Mahathir to campaign for Citizens’ Declaration

Shahbudin Husin

Immediately ahead is April 27, when Mahathir will deliver the keynote address at a People’s Congress at the Shah Alam Convention Centre. 

COMMENT The latest news is that former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has expressed willingness to go out to the states where many of the people support the Save Malaysia Citizens Declaration. If Mahathir goes out to the people, away from the Klang Valley Region, there will be even more people signing the Declaration.

Just as he made every effort, during his premiership, to help build up the nation, he will be equally dedicated in getting rid of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak from Putrajaya.

There’s no doubt that he’s doing this for the people and the country at an age when he should be resting. He is keeping in mind the national interest and the dignity of the people.

Immediately ahead is April 27, when Mahathir will deliver the keynote address at a People’s Congress at the Shah Alam Convention Centre. He will be joined by politicians including Opposition lawmakers, and supporters, and civil society representatives.

Besides taking to his blog on a regular basis. Mahathir keeps the media updated on efforts to expel Najib, has taken a keen interest in efforts by MPs to table a no confidence motion in Parliament against Najib, launched the Save Malaysia Citizens’ Declaration and, in the latest move, was dragging Najib to Court. Najib cannot just keep quiet in Court once he has to turn up there.

Mahathir, when he was Prime Minister for 22 years, succeeded in building the nation. He built, among others, KLCC, Putrajaya, KLIA, Cyberjaya, and Sepang Circuit, to raise the nation’s profile and image in the world.

The world had high regard for Malaysia during Mahathir’s premiership. During Mahathir’s time, wherever we went in the world, we heard nothing but praises for Malaysia.

Being praised became something normal.

However, all the greatness of Mahathir’s era has been destroyed by Najib because of his mega scandals, in particular the RM42 billion 1MDB Scandal, the RM2.6 billion political “donation” in Najib’s personal banking accounts and another RM42 million from SRC International. The controversies continue because Najib has not been able to give a full and satisfactory accounting on the mega scandals.

Instead, to hang on to power in the wake of the scandals, Najib has interfered with the functions of several key institutions including the police, the Attorney General’s Chambers, the Malaysian Ant–Corruption Commission (MACC) and Bank Negara. The bottomline is that the international media has seized on the story, with a lot of negative reporting, and at the same time, various countries abroad are investigating the involvement of their citizens in Najib’s scandals.

Even more worrisome were the questions that Malaysians face abroad in the wake of the various scandals in the country and where Najib’s name keeps coming up. “What’s happening to your country?” most foreigners are asking Malaysians abroad. The nation’s image has become so bad abroad that we can no longer walk proudly in public, holding our heads high.

Many walk with their heads down, afraid to look foreigners in the eye. They want to avoid cynical questions and smiles.

Indeed, many Malaysians abroad try to pass themselves off as Singaporeans and Bruneians. This is the result of the beating that the nation’s image has taken because of Najib’s actions and his scandals.

What’s happening is unprecedented.

Is it any wonder therefore that the former Prime Minister wants to help get rid of Najib as soon as possible? He wants to help restore the country’s international image and dignity.”

If Mahathir had been all about himself and his family, he would have kept quiet and supported ‘Cash is King’ Najib’.

Mahathir, in his estimation, sees the country and the people as far more important than anything personal. It’s only though Najib being brought down that the nation’s dignity can be restored and its previous image in the eyes of the world regained.

It’s only through Najib’s expulsion that the development and progress of the country, including the achievements of the past will have any meaning. We will then be able to hold our heads up high when we are in public abroad and look others in the eye.

Again, at his age which has passed 90, Mahathir should be taking it easy and not worry about the nation. Alas, it was not to be.

Still, Mahathir remains strong, and determined to get Najib out from Putrajaya.

 

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