KUALA LUMPUR: The Mahathir declaration will not have any effect as it is a wrong move made by those involved in their bid to change the system of democracy practiced and supported by the people in Malaysia.
UMNO Information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa said those involved in initiating the declaration were indeed aware that the democracy practiced in the country was based on election and governed by a constitution.
“Maybe some people got excited to join the declaration, to sign it, but deep down they knew that it was not the way,” he told reporters after visiting the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) and giving a briefing on the current political issues.
Also present were Bernama Editor-in-Chief Datuk Zakaria Abdul Wahab, deputy editor-in-chief (Domestic News Service) Datuk Mokhtar Hussain and other senior officers.
Last Friday, former prime minister and UMNO president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad led about 50 individuals in signing the declaration to support the move to oust Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as prime minister.
Also supporting the declaration were former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, former Kedah menteri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, Selangor Menteri Besar and PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik.
“They called it the citizens’ declaration, but it was actually from a group of leaders who are holding grudges and not even from those who are representing the people.
“This is a sentiment of sedition which came from those who are disappointed of his own failed agenda,” Annuar said.
Annuar, who is Ketereh Member of Parliament, also said UMNO would remain positive in tackling all issues, that that declaration issue would definitely make UMNO a stronger party.
“There is no political party in the world that is not facing any problems, or issues. Each issue is a process to test our political antibody. The more we are tested, the more our experience we will gain,” he added.