Dr.Mahathir, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia who resigned few days ago from the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) party, hand in hand with the ex- deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin who has been sacked from the ministry cabinet and also suspended from UMNO recently, have joined the opposition party in signing a so-called `Citizens’ declaration` that emphasizes on removing the prime minister Najib from office over several allegations related to RM2,6 billion and 1MDB scandals.
On February 29, 2016, Dr Mahathir resigned from Umno, saying the party that he once led now struggles only to protect its president Najib. He also alleged that Najib was responsible for the current deteriorating political and economic situation in the country, and that the leading Malay ruling party ( UMNO) was no longer what it used to be. “The focus ( of UMNO now) is how to keep Najib as prime minister…Umno no longer is performing the task it set for itself way back in 1946,” he said.
On the same quitting day, the communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, who is one of the biggest loyalists and supporters of Najib, commented that Dr.Mahathir did right when he quitted Umno. “If Dr Mahathir wants to continue to attack Umno then he should do so from outside Umno. That would be the noble and ethical thing to do, ” Salleh said.
However, UMNO leaders and ministers might NOT have expected Dr. Mahathir and Muhyiddin Yassin to join their biggest rivals and threat – the opposition party- after having left UMNO. Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been seen these last few days leading a though movement against the prime minister, and meeting a number of politicians and activists from the opposition party in attempt to pressure Mr Najib Razak to step down, source says.
Dr Mahathir, who was prime minister and Umno president for 22 years until his retirement in 2003, has been a severe critic against Najib over 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal and the RM2.6 billion, since last year after The Wall Street Journal’s having allegedly reported last July that around RM2.6 billion was channeled into the Prime Minister personal account in 2013 from SRC International or 1MDB public funds, which nobody knew before.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who was sacked from his post as a deputy prime minister and suspended recently from UMNO , has been also a severe critic against Najib – he recently pledged to continue championing institutional reforms and upholding the truth surrounding the corruption allegations. Immediately after having been suspended from UMNO, he claimed that he has evidence from the former Antony General that confirms Najib`s implication in corruption. On February 27, 2016, aspiring for a political reform, Muhyiddin said “He (the prime minister Najib) can commit any crime and escape punishment. This is unfair and is against the principle that all men are equal before the law.” Mr Muhyiddin Yassin said former attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail had shown him proof that the money put into Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts was from SRC International Sdn Bhd which is a criminal offence.
However, the prime minister Najib said that he has never used public funds, the RM2.6 billion was only a donation from a Saudi Arabia Prince, and that the spreading allegations are only a tactic and conspiracy to topple down a democratically elected government. However, Najib not yet said who is that Saudi Arabia Prince, which raises more questions and could not help clear him up.
The jailed opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, who is serving 5 years jail in prison for sodomy, applauded Dr. Mahathir and Muhyiddin Yassin`s courage and brave in joining the opposition and inking a citizen declaration to remove Najib and make systemic change. De facto PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim cast his support to oust Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and institute systemic reforms. From prison, he said, “I support the position of friends in civil society, political parties, and individuals, including Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Muhyiddin Yassin, and others to build up strength and common understanding together as articulated by the leader of the opposition recently. Dr. Mahathir once or few weeks ago said he might share one cell in prison with Anwar Ibrahim.
But now the rising questions are: Is Dr.Mahathir, who was once the biggest foe against the opposition party, now fully convinced that the opposition party was right, on the right path .? Or, does the opposition party are now taking advantage of Dr.Mahathir `s stance and campaign against the Prime minister Najib for their own political motivation which is taking over Putrajaya? And will Dr. Mahathir still support UMNO or get back to UMNO and oppose the opposition party if Najib resign, or will he be still in alliance with the opposition party?