PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) says that any council aimed at supervising a leader, if not chosen by the rakyat, can be characterised as â€œundemocraticâ€.
â€œIt directly clashes with Malaysiaâ€™s Federal Constitution, which is built on the axis of the principle of democracy,â€ said the Prime Minister on in the latest audio gallery post on najibrazak.com.
He was referring to former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamadâ€™s plan to have a â€œcouncil of eldersâ€ to assist whoever becomes the next prime minister.
On Friday, Najib reiterated that Malaysia is a country that practices democracy, with leaders in the executive body chosen through party elections and the general elections.
â€œThey receive the mandate to become leaders and hold positions in the Government to serve the rakyat and the country. Those who are chosen are responsible to the rakyat, because the people are the ones who choose,â€ he added.
If there is a body that can control an elected leader, said Najib, then Malaysia would diverge from the democratic system that had always been the key to the countryâ€™s peace and development.
â€œAs Malaysian citizens, no matter our rank or standing, we need to uphold the Constitution.
â€œAs a leader, I am responsible to defend this third tenet of the National Principles (Rukun Negara) with all my jurisdiction,â€ he added.