Former Malaysia Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamad today (Nov 16) called for Malaysian citizens to join in the upcoming mass protest, Bersih 5.0, against the incumbent government.
The 91-year-old elderly was Malaysia’s longest-serving Prime Minister and he is still currently in a pink of health and actively calling for the resignation of current Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is tainted with corruption scandals involving state funds.
Current PM Najib Razak is looking forward to an early General Election in 2017, but he still faces mounting political challenges even after eliminating his critics using the country’s draconian sedition laws and defamation lawsuits.
According to a video post by Mahatir Mohamad, the country is “facing a state of panic” and he is calling Malaysians to join in the Bersih 5.0 protest.
“I hope all Malaysians will join this demonstration by Bersih which is aimed at finding a way to fix this country.”
Anti-Bersih protestors, known as the Red Shirts, are also ready to clash with the protestors and such violent clashes have cost lives in the past.
According to court documents filed in the United States courts in July 2016, more than S$700 million were misappropriated from the country’s state fund 1MDB and funneled into Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal bank account.
Despite having solid evidence presented, the Malaysian PM denied all wrongdoings and even claimed that the money came from a rich Saudi family as a “gift” for his anti-ISIS work.
PM Najib Razak has recently passed a new law, called the National Security Council Act, with his single-ruling party majority like Singapore’s ruling party PAP. The new law enables the Malaysian PM to declare martial law and bring the country into a dictatorship in the name of “handling security threat”.