The Citizens’Declaration: 1.27 million signatures–Still a long way to GO


May 16, 2016

The Citizens’Declaration: 1.27 million signatures–Still a long way to GO

by Scott Ng

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com

Some may say a million is an insignificant portion of the country’s population, which is about 30 million, but no one can deny that the number has a symbolic impact. It gives a kind of legitimacy to the claim that there is popular support for the cause behind the declaration, which is the removal of Prime Minister Najib Razak.–Scott Ng

The Citizens’ Declaration can be said to have finally lived up to its name, now that 1.27 million citizens across the the country have allegedly signed it. That represents a large enough voice for it to be taken seriously.

Some may say a million is an insignificant portion of the country’s population, which is about 30 million, but no one can deny that the number has a symbolic impact. It gives a kind of legitimacy to the claim that there is popular support for the cause behind the declaration, which is the removal of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The leader of the cause, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, has said that he was now seeking an audience with the Yang Dipertuan Agong to submit the signatures to him.

However, what comes next is the difficult part. As we have heard most reassuringly from our ministers over the past week, a million signatures or no, the King does not have the power to remove a prime minister arbitrarily. The mechanisms Mahathir put in place in 1993 to ensure royal interference would never be a factor in his administration are now coming back to haunt him.

The goal here is much simpler than to ask the King to dismiss the Prime Minister. It is to make him acknowledge that a significant number of his subjects are opposed to Najib’s rule.

As the champions of Islam and defenders of the people, the Sultans and the Yang Di Pertuan Agong will at least have to give consideration to the fact that a million of their subjects are protesting.

Although they are ostensibly apolitical, their word still carries weight among the rural folk. The King’s acceptance of the signatures may be enough to serve as a word of royal disapproval, which will speak volumes to those still hesitant to sign up for the cause.

Making a major figure of authority acknowledge the legitimacy of a cause may be more effective than going on road shows. It may not bring about Najib’s resignation, but if it makes him and his men uncomfortable, that would be as good a sign as any to Mahathir’s forces that they are headed down the right path.

My Friend Bernard Zorro Khoo– Fighting for the Future

Make no mistake about this; the Save Malaysia campaign has barely begun. More likely than not, we’ll be able to judge the result only after GE14. It will be a long, arduous trek to the goal, and the Najib administration will only be too happy to throw a wrench in the works whenever possible.

 

9 thoughts on “The Citizens’Declaration: 1.27 million signatures–Still a long way to GO

  1. Even if all the citizens sign the Citizen’s Declaration and then vote for those against it then the Declaration is of no value.

  2. Scott Ng does not know statistical math. 1.27m signature when the unnatural bias is against means statistically, EVERYONE believes Najib is guilty. Anyone who says otherwise is lying or mentally incompetent.

    It’s got nothing to do with the facts. It’s about how many people accept corruption and abuse of power. Fact is millions of Sarawakians basically said they do with excuse their needs are more important. Mahathir believes millions of UMNO members are also guilty, but we do not know without a party election.

    But the most serious guilt is Hadi’s PAS and all their holier than thou Ulamas. Under the wrap of hallucinating faith, they are full party to it. Someone really need to investigate Hadi Awang finances over the years especially his years in Terengganu. It cannot be such coincident.

    But what makes Hadi’s PAS terrifying is that their corruption and abuse of power is racist and hate that we know not will give birth to. Inside them are seeds for the likes of Osama, AL Qaeda, ISIS.

  3. When it comes to the general election, the situation changes and some of those who signed the declaration will themselves become turncoats and will vote for BN. If BN wins GE14, even a billion signatures will have no meaning at all. Malaysians are a very inconsistent lot!

  4. In a way it is ironic, poetic even, that Mahathir is now asking / beseeching, the Royalty to act like our national animal, the Tiger, when it was he who defang them in the first place?

    Perhaps there is actually such a thing as Karma?

  5. Going after YAA Tun will not even rewtire our past. A decade from now we will have to deal with our future brought on by the present.

  6. “It may not bring about Najib’s resignation, but if it makes him and his men uncomfortable, ..” Scottie, the Terrier.

    It will not, and it won’t make Jibros ‘uncomfortable’.- period!
    Wayne is right about the Law of Reciprocity, but it gives us no comfort either – as our economy tanks.

    That useless dep Finance Minister – chico Chua Jr has the temerity to claim RM 15 billion investment – without mentioning Foreign Direct or Domestic; Realized or Outstanding. Now that’s less than 1/5 the amount of the outstanding to 1MDB debts. What a Twit! Bluff oso dunno. What about the capital outflows? Lookee at the KLSE recently?

    Best leave inane statements to Tok Pa, who is directly in charge – but his MIDA’s figures lagi massaged and manipulated, if that is possible.. Every Time the stats dept comes up with a figure (say, 4.2 growth), you may safely deduct 0.5% from that. If Bank Negara says the inflation rate is 3.5% – you may add 0.5%.

    So in 2 years time, we are toast. In other words, prepare for an early GE-14, say mid next year – depending on the results of the upcoming Buy-Elections in Sg Besar and Kuala Kangsar.

    Just to irritate everyone, i think Kak Pidah should challenge for the latter seat as an independent?

  7. Such is the state of Bolehland, where even when 52 percent of the voters voted against the present ruling government, and yet they still reign supreme. Ordinary and concerned citizens can only ask a silly question……how now brown cow?

  8. UMNO Baru-BN kleptocrats ought to listen to the words of this man:

    Do they want to go down in history in infamy ??

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