Is Bersih 4.0 a game changer ?
By Dr Mahathir Mohamad
It is a ' Last Option '
The 90 years old made his debut as a street protester in the Bersih 4 rally like many others yesterday, using the public trains and after alighting at the Central Market station, footing it downtown to Masjib Jamek.
"I'm here to show the solidarity with the people," he told news conference later.
Dr Mahathir had made his intention to oust Najib from power very plain since he began his verbal attacks against the prime minister over Putrajaya's handling of the issues surrounding debt-ridden state investment company 1 Malaysia Development Berhad ( 1MDB ).
He stepped up his campaign against Najib in recent days, following the expose of RM 2.6 billion cash deposits into the prime minister's personal bank accounts, which the opposition believe to be funneled from 1MDB, but which the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and some senior Umno leader have said were donations from a friendly Middle Eastern nation.
Like many others, Dr Mahathir blamed the current decline of the ringgit and the country's economic blues on the government's handling of 1MDB and the introduction of a new consumption tax in April.
"Previously, there was no need to take part in demos. If we make police report, people took action," he added.
Dr Mahathir drew parallels between Malaysia's present to the Philippines in the 1960's through to the 1980's under the rule of Ferdinand Marcos.
"It is the last option ( Street Demo ). When Marcos ruled they have to overthrow him through demo," Dr Mahathir said.
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" It goes to show that anything is possible, " she added.
Dr Mahathir, who was prime minister from 1981 to 2003, was notorious for clamping down on any demonstration against the government.
Dr Mahathir is rumoured to make a second appearance in the Bersih 4, but added that he must agree to all of its five demands mad by the organisers