What if Malaysians want Najib to stay? Minister asks Dr M

This morning, Mahathir told Malaysians that they could remove policies or agencies that were not to their liking by voting out the government in power. — Reuters picThis morning, Mahathir told Malaysians that they could remove policies or agencies that were not to their liking by voting out the government in power. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 — Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak today asked Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad if the latter will abide by the choice of Malaysians if they decide to retain Datuk Seri Najib Razak as prime minister.

Seizing on the former prime minister’s remarks that Malaysians have the ability to dictate changes in Putrajaya according to their desires, the multimedia and communications minister then asked if such a choice would mean a cessation of Dr Mahathir’s demand for Najib’s resignation.

“Since Dr Mahathir wants to allow Malaysians to decide their own future, what if Malaysians decide they still want Najib Tun Razak as the Prime Minister? Is Dr Mahathir prepared to agree to this?

But Salleh appeared to answer his question to the country’s longest-serving prime minister, suggesting that Dr Mahathir’s remark that Malaysians could decide the direction of Putrajaya was disingenuous.

“While he is prepared to allow Malaysians to decide what system they want, Dr Mahathir wants to dictate who should be Prime Minister and will not allow Malaysians to make that decision,” Salleh wrote in a blog post today.

The Sabah minister also noted that Dr Mahathir is again pushing for a council of “elders” to advise the prime minister, which the latter had mooted when he had campaigned for the removal of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Salleh pointed out that there are no provisions for such a system either in the Federal Constitution of the Westminster system.

This morning, Dr Mahathir told Malaysians that they could remove policies or agencies that were not to their liking by voting out the government in power.

The former prime minister said Malaysia being a democratic nation means that the public has a say when it comes to government agencies.

He then repeated his insistence that Najib must be removed as prime minister, and added that it would then be up to Malaysians to decide how to make changes to the government.

Dr Mahathir also said that the public could apply pressure on Putrajaya if they are dissatisfied with “people who fiddle around with elections” by removing a certain individual from the government.

Dr Mahathir is among the most vocal Barisan Nasional (BN) critics of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and has demanded that Najib take responsibility for his brainchild, which is under investigation in the US, UK,  Hong Kong, Switzerland and Singapore. – Malay Mail Online

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