Mahathir’s men to petition the Rulers


PETALING JAYA: Supporters of the Citizens’ Declaration, initiated by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, intend to petition the Rulers’ Conference and seek an audience with any Ruler willing to receive a representative of the group.

The petition calls for royal intervention to dismiss Najib Razak as prime minister, and also calls for reforms of government institutions.

The move was announced by Mahathir supporter A. Kadir Jasin, a former chief editor of the New Straits Times Press, after a meeting at Dr Mahathir’s home in Seri Kembangan today.

“There will be efforts to seek an audience with any Malay Ruler willing to meet with a Citizens’ Declaration representative,” Kadir said in a blog article.

Kadir said today’s meeting had also touched on a statement by the Rulers’ Conference last October that urged the government to resolve issues regarding 1Malaysia Development Berhad. They also referred to the Rulers’ statement on Feb 17 calling for the National Security Council Bill to be reviewed by the Attorney-General.

Kadir said Dr Mahathir’s supporters held that the government had ignored the Rulers’ statements.

Dr Mahathir’s meeting with his supporters comes three days after he was received in audience by Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, who is Yang di-Pertuan Agong, at Istana Anak Bukit in Alor Star.

Dr Mahathir was reported to have submitted the Citizens’ Declaration, which was signed in March by 45 prominent people, comprising some Mahathir supporters and former Umno members, opposition politicians, and a few social activists. Dr Mahathir had announced in May that 1.4 million signatures had been collected from the public.

However, blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin said yesterday that Dr Mahathir had presented only the original declaration which was publicly signed by the 45 people on the day it was announced.

He cast doubt on whether Dr Mahathir had presented the declaration with all the purported 1.4 million signatures.

“What happened to the balance of the 1.3 million or 1.4 million signatures? Why were these not also handed to the Agong?,” he said. He pointed out that Dr Mahathir had only handed over “a small envelope that did not contain the alleged 1.4 million signatures” which would have made up a document “as thick as an encyclopaedia, and maybe a few volumes”.

Doubts were cast on the authenticity of the 1.4 million signatures after a computer programmer said he had sold a database containing personal particulars of 900,000 people to organisers of the declaration.