IN BLOW TO NAJIB, MAHATHIR WEARS BERSIH TEE-SHIRT, URGES MALAYSIANS TO ATTEND: ‘WE ARE NOW IN DISTRESS, NAJIB HAS BORROWED BILLIONS OF DEBT WHICH THE GOVT CANNOT REPAY’
Wearing a Bersih 5 T-shirt, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has appeared in what looks to be a promotional campaign video for electoral reform coalition Bersih.
In the 1-minute-37-second video message, Mahathir has made a last-minute call for all Malaysians to join this Saturday’s Bersih 5 rally.
“Malaysia is now in distress. (Prime minister) Najib (Abdul Razak)’s administration has caused the country to incur billions of ringgit in debt which cannot be paid by the government and state.
“That is why we must express our dissatisfaction with the government through participation in the rally by Bersih at Dataran Merdeka and any other location,” said Mahathir.
“I hope all Malaysians will join this rally by Bersih because they aim to find a way to heal our country, change the government, so that it would be no longer led by a person who has been accused of stealing so much money…,” he said.
“This is my hope and I hope all Malaysians will give their full support and participate in the Bersih rally,” said Mahathir in ending the video shared by Teja assemblyperson Chang Lih Kang on his Facebook.
Mahathir had only made brief appearances during the Bersih 4 rally in August last year and at the time, had yet to quit Umno, despite already being branded as one of Najib’s harshest critics.
At the time, the rally was organised to call for Najib’s removal over allegations surrounding 1MDB.
Over a year has passed since then and Mahathir is now chairperson of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, formed alongside former Umno No. 2 Muhyiddin Yassin, as well as others who were seen as Najib’s critics from within the party.
Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah has previously declared that the Bersih 5 rally would go on despite persistent threats from the Umno-linked red-shirts.