Malaysian parties call for national movement to remove tainted PM

(From AFP)

Leaders from across Malaysia’s political spectrum joined Friday to call for a national movement to remove scandal-hit premier Najib Razak, in a dramatic escalation of a festering corruption crisis.

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad (C) speaks during a press conference with members of the opposition party in Kuala Lumpur on March 4

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad (C) speaks during a press conference with members of the opposition party in Kuala Lumpur on March 4

“We call upon all Malaysians, irrespective of race, religion, political situation, creed or parties, young and old, to join us in saving Malaysia from the government headed by Najib Razak,” read a joint statement endorsed by heavyweights from the ruling party, opposition, and top civil society groups.

The historic alliance brought together previously bitter political foes and was led by 90-year-old former premier Mahathir Mohamad, who has spearheaded calls to remove Najib over allegations of corruption and misrule.

Speaking at a Kuala Lumpur press conference, Mahathir said the assembled leaders, despite their differences, shared “one goal”.

“We must rid ourselves of Najib as prime minister,” he said.

The move marks the most direct political challenge yet to Najib, and lends a potent voice to a growing sense of public disgust with his tenure. Read More



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