Mahathir hands over ‘The Citizens’ Declaration’ to The Agong: 1.3 million signatures.

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22 September 2016

‘Citizens’ Declaration unconstitutional, King can’t help Dr M’

PETALING JAYA: The Agong is not able to assist Dr Mahathir Mohamad despite the 1.4 million signatures the latter collected through the Citizens’ Declaration.

This, according to Prime Minister Najib Razak, was because the Declaration is unconstitutional.

“I have been informed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah that he had accepted the audience of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Chairman, Mahathir, at Istana Bukit Malut in Langkawi last week.

“In the meeting, he took note of the matters raised by Mahathir.

“However, he also explained to Mahathir that he cannot interfere in the efforts carried out by PPBM,” said Najib in a statement this evening.

He claimed that the King said any action should go through the proper channels, which are the Parliament and the general election to allow the people to decide.

“However, he also explained to Mahathir that he cannot interfere in the efforts carried out by PPBM,” said Najib in a statement this evening.

He claimed that the King said any action should go through the proper channels, which are the Parliament and the general election to allow the people to decide.

‘Citizens’ Declaration unconstitutional, King can’t help Dr M’

16 September 2016

Mahathir hands over Citizens’ Declaration to Agong


Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad met with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah yesterday to hand over the Citizens’ Declaration.

A source told Malaysiakini that the meeting took place at the Istana Anak Bukit in Kedah yesterday evening.

The source said Mahathir had brought with him the Citizens’ Declaration, as well as photos of the 1.3 million documents that the Save Malaysia group claimed were signed by the public.


Citizen’s Declaration aims to hit 1m signatures in two weeks

The movement to ‘Save Malaysia’ has managed to collect approximately 500,000 signatures for its Citizen’s Declaration petition and they are confident of hitting their target in two weeks.

The petition is to be submitted to the conference of rulers to seek the ouster of Prime Minister Najib Razak when it meets its targetted one million signatures.

Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah said some 230,000 citizens have signed the online petition, while another 270,000 signatures were gathered during roadshows, ceramah and walkabouts at pasar malams (night markets).

While they have met only 50 percent of their target, she is confident that they will get the other half a million soon.

“We are expecting to achieve our target in two weeks’ time, more will sign during the coming May 1 rally organised by the Malaysian Trades Union Congress in Kuala Lumpur,” Maria said at the Save Malaysia forum in Penang last night.

“Umno too, is working hard on the ground to collect the signatures, and we invite everyone to come on board with us as the country is facing a crisis.

11 March 2016

Petition update

Working with Mahathir: The right thing to do? - Yu Ren Chung
Hi everyone! It has been a week since 45 individuals representing political, civil society and intellectual circles came together to sign the Citizens’ Declaration calling for…

Petition update

38 000 people speak out for reform and change!

Azrul Mohd Khalib

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

11 Mar 2016 — Hi everyone!

It has been a week since 45 individuals representing political, civil society and intellectual circles came together to sign the Citizens’ Declaration calling for change and reform for Malaysia. This has now become the #SaveMalaysia movement and the momentum has only just started to build.

There have been many doubts, controversies and worries expressed regarding this initiative. Because of our history, there is much reason to be cynical and skeptical. People have a right to be.

What we need to encourage is for the Malaysian people to be aware that we have a choice. Change can only happen if we are willing to work for it. Change is never easy.

Everyone has a right to sign or not sign this petition in support of the Citizens’ Declaration and the #SaveMalaysia movement.

Read Ren Chung’s article (linked here) on whether working with Mahathir is the right thing to do, and allow our acquaintances, friends and family to decide whether this is something they can support.

It is that freedom of choice that we fight to preserve.

This is our country. Let’s speak out!

7 March 2016

Bersih to organise town hall meets on Citizens’ Declaration

Alyaa Alhadjri

Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah today announced plans to organise nationwide town hall meetings and gather public views on its ongoing institutional reform agenda.

In a Facebook post, Maria said it is important for the people to be involved in the process to democratise the Citizens’ Declaration which was signed last Friday.

“It is not about (Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad), opposition or me, it’s about the way forward for our nation.

“Let us also not put all our eggs into the political parties’ basket but in peoples’ power. After all, we made Bersih 4 happen and it’s about our institutional reform agenda,” she added.

Maria, along with other civil society leaders who signed the Citizens’ Declaration to oust Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, have been criticised for allegedly betraying the trust of their supporters by cooperating with the former premier.

Mahathir had drafted the original document but the final 37-paragraph declaration also incorporated input from civil society and Pakatan Harapan leaders.

“At Bersih 4, we (have) called for an interim government to bring in the reforms and then (to be) followed by fresh elections to democratically elect responsible representatives.

“Let’s continue with that call,” said Maria in urging the people to move forward towards seeking change.

7 March 2016


Citizens’ Declaration petition notches over 32k signatures

An online petition in support of the Citizens’ Declaration has garnered over 32,000 signatures two days after it was launched last Saturday.

Activist Azrul Mohd Khalib, who drew up the petition, said more and more Malaysians were in support of the declaration as evident by their signatures.

