MAHATHIR & Co: "THE CITIZENS DECLARATION"
Four days after quitting UMNO, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad sat with his old political allies and foes at a packed press conference last Friday to get the people's support to sign a declaration seeking Najib's removal.
|The Citizens' Declaration|
Anyway, among those present were Selangor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, DAP parliamentary chief Lim Kit Siang, former deputy minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former MCA president, Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik.
58 individuals called "The Citizens Declaration" that day. The former and longest Malaysia's prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir said Najib's removal from office must be through "non-violent legally permissible means."
Asked if his collaboration with the Opposition would lead him to join Pakatan Harapan, Dr Mahathir said it was not the case."We are all here today as concerned Malaysians.
There's a difference between the citizens' agenda and party agenda. The media must understand that," he said when asked if he was now endorsing the Opposition's goals.
Muhyiddin said he was not afraid that the party would take further action against him following his decision to sign the declaration."Even if I'm still an Umno member, I'm firstly a citizen of Malaysia and have the right to speak," he said.
Azmin, who is the Selangor Mentri Besar, said the citizens' movement was consistent with PKR's stand all along.
"Anwar (Ibrahim) made a strong stand from prison yesterday to support this position (taken by Dr Mahathir). We are all concerned citizens who are here to support the initiative," he said.
Putrajaya responded by saying Dr Mahathir should follow the democratic process and wait for the next general election if he wants a change of government.
Well, Mahathir has made his move. Let's see what's up next for Najib & Co. Things about to get interesting.
(Sourses: AsiaOne news report)
PAC: Final 1MDB report under OSA to "protect credibility"
|1MDB report under "OSA" to "PROTECT CREDIBILITY|
PAC member Tony Pua, who spoke to reporters who were barred from covering the PAC meeting held in Parliament yesterday, said the report had been classified as an official secret by the National Security Council (NSC).
He was asked if the classification of the report was made by the PAC or the Attorney-General's Chamber.
Pua said the A-G had submitted the report to the NSC which did the classification. The report was handed back to the PAC which met at Parliament yesterday.
Pua said the meeting went smoothly and would continue on Monday.
"However, since it is classified under the OSA, we will not be able to take it back with us," he said.
PAC vice-chief Dr Tan Seng Giaw said any government organisation could apply for OSA classification, but did not elaborate.
PAC chairman Hasan Arifin said the PAC accepted and appreciated the action of the A-G's Department to classify the final report under the OSA.
"The Auditor-General has the legal power to do so in order to uphold the credibility and integrity of the department," he said.