Malaysian government shrugs off joint declaration against PM

Kuala Lumpur, March 4 (IANS) The Malaysian government on Friday shrugged off a joint declaration call for the removal of Prime Minister Najib Razak, calling it an opportunistic and desperate move by former prime minister Mahathir Mohamed and opposition leaders.

Mahathir, longest-serving prime minister of Malaysia, joined hands with opposition leaders, activists and some ruling party veterans in signing a declaration calling for the removal of Najib “through non-violent and legally permissible means”, Xinhua reported.

In a responding statement, a Malaysian government spokesperson said: “Mahathir and his former enemies have demonstrated the depth of their political opportunism and desperation.”

The spokesperson said the only lawful and democratic mechanism to change the government and the prime minister was general election, which is not due till 2018.

“If Mahathir wants to change the government, he must follow democratic process and await the next election, in line with Malaysia’s laws and the federal constitution,” the spokesperson added.

Mahathir has openly called for Najib to step down over the allegations that large amounts of fund had entered the prime minister’s personal accounts.

He quit the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in protest earlier this week.

Najib has denied any wrongdoing. Malaysia’s attorney general has cleared his name by announcing that the fund was a donation from the Middle East and no criminal offences were found committed by the prime minister in the issue.

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  1. Larry
    March 4, 2016 at 7:08 pm Reply

    Perhaps the Attorney General has received a sum from the PM???? Such a corrupted, greedy and selfish leader! Nothing about the decisions that he makes is about the people! YOU DO NOT DESERVE being a PM! Stop showing the pics of you going to Makkah to make yourself look good! God can see all that you are actually doing!

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