Salleh: ‘Save Malaysia’ Gathering Not About Saving Malaysia



KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 – The so-called ‘Save Malaysia’ gathering on Sunday was anything but about saving Malaysia, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak. He said that to save Malaysia, the Constitution should be protected instead of violated, like how they were proposing to oust the Prime Minister.

“And what or who, in the first place, are they trying to save the Malaysia from?. And how can ousting the Prime Minister unconstitutionally be considered saving Malaysia?”, he said in his latest posting on his blog here today.

They stand there on stage and attack the alleged lack of democracy in Malaysia. But what they failed to mention was that the very fact that Prime Minister (Datuk Seri) Najib Tun Razak allows more democracy in Malaysia is the reason they are able to organise such gatherings in which they use to attack the prime minister,” the minister said.

“The gathering of many partners who do not share the same aspirations and ideals show that the ‘Save Malaysia’ alliance was doomed from the start. We have seen Gagasan Rakyat, Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah, Barisan Alternatif, Pakatan Rakyat, and now Pakatan Harapan,” Salleh said.

“And so far all have failed while Pakatan Harapan is struggling to prove its viability. And the reason they have all failed is because, as the Malays would say, tidur satu bantal, mimpi lain-lain (sharing a pillow but not the dreams),” he said this in his latest post on his blog.

“All those in the ‘Save Malaysia’ alliance do not share the same ideals, doctrines, aspirations or objectives and they only want one thing — to oust the government. And that is technically what would happen when you oust the Prime Minister. Beyond that, they have not agreed on what to do,” he said.

The minister said that the group will never agree because each partner in that ‘Save Malaysia’ alliance has its own view as to who should take over as the new Prime Minister if their plan succeeds. He said is that the ‘Save Malaysia’ campaign include or exclude freeing (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim from jail, while Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (Anwar’s wife and PKR president) says yes, but all the others say nothing.

Salleh said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad appears to have emerged as the new de facto Opposition Leader and head of the ‘Anti-Najib Campaign’ or ‘Save Malaysia Campaign’. He said all the others appear to have given tacit approval to Mahathir’s leadership role by not nominating any other leader. Salleh said Mahathir knows that the only way to oust Najib would be if UMNO wants him to go.

He said Mahathir himself admitted that Najib cannot be ousted from the outside, therefore, the former prime minister was hoping that this ‘Save Malaysia’ campaign will prove that it has the support of the rakyat (people) and that this, in turn, would get the support of UMNO. He added that UMNO is very angry with Mahathir and because of that UMNO is united behind Najib. So Mahathir’s move has backfired badly and is working against him, he said.

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