He said the petition entitled ‘Petitioning Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Razak To Quit’ aimed to secure 100,000 signatures.

Acknowledging how detractors claimed that those calling for change were merely a ‘minority’, Azrul questioned what would be the magic number, then, before the authorities responded to the calls for change and reform.

“We tell them to give us the number so that we can work hard to get those signatures.”

Arguing further that the petition was a form of democratic expression, Azrul called on MPs to sign the petition too.

“(MPs must also) speak out against the continued mismanagement of the country in Parliament on behalf of their constituents.

“We cannot, must not and will not stand silently by.”

Petitioning Prime Minister Dato’ Seri @NajibRazak

Quit! Undur!


English version

Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Seri Najib Razak,

We, the undersigned of this online petition, wish to express our support for the “Citizen’s Declaration” which was launched on 4 March 2016 and contains the signatures of 58 respected and distinguished politicians, civil society leaders and intellectuals.

The words of the Citizen’s Declaration have inspired us all and electrified the nation.  Make no mistake, the 58 individuals do not speak out or stand alone. We stand together with them in agreement on the points highlighted by the Declaration. And like everyone else who support these concerns, we too have a stake in building this country.

The Declaration by the 58 distinguished Malaysians brings into perspective the urgent need to address the current climate of uncertainty, public mistrust and fear which pervades Malaysia.

Our country is in a decline, and the quality of life of millions of ordinary Malaysians is deteriorating due to the worsening economic conditions that are felt by all. Confidence in our country, and its economic and political system, is at an all-time low due to the many scandals and controversies which continue to remain unanswered and unaccounted for.

Leadership matters. Leadership must be accountable, exemplary, and inspirational.

A leader must lead by example, be a person of common wisdom, be committed to serve the people and be driven by a sincere desire to govern well.  At the very least, we expect the Prime Minister to have the commitment to protect and defend the Federal Constitution, and uphold the well-being of all Malaysians.

The office of the Prime Minister should never be used or exploited for personal gain or profit, for utilisation of state resources to secure loyalty, or for the elevation of party or family above the public good.

Without this assurance, our democracy, which so many have fought for and died to protect, becomes hollow and meaningless.

Dato’ Seri,

Malaysians are angry, and they have every reason to be so.

More and more citizens have no trust in your integrity as a leader, and in your ability to lead and guide our country as a modern and progressive constitutional democracy.

We have very little reason to hold you in awe or respect. Promises are broken which, we now realise, were never intended to be kept. And worse your frequent silence on issues of our concern make us conclude that you believe that you owe no one an explanation.

The tenor of the government and your party is becoming more and more conservative, authoritarian, narrow-minded, and kleptocratic. The government is increasingly intolerant of Malaysians expressing themselves and has even stated that freedom of speech is a privilege rather than a constitutional right. It has actively sought out to isolate and silence critical voices, and used state patronage to neutralize and marginalize others. These are the makings of a totalitarian regime.

We cannot, must not and will not stand silently by.

Our country needs a Prime Minister who understands democracy. Understands that a functioning constitutional democracy requires checks and balances; that power should be exercised with wisdom and restraint, and never in an arbitrary manner. That having an Opposition is in fact the lifeblood of democracy.

Please spare Malaysia and us  more years under your leadership. Spare yourself any further embarrassment of ineffectual leadership and financial scandal. The writing is on the wall.

We repeat the call made by the 58 Malaysians through the Citizens’ Declaration for:

a)       The removal of Dato’ Seri Najib Razak as Prime Minister of Malaysia through non-violent and legally permissible means.

b)      The removal of all those who have acted in concert with him.

c)       A repeal of all recent laws and agreements which violate the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Federal Constitution and undermine policy choices.

d)      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 parliamentary Public Accounts Committee.

e)      We call upon all Malaysians, irrespective of race, religion, political affiliation, creed or parties, young and old to join us in saving Malaysia from the government headed by Dato’ Seri Najib, to pave the way for much-needed democratic and institutional reforms, and to restore the important principle of the separation of powers among the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary which will ensure the independence, credibility, professionalism and integrity of our national institutions.

We cannot afford to be silent. We must stand up and speak out. We ask that fellow Malaysians join us by adding their signatures to this petition in support of the Citizens’ Declaration.

This is our country. Let’s join our voices to build a better Malaysia.

Versi Bahasa Malaysia

Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Seri Najib Razak,

Kami, yang menandatangani petisyen ini, ingin menyatakan sokongan kami kepada Deklarasi Rakyat atau “Citizen’s Declaration” yang dilancarkan pada 4 Mac 2016 dan mengandungi tandatangan 58 orang ahli politik, pemimpin masyarakat sivil dan intelektual yang dihormati dan disegani.

Deklarasi Rakyat ini telah memberikan inspirasi dan memaut perhatian seluruh negara. Mereka yang menandatangani Deklarasi ini tidak bersuara atau berdiri bersendirian. Kami berdiri teguh bersama mereka. Sebagaimana rakyat lain yang mempunyai kekhuatiran terhadap isu yang sama, kami juga mempunyai kepentingan dalam membina negara ini.

