Thursday, March 3, 2016

Anwar ‘magnanimous’ in supporting Dr Mahathir against Najib, says PAS lawmaker

A PAS lawmaker today praised Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for his willingness to support his arch political foe, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in efforts to remove Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.  Pokok Sena MP Datuk Mahfuz Omar (pic, right) said Anwar's statement yesterday supporting Dr Mahathir's campaign to oust Najib showed his "magnanimity" towards a leader who had tried to kill off his political career by sacking him as deputy prime minister and jailing him on charges that Mahfuz called a "political conspiracy". "Anwar's willingness is a symbol of unity with the people and friends, for the sake of our beloved country and people who are in need of change, improvement for a peaceful and prosperous life. "His sacrifice should be welcomed by Malaysians with trust and responsibility in urging Najib to step down as prime minister and move for institutional reforms to uphold justice for all," the PAS MP said in a statement today. Dr Mahathir sacked Anwar as his deputy in 1998 and subsequently framed sodomy and corruption charges against him. Anwar, who has been undergoing his second round of imprisonment since February last year for fresh sodomy charges, yesterday said he supported the position of friends in civil society, political parties and individuals, including Dr Mahathir, to push for Najib's resignation. "This understanding will focus on the demand for Datuk Seri Najib to resign as prime minister as he has clearly failed to lead this nation. "He is responsible for continuing to engage in selfish political acts, wreaking havoc upon administrative institutions, and burdening the rakyat with continued economic crisis," the former opposition leader had said. In the statement released by his party PKR, Anwar also said the change in leadership must be followed by institutional reforms which he said had been "badly damaged" under Najib's administration. Dr Mahathir is to lead some 40 leaders in signing a declaration to remove Najib at a press conference this afternoon. Opposition pact Pakatan Harapan has said it will not be part of today's event and any of its leaders attending would do so in their own capacity. Mahfuz's party, PAS, has also said it will not support Dr Mahathir's movement to remove Najib from office. – March 4, 2016.]]>

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