the movement would find ways and means to force Najib to resign which included moving another motion of no-confidence in Parliament.

“We know the last one failed because it could not get enough support so we will also take our campaign to Barisan Nasional MPs,” said Dr Mahathir.

He added that the movement’s next step would be to hold the March 27 closed door gathering of anti-Najib forces.

He also said the movement was not driven by political parties and that politicians who signed did so in their personal capacities.

“This is not for or against Umno or about joining the opposition. It is not a political movement but a people’s movement,” he added.

Those gathered today, however, did not discuss Najib’s replacement in the event he resigned. – March 4, 2016.

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Asia One story:

A 90-year-old ex-premier and his strange bedfellows

A major realignment in the Malaysian political landscape was officially sealed yesterday as former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad led top opposition leaders, senior Umno leaders and political activists in signing a declaration to work together.

This “rainbow alliance” that aims to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak and implement reforms for public institutions was lauded by jailed opposition chief Anwar Ibrahim, even though it is led by his former mentor who sacked him in 1998 and accused him of sodomy.

A huge poster put up at the signing ceremony of the so-called Citizens’ Declaration yesterday proclaimed Selamatkan Malaysia, or Save Malaysia.

Said former Bar Council chief Ambiga Sreenevasan, who was one of the 58 signatories: “It is not just about removing one man but also reforms.”

Questions remain over whether the group can actually steer Tun Dr Mahathir into areas other than his one chief aim of removing Datuk Seri Najib. While the signatories may share the same bed, do they have the same dream?

“I term it political opportunism,” political analyst Khoo Kay Peng, who runs his own consultancy, told The Straits Times. “He (Mahathir) pretty much lays down the rules. Clearly, if the opposition is not faltering as it is today, it doesn’t need to ride this opportunism.”

In the comments section of pro-opposition news site Malaysiakini, many readers warned against working with Dr Mahathir. They worry that once he achieves his aim of ousting Mr Najib, the other parts of the declaration would be forgotten.

Anwar’s message from prison, analysts say, was a bid to reassure those who were hesitant to back the 90-year-old.

Many remember that Dr Mahathir, during his 22-year tenure as prime minister until 2003, jailed and harassed opposition leaders and activists.

The statement by Anwar said: “I support the position of friends in civil society, political parties and individuals including Tun Dr Mahathir, (former deputy PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and others to build up strength and understanding together.”

As they say in politics, there are no permanent enemies, only permanent interests.

“Politics makes for strange bedfellows,” said political analyst Amir Fareed Rahim at KRA Group. “It is interesting to see that it was Anwar who issued the statement of support and not Dr M openly soliciting Anwar’s support.”

As Dr Mahathir himself pointed out at the meeting held at the alumni club of Universiti Malaya: “As you can all see, this is a very strange group of people. There is only one thing in common – we are citizens of this country.”

Analysts say both sides hope to gain by latching onto each other.

For Dr Mahathir, the motley crew gives him another shot at trying to oust Mr Najib after he failed to do so as a respected Umno veteran last year. He quit the ruling party on Monday.

The opposition, meanwhile, is torn by internal bickering even as Mr Najib is engulfed by a huge financial scandal that rattled Malaysia’s international standing.

The opposition now hopes to ride on the names of Dr Mahathir and Mr Muhyiddin to attract Malay voters, especially in rural areas where the bulk of Umno’s strength lies, say analysts and politicians.

The opposition in the past one year lost two key Malay leaders – Anwar was jailed and revered Islamic leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat died. Datuk Nik Aziz was the spiritual leader of Parti Islam SeMalaysia, which has since bolted from the opposition.

Still, it will not be easy for Malay voters in Peninsular Malaysia to look beyond the usual racial lens to accept the new alignment.

“Umno members may be very uncomfortable with the idea of him (Dr Mahathir) working together with their sworn enemy Anwar, while the general Malay community may not be too keen on him working with the Lims of DAP,” said Mr Amir, referring to Mr Lim Kit Siang and his son Lim Guan Eng, two key leaders at the Chinese-based Democratic Action Party.

Asked whether Anwar’s release would be part of the new movement’s agenda, Dr Mahathir replied: “We are concerned about removing Najib.”

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Strange bedfellows are jumping into bed and sleeping together. In the disbelief of many, in their lifetime they would never imagine Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, dubbed as ‘Ultra Malay’ would join forces with sworn enemy DAP Chinese Chauvinist Supremo Lim Kit Siang.

The good doctor’s staunchest supporters are coming with the lamest excuse to rationalise this madness.

It is clear this declaration is all about Tun Dr. Mahathir cannot accept that the past one year he tried so far to oust Prime Minister Najib through the Cabinet, MT UMNO, UMNO General Assembly and even some segment of the rakyat with his two days appearance in last August BERISH rally did not fly.

In the ‘political orgy’ at UM Alumni Clubhouse, there is PKR Deputy President Azmin Ali, Parti Amanah President Mat Sabu, former PAS VP Husam Musa, BERSIH Chairman Maria Chin, Former Bar Council President Ambiga Sreenivasan, Anarchist Hishamuddin Rais, amongst others.

Even the voice from Sg Buloh prison, former Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim lends his support to Tun Dr. Mahathir.

