Opponents of Malaysian PM step up drive to oust him

(From AFP)

Leaders from across Malaysia’s political spectrum said Sunday they plan to present a petition to the country’s Islamic royalty seeking the removal of scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak over a corruption crisis.

Najib Razak

Najib Razak

The highly unusual grouping of heavyweights from the ruling party, the opposition and civil society groups was formed in early March, when it issued a call to “save” Malaysia from disaster by removing Najib.

A succession of speakers pressed that demand during a rally attended by several hundred supporters Sunday, accusing Najib of using his office to thwart scrutiny of the graft allegations and avoid justice.

“(Najib’s) leadership undermines the very existence of our institutions,” said former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, around whom the movement has coalesced.

“We want the rule of law and the actions of Najib has destroyed it. He no longer deserves to be the prime minister,” he said at the gathering near the capital. Read More



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