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Those for Citizens’ Declaration unsure of way forward

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KUALA LUMPUR – March 10, 2016: Several signatories of the recently established Citizens’ Declaration told The Mole that they did not know how the declaration will be used to facilitate the effort to oust Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The declaration which was spearheaded by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was joined by leaders of Pakatan Harapan (PH), several from Barisan Nasional (BN), and a group of activists.

The new movement last week formally called for the removal of Najib and for the country to have institutional reforms.

Senior blogger Datuk A. Kadir Jasin when contacted said he cannot exemplified what will be done with the signed document, but insisted that the movement is committed to save the country.

“I am just one of signatories of the declaration. As far as my understanding goes, it concerns about saving the country.

“Any Malaysian can sign the declaration or they can organise their own activities to support the declaration,” he added.

Kadir, who is a prominent critic of Najib said the declaration aims to achieve the removal of the PM from his post voluntarily, aside of to reform the entire political and administrative system of the country, as outlined in Paragraph 37 of the document.

He added that the declaration aims to achieve the stated goals within the existing law.

“We are not going to carry bricks, or stones, or sticks to chase the prime minister away. We are not going to do that. Whatever we are doing, we are urging the people to do it within the law,” he added.

Another signatory of the declaration, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) deputy president Salahudin Ayub told The Mole that a formal meeting has yet to be held among the first batch of 50 signatories on the future plan of the movement..

However, Salahudin commented that the team will probably held briefings and programs dedicated to update the signatories of the movement’s upcoming efforts.

“I believe there will be continuous campaign to give the ‘signal’ to the PM that he should be responsible for what had happened to the nation.

“Whereas for PH and Amanah, we do have our own agenda which we have been working on even before the establishment of the declaration.

“But the way I see it, the demands made through the declaration echoed our (PH’s) agenda, alongside the hopes and dreams of the people. We will try our very best to achieve it,” he added.

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah, who was among the first to sign the declaration said there is an online petition circulated among the public, which is the ‘Petitioning Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Razak to Quit’, aiming to secure 100,000 signatures.

She was however not sure what are the movement’s future plans.

“Those who initiate the decleration have yet to meet and discuss on the matter,” she said.

Maria nonetheless insisted that the declaration is hoped to be use as a catalyst to spark the people’s awareness of the country’s condition.

The Mole had also checked with political analyst Geo-strategist Dr Azmi Hassan of Perdana School and Geospatial Institute on how the declaration could possibly be utilised to oust the PM.

While he did not dismiss the likelihood that the document will be used to convince Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah to act against Najib, Azmi said despite the King having the authority to dissolve the parliament, he can only do so on the advice of the sitting PM.

“To argue that the declaration can convince the Agong to dissolve parliament is a very highly unlikely scenario.

“Unless it (declaration) will result in anarchy or a dysfunctional government, then only there is some possibility, he added.

The analyst commented that the removal of the PM can only be done internally, either through Umno or vote of no confidence by parliamentarians.

He added that the signatories had probably realised those facts and therefore remained tight-lipped over how the declaration could possibly be used to oust Najib.

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Amira Nutfah Zulkifli

Amira Nutfah Zulkifli

A budding journalist. Aside of struggling to understand Malaysian political scenario, she is inspired to study and fight for women's emancipation. Above the rest; she simply loves her nation.