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Thursday, 3 March 2016 | MYT 9:25 PM

Anwar declares support for Dr M


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PETALING JAYA: Jailed Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) has declared support for arch nemesis Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his efforts to pressure Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to resign.

“I support the position of friends in civil society, political parties and individuals including Tun Dr Mahathir, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and others to build up strength and understanding together as articulated by the leader of the Opposition recently.

“This understanding will focus on the demand for Najib to resign as Prime Minister as he has clearly failed to lead this nation,” he said in a message from prison on Thursday.

Anwar is currently serving a five-year jail term for sodomy at the Sungai Buloh prison.

The former deputy prime minister, who was sacked from Umno by Dr Mahathir in 1998 and later jailed for sodomy, said it was time for the rakyat to stand together and to set aside personal vendettas.

“We must together chart a new way forward to save our beloved nation,” he said.

Anwar also said the call for change also necessitated reforms in key institutions within the country.

He called for the rights of the people to be returned through free and fair elections, and independent judiciary, free media, and economic policies that are refocused on fresh economic growth.

“We have also learned from history that meaningful transition of power cannot happen only with a change of leadership but it also demands a systemic change,” he added.

Dr Mahathir had recently proposed the setting up of a core group to remove Najib, with some members of the Opposition saying they were ready to work with the former premier.


Today, the commonly agree on the oust of Prime Minister Najib.

However, the intriguing and equally burning “Thirteen Million Plus Ringgit” question is; Who shall replace Najib as the Prime Minister?

It is not so difficult to see that Pakistan Harapan (DAP, PKR and Amana) could come to a consensus that they want Anwar as the next Prime Minister.

The not so intriguing question as a subsequent question is that, how would they have Anwar as the next Prime Minister? Currently, Anwar is serving a five years sentence for sodomising his political aide Mohd. Saiful Bukhary Azlan in June 2008 and legally, all avenues have been exhausted to get him pardoned.

So who would be the personality that Tun Dr. Mahathir and Pakistan Harapan, agree to be the next Malaysian Prime Minister?

Tun Dr. Mahathir’s and Lim Kit Siang’s answers about being together in the media conference is telling. When asked would the former UMNO President accept if DAP wants to ascend the Prime Ministership, “We would have a General Election. We want a free and clean election. We cannot people stop people from voting DAP”.

That is very intriguing by many counts. Is Tun Dr. Mahathir suggesting that the elections all the while is not “Clean and free”? What is more intriguing is that for a former UMNO President (twice; the UMNO which was deregistered on 4 Feb 1988 and UMNO Baru) to outright say that “No problem for DAP to rule the country” is politically outrageous!

The Malaysian Digest story:

“No Problem For DAP To Rule The Country, As Long As It’s Not Najib” – Tun M

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KUALA LUMPUR: For a desperate man like former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, it no longer matters which political party takes over the country in the future as long as he can remove Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak from office.

Speaking to the media at the Universiti Malaya Alumni Association Club at the press conference held after he signed the 36-point Citizens’ Declaration, the longest serving ex-premier admitted that he is willing to allow his one time arch nemesis, DAP, to replace the incumbent ruling party Barisan Nasional (BN).

“We want a clean election. It is the voters’ right to vote for the Opposition. I can’t stop any party from competing [in the election],” the 91-year-old said.

Asked if he would join the campaign to express his support towards jailed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, he remarked, “I’m not campaigning with or for UMNO, I am campaigning for the citizens of this country to remove Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.”

The principles which Tun M holds now are in stark contrast for what he stood for when he helmed the country between 1981 and 2003, which sees him now in desperate partnership with DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang in a bid to unseat UMNO and BN.


Surely they are not that gullible to take Malaysians for granted if not being stupid that they cannot solve a problem by introducing another problem.

Would Tun Dr. Mahathir agree if Anwar Ibrahim, a Deputy he sacked on 2 September 1998 for “Sodomising his wife’s driver Azizan Abu Bakar, Sukma Saasmithatmadja, Mior, Dr Munawar Anas and Hairani Mohd. Nafis” to be the next Malaysian Prime Minister?

That would take time. First of all, Tun Dr. Mahathir and his Motley Crue need to present themselves to the Council of Rulers and get HRHs consent to pardon Anwar. That would obviously take time.

Otherwise, who are the alternatives? Lim Kit Siang? Or Lim Guan Eng? Would the Fifth UMNO President, who have been describing Lims as “Racists and extremists”, accept any of these Chinese Chauvinists as the next Prime Minister?

How about Azmin Ali? Would PKR President who herself has been aspiring to the Prime Minister even agree for the Deputy President to ‘steal’ her opportunity?

What is very interesting is what is Lim Kit Siang’s and DAP’s expectation for throwing support behind Tun Dr. Mahathir. Could it be that their KPI for the Ultra-Malay is to deliver Malay votes to DAP.

That would be most treacherous! Not for UMNO but the Malay race.

The permutation is very complex. As we learned during MBA in a course of System Thinking, Prof. Robert Flood of Hull taught “One cannot solve a complex problem with a simplistic solution. It would never work!”.

Tun Dr. Mahathir just took Malaysians for another self-serving complex political ride!

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