Prominent lawyer and activist Siti Kasim wants the public to be serious about “taking back power” from politicians, saying all of them – including Pakatan Harapan, which won the election in 2018 – had caused the political crisis in Malaysia today.
The government’s proposal for an emergency, purportedly to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, is the last straw, she said in a video message, in which she had harsh words for all politicians.
“Fellow Malaysians, wake up. Enough is enough. We are appalled not just at the prime minister and the sitting government for contemplating an emergency; we are appalled at all of you politicians and political parties for starting this mess in Malaysia in the first place,” she said.
“We voted for a government on May 9, 2018, based on the MPs you political parties and political leaders put to us. We trusted them because we believed in you and your so-called coalition.
“Instead of abolishing Draconian laws, setting right the economy and our pathetic education system, your MPs jumped ship because every faction in your coalition wanted to be ministers and prime minister, instead of serving the rakyat.
“This is the combination of all of your politicking. All of you, from those who kept quiet in cabinet after PH won, to those who supported power struggles in the coalition. You are all to blame.
“We are utterly disgusted that your actions from day one have come to this. Do not blame others, all you politicians have contributed to this day,” she said.
She said the people can take back power from politicians by supporting her civil society group Malaysian Action for Justice and Unity Foundation (Maju) and its affiliate Gerak Independent, which plan to field independent candidates in the next general election.
“We urge the rakyat to take back power from their politicians. We cannot allow politicians to rule our lives.”
To avoid an emergency now, she said the public are looking to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shahto “do the right thing and protect the federation, the nation and rakyat, to protect (us) from politicians who will destroy the nation”.
The king has called a meeting of the Conference of Malay Rulers at 2.30pm this afternoon to discuss the cabinet’s proposal for an emergency.
“If an emergency is declared, it will bring disaster to the economy and the trust of investors and businesses, both domestic and international, will evaporate in an instant. Ordinary people are suffering putting food on the table and paying bills.
“Parliament is the seat of the rakyat, not for politicians. If Parliament is suspended due to a state of emergency, it will be a clear act of politicians robbing the rakyat and the rakyat will not stand for it.
“This is the last straw. Enough of politicians, their politics and their political power play,” she said. – TMI