Mahathir: I failed to convince Agong on Citizens’ Declaration

Source: FMT News

Former prime minister says people's movement would appeal again to the King and all the Rulers as the signatories to the Citizens' Declaration are their subjects. Pic taken from FMT News

Former prime minister says people’s movement would appeal again to the King and all the Rulers as the signatories to the Citizens’ Declaration are their subjects. Pic taken from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today admitted that he had failed to convince the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, on the Citizens’ Declaration during an audience with the King recently.

Speaking at a press conference, his first following the meeting at the Istana Anak Bukit in Kedah last month, Mahathir said he spoke to the King on the demands made by the Citizens’ Declaration, which carried more than 1.4 million signatures.

“Unfortunately, we could not get a positive answer,” he said about the meeting, which lasted an hour and 10 minutes. Read more

Agong’s role to safeguard nation, says Aziz Bari

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Constitutional law expert says Prime Minister's Office cannot speak on Agong's behalf over the meeting with Dr Mahathir on Citizens' Declaration. Pic taken from FMT News

Constitutional law expert says Prime Minister’s Office cannot speak on Agong’s behalf over the meeting with Dr Mahathir on Citizens’ Declaration. Pic taken from FMT News

SHAH ALAM: The Yang diPertuan Agong should rise above the politics of the country and play his role to safeguard the interest of the nation, said constitutional law expert Abdul Aziz Bari.

Referring to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on the matter of Dr Mahathir Mohamad presenting the Citizens’ Declaration with 1.4 million signatures to the Agong on Sept 15, Aziz said there was a definite conflict of interest.

“As the father of the nation, the Agong should not be dragged into this. Ideally, the Agong should rise above politics and play his role, because I think the nation is in a chaotic situation.

“What is the attitude, or the stance of the Agong in particular, and the Conference of Rulers as a whole, as this is a matter involving the prime minister?

“So I don’t think he (Prime Minister Najib Razak) is the right person to speak on the Agong’s behalf,” Aziz said at a forum on The Federal Constitution and the Powers of the Royal Institution here last night. Read more

Mahathir hands over Citizens’ Declaration to King

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Former prime minister has audience lasting more than an hour with the Agong at the Istana Anak Bukit in Kedah. Pic taken from FMT News.

Former prime minister has audience lasting more than an hour with the Agong at the Istana Anak Bukit in Kedah. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah to hand over the Citizens’ Declaration, bearing 1.4 million signatures.

Former Umno member Khairuddin Abu Hassan told FMT that he accompanied Mahathir to Istana Anak Bukit in Alor Setar, Kedah, for the “historical” meeting yesterday.

“They (Mahathir and the King) met about 4.30pm and the discussion went on for about an hour 15 minutes.

“It was just between the two of them. So whatever was discussed inside, I will let Tun Mahathir reveal it,” Khairuddin said. Read more

Bahasa Deklarasi Rakyat berkembang jadi ‘Selamatkan Malaysia’, sasar 1 juta nama

Sumber: The Malaysian Outsider

Former Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir Mohamad speaks during press conference at Damansara on March 04, 2016. The Malaysian Insider/Afif Abd Halim.

Kumpulan yang menandatangani Deklarasi Rakyat desak pengunduran perdana menteri kini menubuhkan Gerakan Selamatkan Malaysia pimpinan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 10 Mac, 2016.

Kumpulan yang menandatangani Deklarasi Rakyat pada Jumaat lalu mendesak Datuk Seri Najib Razak berundur mencapai kata sepakat malam tadi untuk menubuhkan satu badan yang dinamakan Gerakan Selamatkan Malaysia pimpinan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Salah seorang sumber yang menghadiri mesyuarat itu berkata, pergerakan itu kini menyasarkan sejuta orang untuk menandatangani akuan menuntut peletakan jawatan Najib.

