KUALA LUMPUR – March 17, 2016: Malaysians were implored to think “long and hard” before deciding to support the movement to unlawfully topple Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Such was the advice of Former Elected Representative Council (Mubarak) president Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman, who stressed that an undemocratic Najib ouster would do more harm than good for the country.
He was referring to the ‘Citizens’ Declaration’, an anti-establishment movement led by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, that had been aiming to oust Najib through the use of petition and signatories.
Aziz said the country would eventually suffer the same chaotic fate as several Middle-Eastern countries whose leaders were unlawfully removed during the upraisings known as “Arab Spring”.
“It is without a doubt that the nation-wide roadshow (against Najib) is their way to instigate the people to rise against the ruling government and that is the exact same thing that had happened during the Arab Spring.
“But the aftermath of the movement (Arab Spring) has left their (Middle Eastern) countries with nothing but never-ending chaos,” he said after the signing ceremony of a joint declaration by about forty establishment-friendly non-governmental organisations which like Muabarak, also oppose the Citizens’ Declaration.
Aziz stressed that it was sad to see that Dr Mahathir who believed in the concept of democracy has resorted to use an undemocratic and unconstitutional approach in his attempt to remove a sitting prime minister.
“What they are doing is not a citizens’ declaration. It is a declaration of the disgruntled ones,” he said.
“A true citizens’ declaration is made during a general election and the people have in fact, made one when BN (Barisan Nasional) won the previous general election,” added Aziz.
To a question whether Dr Mahathir was still Mubarak’s patron given his opposition against the Najib’s administration, Aziz replied with an impression that the former prime minister was no longer to be so.
“Mubarak’s formation was to support the BN government. Now that Dr Mahathir had bared his fangs at Najib….we therefore thanks him for all that he had done for us (Mubarak),” he said.