Saturday, August 29, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: Bersih rally organiser Maria Chin Abdullah has backed moves for a confidence vote against Najib Razak in Parliament, telling thousands at a protest rally in the city centre that “our objective is for Najib to ‘undur’ (resign)”.
Speaking to demonstrators gathered in the city centre Chin declared that Malaysians wanted a vote of no-confidence motion to be taken.
“Our objective is for Najib to ‘undur’,” she said. “We have a message to MPs and political parties and everyone in Parliament — we want a vote of no-confidence against Najib”. The crowd responded with cheers and shouts of “Setuju”.
She told protesters not to enter Dataran Merdeka, which has been closed off by Kuala Lumpur City Hall for Merdeka celebrations.
Protestors were urged to stay outside and “fight for clean elections”, one of the objectives of the Bersih coalition of civil society groups, which began as an electoral reform movement.
Other institutional reforms have been included in the group’s objectives and Bersih has planned a series of events over 36 hours in Kuala Lumpur beginning at 2pm today, with similar rallies being held in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.
Bersih’s call for a confidence motion is the latest in moves by opposition and a sprinkling of Barisan Nasional politicians against Najib, who has faced an assault of criticisms over the year for the affairs of the goverment investment arm 1Malaysia Developmet Bhd and a reported deposit of US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) in his private bank accounts.
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been at the forefront of a campaign for Najib to resign as prime minister and Umno president. He has backed opposition moves for a confidence motion to force Najib and the formation of a transition government until the next general election, which must be held by 2018.
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Other prominent opposition leaders, including Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and Seremban MP Anthony Loke have already arrived at the various meeting points. An estimated 30,000 people, many dressed in yellow, have begun flooding the city centre despite thinly-veiled threats of a state of emergency and Putrajaya’s declaration that the event is illegal. Bersih 2.0 posted on their Facebook page this morning that the road blocks are "only for Merdeka Day rehearsals" and to "stay calm". 3.13: "We don't want to topple the government but we want to topple corrupt politicians," says Bersih 2.0 chief Maria Chin Abdullah in Jalan Tun Perak, as the crowd get closer to Dataran Merdeka. 3.05: Some 4,000 at the Song Kheng Hai field in Kuching. 2.50: The early birds at the Song Kheng Hai ground in Kuching signing the petition for a free and fair election. 2.17: PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail arrives at Sogo with daughter Nurul Nuha Anwar. 1.43: Bersih hangs banners on barricades at Dataran Merdeka, thanking rally goers for not entering the square. poh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran joins crowd walking from Brickfields to Dataran Merdeka. 12.49: Crowd at Dataran Merdeka estimated around 400. 12.31: Yellow balloons with the words "Free Media" given to crowd at Sogo. rotesters hold placards with the words #BebasAnwar while repeatedly shouting "Bersih" and blowing vuvuzela. crowd who shout "Ini baru 1Malaysia". 11.44: Two guys spotted wearing T-shirts with 2.6 billion printed on it in Brickfields. - TMI
Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the party and BN should take advantage of new technology to woo Gen Y voters and ensure Umno's relevance.
According to the deputy prime minister, the present Y generation has no nostalgic feelings of the X generation's past contributions but is more concerned about what the latter has to offer them now.
"Public lectures are only effective in reaching 13 percent of the people, who would become the judge in determining the government.
The opposition reaches the other 87 percent through new technology such as social media.
"Hence why it is crucial to use new technology to expound the facts to Gen Y," he said while opening the Beruas Umno delegates meeting at Dewan Inderawati in there today.
Also present were Perak Umno Liaison chairman and Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir, and Beruas Umno division chief Abdul Manaf Hashim.
Ahmad Zahid also pointed out that the educational background, mindset and inclinations of the Y generation, "which are different than those of Gen X", must be given emphasis.
"It is not that we want to sideline the X generation but we cannot run away from giving in to what the Gen Y wants.
"In our time we had the greenboard and chalk but now it is all about the laptop and smartphone," he said, adding that UMNO and the BN had to set aside the conventional approach in communicating with Gen Y.
He also reminded UMNO leaders not to merely be "seasonal leaders", but to be constantly in touch with the grassroots.
"We will not be sitting at the top if not for the support of those below. There must be close rapport between the politicians and government, Gen X and Gen Y and the leaders and grassroots," he said.
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Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said he had no problem with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, although there were talks that some people wanted him to hold the country's 'number one' post.
Tengku Razaleigh, who is also Gua Musang Umno division head, said he had cordial relations with the prime minister and that he frequently held meetings with Najib.
"I had met the prime minister last Sunday. There is no end to the rumour," he told reporters after officiating the delegates meeting of the Gua Musang Umno division at Dewan Bukit Chekati, today.
Also present was Gua Musang Umno division deputy head Nozula Mat Diah.
Tengku Razaleigh (photo), or better known as Ku Li, also reiterated his stand that he would not be contesting in the 14th general elections and that the current term would be his last as the Gua Musang MP.
"I am not retiring (from politics) but I don't want to contest (as the MP for Gua Musang). I have already informed Najib. I feel this is my last term and I hope they all understand," he said.