The Amanah man responds to the PAS President's claim that the Citizens' Declaration is not democratic.
PETALING JAYA: Parti Amanah Negara Communications Director Khalid Samad has questioned Abdul Hadi Awang’s understanding of democracy following the PAS President’s statement that belittled last week’s Citizens’ Declaration to remove Prime Minister Najib Razak from office.
Hadi yesterday dismissed the “Save Malaysia” project as a “useless” venture and said a “democratic” solution would be a better means of removing Najib.
Khalid saw Hadi’s statement as an echo of the Prime Minister’s Office’s reaction to last Friday’s signing of the declaration. In a media statement released late on Friday, the PM’s Office said: “There is an existing mechanism to change the government and Prime Minister. It’s called a general election. And it is the only mechanism that is lawful, democratic and fulfils the people’s will.”
Speaking to FMT, Khalid said a general election was not the only democratic means of bringing about a change in the country’s leadership.
“We’ve seen previous prime ministers being replaced through other means,” he said. “Dr Mahathir Mohamad was replaced by Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Badawi was replaced by Najib Razak, and all of this was done outside elections.”
He claimed that the Citizens’ Declaration fulfilled the wish of the majority of Malaysians and was therefore democratic.
Khalid speculated that Hadi was content with Umno’s hold on power because the party, like himself, believed in Malay-Muslim domination.
“As long as PAS cannot replace Umno, Hadi prefers Umno to be there,” he said. “So he’s not upset with the current leadership and he’s happy to let things go on the way they are.”