Sumber yang menghadiri mesyuarat malam tadi memberitahu The Malaysian Insider, pergerakan itu juga akan membuka pejabat di peringkat negeri. Read more

Cracks show in civil society as activists differ over Dr M’s ‘Citizens’ Declaration’

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On Friday, old enemies in politics and human rights activists banded with Tun Dr Mahathir (pic) to push for Datuk Seri Najib Razak to be replaced. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

On Friday, old enemies in politics and human rights activists banded with Tun Dr Mahathir (pic) to push for Datuk Seri Najib Razak to be replaced. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 ― Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s “Citizens’ Declaration” may have made strange bedfellows of old political enemies from Barisan Nasional (BN) and the opposition but civil society does not appear entirely united in their support for the initiative.

The rights groups and activists who signed the declaration have said they were willing to put aside old hostilities to align themselves with Dr Mahathir for the sake of removing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak from office.

Some activists, however, have rejected the declaration and sounded warning bells over the consequences of pairing up with a leader they hold responsible for the very system of governance they want changed. Read more

Analysts: PM should be worried over declaration

Source: FMT News

Political scientist Andrew Aeria says Najib’s supporters might want to rethink their positions due to the broad-based movement against the Prime Minister

Citizen's Declaration, 4 March 2016 - Pic taken from The Star Online

Citizen’s Declaration, 4 March 2016 – Pic taken from The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Najib Razak should be worried that his political opponents have now banded together to sign the Citizens’ Declaration, say political observers.

Political scientist Dr Andrew Aeria said the signing of the declaration by 58 politicians from across the political divide and leaders of civil society groups was a very significant statement against Najib.

“People across the political spectrum and former foes have come together and put aside their differences and former conflicts because they realise the threat facing the country is extremely serious,” said the Associate Professor at Universiti Sarawak Malaysia’s Department of Politics and International Relations.

“Najib should be worried because the international community has been watching the situation for a very long time.
“They can now see that his political rivals and civil society leaders have come together to remove him at a time when the economy is diving and people are suffering.”

He also said Najib’s supporters and backers might now want to rethink their positions in view of the broad-based movement against him. Read more

Bersih 2.0’s Chin hails ‘Mahathir’ Declaration

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The head of the NGO for clean, free and fair elections signed the Declaration in her personal capacity.

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR: Bersih 2.0, the NGO for clean, free and fair elections, has reiterated the need for free and fair elections as well as institutional reforms.

“It’s presently the most important agenda and cannot be compromised,” said Bersih 2.0 Steering Committee Chairman Maria Chin Abdullah in a statement.

“Beyond the Declaration, initiated by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, there must be strong political will and efforts to implement reforms in the interest of all Malaysians.”

Before signing the Declaration, disclosed Chin, she consulted with the Bersih 2.0 Steering Committee and received their support to sign the Declaration in her personal capacity. “This does not equate to a representation of Bersih 2.0 or the endorsing NGOs.”

“We believe that more time was needed to consult and discuss with our NGO peers and partners. The invitation to sign the Declaration was received three days ago.”

Chin, nevertheless, hastened to add that she was glad to be part of Mahathir’s Declaration that was presented on Friday.

“Again, this was done in my personal capacity as an activist and concerned citizen of Malaysia because the invitation was on the basis of individuals.” Read more

Mahathir, Opposition sign declaration calling for repeal of laws

Source: The Star Online

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (right) speaks during an event to announce a citizens’ movement against the government, in Kuala Lumpur on March 4, 2016. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng, pic taken from MMO

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (right) speaks during an event to announce a citizens’ movement against the government, in Kuala Lumpur on March 4, 2016. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng, pic taken from MMO

PETALING JAYA:  Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the opposition have signed a declaration calling for the repeal of all recent laws and agreements that violate fundamental rights as guaranteed under the Federal Constitution.

“We support a restoration of the integrity of the institutions that have been undermined such as the police, the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission, Bank Negara and the Public Accounts Committee,” said the 50 signatories of the declaration, which includes Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

The 50 are also calling for the removal of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak through non-violent and legally permissible means.

“We are seeking the removal of all who have aided and abetted his wrongdoings,” said the signatories of the declaration.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, former prime minister Dr Mahathir said those who signed the declaration have shown “commitment”.

“These people have shown commitment. And this is in the form of a declaration seeking the removal of Najib and the necessity to implement reforms once he’s no longer prime minister,” said Dr Mahathir. Read more