Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 will organise another mass rally if a backdoor government is formed. Calling it undemocratic and a betrayal to voters, Chairman Thomas Fann reiterated that the rakyat voted for Pakatan Harapan and its coalition parties based on its principles.
“This is a small group that is hijacking the people and country.” said Fann.
Among those who co-signed the Bersih statement were Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), Amnesty International Malaysia, Transparency International-Malaysia, National Patriot Association (Patriot), Sisters in Islam and Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), and Malaysian Action for Justice and Unity Foundation (Maju).
C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel said Malaysians would never forget such undemocratic attempts to undermine the ruling coalition.
“The kleptocrats we kicked out in GE14 are now being engaged to come back to a political coalition through the backdoor,” she said.
“In no way can we accept kleptocrats back in federal power. Many of them are being charged in court and we are concerned that the cases will be dropped and they will be able to share political power again.
Additionally, former Bersih chairman, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, along with Amanah and DAP has also called for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to reconsider after his unexpected resignation as Prime Minister.
It was stated that Dr. Mahathir resigned based on his principles, as he was hurt by the back door antics and refuses to work with UMNO, who was allegedly involved in the world’s biggest case of government corruption related to the sovereign fund, 1MDB.
Dr. Mahathir has also resigned as the chairman of Bersatu and will lead several leaders in quitting the party, his aides told Malay Mail.
Ambiga believes that the stability of the country and its people are more important than desperate political ambitions.
“From the ashes may the phoenix rise and may the people see a stronger and more united PH to complete its mandated tasks, particularly that of reform. Cooler heads must prevail, and the nation and its people must come first,” she said in a statement.