Sunday, March 6, 2016

Call snap elections if you dare, PAS leader tells Putrajaya

PAS Youth chief Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz said Putrajaya should call an early general election, amid calls for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's removal from office. He said the Islamist party believed in bringing change through the ballot box and challenged the government to call for a snap election to determine whether Najib had the people's mandate. "The people today are in a state of confusion, but I believe the majority want a change in government. "But the democratic system in the country requires us to go to the polls. "If the government is brave, they will call for early elections because that is what the people want," he said. He also said the current situation was "confusing" as people wanted Najib removed but Putrajaya kept insisting that he had the people's mandate. "So we urge for early elections to be called so the people can decide," he said. Nik Abduh added that they did not want to oust the prime minister through undemocratic means. "But if he is willing to resign, that is okay with us. "And we don't want Umno, to us, Umno does not represent the people." Putrajaya last Friday responded to the Save Malaysia movement and Citizens' Declaration spearheaded by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad by saying the former prime minister should wait until the next general election to oust Najib. The government statement said Najib was given the mandate to lead the country at the 13th general election in 2013. The government said "the only mechanism that is lawful, democratic and fulfils the people's will" for a change of prime minister was the general election. Najib, however, became prime minister in 2009, succeeding Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who faced pressure from within Umno to quit after leading Barisan Nasional to dismal results in the 2008 general election. Some lawyers have pointed out this fact and said there was nothing wrong with calling for a change of prime minister before elections. – March 7, 2016.]]>

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