Friday, March 4, 2016

Sarawak PKR tells Adenan to cut ties with Najib, time for change

Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian has asked Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem how long he would support a prime minister "whose days are numbered". "The question for the chief minister is whether he will continue to declare his admiration and support for this man, who has behaved without honour or honesty since assuming office," Baru said as he threw in his support for the Citizens' Declaration for the removal of Datuk Seri Najib Razak signed in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. "Being a learned and well-read man, the chief minister must be aware that a man is known by the company he keeps. "The chief minister should realise that Najib's days are numbered." The Citizens' Declaration was led by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and signed by 58 individuals, including certain Umno, opposition and civil society figures. It called for the Najib's removal from office and some reforms to institutions, such as moves to restore integrity to "undermined institutions", such as the police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Bank Negara and the Public Accounts Committee.  The Ba Kelalan assemblyman said Adenan "should detach himself from Najib and hold him at arm's length instead of continuing to embrace him so affectionately each time he comes (to Sarawak)". Baru said if Adenan fails to do that, "we (will) ask Sarawakians to do so when they cast their votes in the (next) elections". "The time for change has come." Baru said he also agreed that removing a corruption-tainted prime minister and his cohorts was not enough. Yesterday's declaration, he said, should be supported by everyone as it was not merely a call to remove Najib but also demanded institutional changes "to correct mistakes that were made in the past by the previous administrations". "Najib Razak is a product and a part of the system." Baru said it was necessary to overhaul the whole system so that no other Najib Razaks could be allowed to emerge from any political party. "Today is a positive step in the fight to restore the dignity of this country and to save it from ruination by the government led by Najib Razak. "I wholly support the demands made in the declaration, including the demands for the repeal of laws which violated the Federal Constitution, and the restoration of the integrity of public institutions, such as the police, MACC, Bank Negara and PAC." Baru said he was also heartened that the signatories to the agreement came from such varied backgrounds and groups. "As said by Dr Mahathir (Mohamad who cobbled the group), it is a grouping of citizens who want to save this country and not a coalition of any political parties.  "Some people may accuse Dr Mahathir of thirsting for revenge because of the removal of his son, (Datuk Seri Mukhriz), as the menteri besar of Kedah, but in my view, we owe it to ourselves and the country to give this movement a chance to develop into the reality of what we all dream for Malaysia. "Even (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim, who sits in jail because of the past machinations of Dr Mahathir, put the interests of the country and its people above his personal feelings and gave his support to Dr Mahathir's initiative."  Baru said the event yesterday was a reflection of the rakyat's disgust with the prime minister and his administration, and their determination to fight for a better tomorrow without them.  "I am confident that we are on the right path in supporting this declaration, and I am hopeful that developments hereon will lead to the removal by legal means of Najib Razak, who has brought this country international humiliation and ridicule." – March 5, 2016.]]>

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