Na­tion­wide cam­paign to ‘oust Malaysian PM’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

MALAYSIA’S lead­ing protest group an­nounced yes­ter­day a seven-week road­show capped by a Novem­ber 19 rally in the cap­i­tal to de­mand the scan­dal-tainted prime min­is­ter’s res­ig­na­tion.

The Coali­tion for Clean and Fair Elec­tions, which held a huge two­day demon­stra­tion last year seek­ing Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Razak’s ouster over cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions, said the na­tion­wide ac­tion be­gin­ning Oc­to­ber 1 was in re­sponse to the “mag­ni­tude” of a stun­ning graft scan­dal.

Mr Na­jib is clinging to power de­spite in­creas­ingly dam­ag­ing al­le­ga­tions that he took part in the loot­ing of bil­lions in state funds.

“We can­not have a prime min­is­ter who steals money from the rakyat [peo­ple]. That can­not hap­pen in this coun­try,” the coali­tion’s chair Maria Chin Ab­dul­lah said.

The in­de­pen­dent al­liance of NGOs and civil-so­ci­ety groups, com­monly known as Ber­sih, the Malay word for “clean”, has staged four ma­jor demon­stra­tions since 2007 to de­mand elec­toral and gov­ern­ment re­forms.

Ber­sih ac­cuses the gov­ern­ment, in power since in­de­pen­dence in 1957, of sys­tem­atic cor­rup­tion, elec­tion abuses and re­press­ing dis­sent.

The US Jus­tice De­part­ment filed law­suits in the United States in July al­leg­ing a mas­sive in­ter­na­tional con­spir­acy by Mr Na­jib’s rel­a­tives and as­so­ciates to steal bil­lions from state in­vest­ment fund 1MDB.

US author­i­ties have moved to seize as­sets in­clud­ing real es­tate in Bev­erly Hills, New York and London, art­works, a jet and cor­po­rate stakes which they al­lege were pur­chased with stolen 1MDB money.

The US suits also ac­cused an un­named “Malaysian Of­fi­cial 1” with di­vert­ing huge sums. A Malaysian gov­ern­ment min­is­ter has since ac­knowl­edged that “Malaysian Of­fi­cial 1” was Mr Na­jib. –

Maria Chin Ab­dul­lah (sec­ond left), chair of in the lo­cal Malay lan­guage – poses with

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