Deklarasi ini menggariskan perlunya kita menangani situasi negara yang kini dilanda ketidakpastian, kesangsian dan ketakutan.

Situasi ekonomi negara kita kian merosot. Kualiti kehidupan berjuta rakyat marhaen Malaysia terjejas akibat keadaan ini. Kepercayaan kepada negara kita, kepada sistem ekonomi dan politik Malaysia, berada pada paras yang terendah akibat terlalu banyak skandal dan kontroversi yang masih tidak terjawab dan ditangani.

Kepimpinan sebuah negara perlu mementingkan tanggungjawab, teladan dan inspirasi.

Seorang pemimpin mesti memimpin dengan bijak, adil dan beriltizam untuk berkhidmat kepada rakyat. Beliau perlu didorongi oleh keinginan yang ikhlas untuk memerintah dengan baik. Sekurang-kurangnya, kami memerlukan seorang Perdana Menteri yang memegang kepada komitmen untuk melindungi dan mempertahankan Perlembagaan Persekutuan, dan memastikan kesejahteraan bagi semua rakyat Malaysia.

Jawatan Perdana Menteri tidak boleh digunakan atau dieksploitasi untuk keuntungan atau manfaat peribadi. Ia bukannya alat untuk menjamin kesetiaan menggunakan sumber negara, atau meletakkan kepentingan parti atau keluarga sendiri lebih tinggi daripada kepentingan awam.

Tanpa jaminan ini, demokrasi Malaysia, yang telah diperjuangkan dan telah dilindungi dengan titisan darah dan nayawa, menjadi kosong dan tidak bermakna.

Dato’ Seri,

Rakyat Malaysia kini marah, dan mempunyai sebab yang cukup untuk merasakan sedemikian.

Semakin ramai rakyat Malaysia hilang kepercayaan terhadap integriti Dato’ Seri sebagai pemimpin, dan keupayaan Dato’ Seri untuk memimpin dan membimbing negara kita sebagai sebuah demokrasi berperlembagaan yang moden dan progresif.

Oleh itu, kami semakin kurang mengagumi atau menghormati Dato’ Seri. Bukan sahaja disebabkan janji-janji yang tidak ditepati tetapi yang lebih memudaratkan adalah kebisuan Dato’ Seri dalam hal-hal dan isu-isu penting. Kesimpulan kami adalah Dato’ Seri mempercayai bahawa tidak perlunya ada penjelasan kepada rakyat.

Kerajaan dan parti politik Dato’ Seri semakin konservatif, autoritarian, berfikiran sempit, dan kleptokratik. Kerajaan semakin tidak toleran kepada suara rakyat Malaysia yang meluahkan isi hati dan pendapat mereka tentang hal negara. Malah kerajaan baru-baru ini menyatakan kebebasan bersuara adalah satu keistimewaan dan bukannya hak yang dilindungi dibawah Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Kerajaan Dato’ Seri telah berusaha untuk mengasingkan dan mendiamkan suara-suara kritikal, dan mengunakan instrumen kerajaan untuk meneutralkan dan memencilkan mereka yang bersuara. Ini adalah langkah-langkah ke arah rejim yang bersifat totalitarian.

Rakyat Malaysia tidak akan membisu dan menyepikan diri.

Negara kita memerlukan seorang Perdana Menteri yang memahami erti demokrasi. Memahami bahawa sebuah demokrasi berperlembagaan perlu mempunyai sekatan dan imbangan. Memahami bahawa kuasa perlu digunakan dengan bijak dan berpada, dan tidak boleh digunakan sewenang-wenangnya. Memahami perlunya ada pihak Pembangkang yang merupakan nadi kepada demokrasi yang berfungsi.

Sudah terlalu lama Malaysia dan rakyatnya dilanda rasa malu akibat skandal kewangan dan kepimipinan yang tidak berkesan di bawah kepimpinan Dato’ Seri. Cukuplah.

Kami mendokong saranan yang dibuat oleh 58 orang rakyat Malaysia menerusi Deklarasi Rakyat untuk:

  1. Penyingkiran Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia menerusi saluran yang aman dan mengikut undang-undang yang dibenarkan.
  2. Penyingkiran semua mereka yang bersekongkol dengannya
  3. Pemansuhan semua undang-undang dan perjanjian baru yang Jetas metanggar hak asasi yang termaktub di bawah Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan melemahkan polisi terpilih, dan
  4. Pemulihan integriti institusi yang telah dilemahkan, seperti polis, Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia, Bank Negara dan Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Wang Negara (PAC)

Kita tidak mampu untuk berdiam diri. Kita mesti berdiri dan bersuara.

Kami meminta rakyat Malaysia menyertai kami dengan menandatangani petisyen ini.

Inilah negara kita. Marilah kita bergabung suara untuk membina Malaysia yang lebih baik.

Letter to
Prime Minister Dato’ Seri @NajibRazak
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</a></div></div>”>Please quit as Prime Minister. The people of Malaysia have spoken.

Azrul Mohd Khalib started this petition with a single signature, and now has 26,829 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.



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