PETALING JAYA, 21 April 2009: Popular blog The People’s Parliament will continue to oppose Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s appointment as prime minister despite the failure of their previous petition against him to net results.
“We will continue to address the point that Najib was not appointed through a popular vote, but by politicking in Umno,” The People’s Parliament moderator Haris Ibrahim told The Nut Graph, adding that he himself would do so whenever an opportunity arose in the public sphere.
On 4 Jan, The People’s Parliament launched an online petition, titled We do not have confidence in Dato Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak as Prime Minister of Malaysia, as an avenue for constituents to direct their Members of Parliament (MPs) to demand for a Royal Commission of Inquiry.
This Royal Commission would look into the allegation that Najib was involved in the events leading to the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Haris According to Haris, the petition had garnered over 5,000 signatures when it was submitted to 142 MPs on 25 March. On 31 March, a copy of the petition was submitted to the palace for the consideration of the Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin.
“As far as we are concerned, the petition is a spent bullet. We sent a copy of the petition to parliamentarians and His Majesty the Agong. If it was ineffective, it was ineffective,” Haris said.
“The fact remains that the questions that motivated the petition have gone unanswered,” Haris, who is a lawyer and activist, added.
Haris stressed that political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda’s acquittal and the conviction of police officers Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar did nothing to dispel doubt over Najib’s integrity and restore confidence in the premier.
Speaking in a personal capacity, Haris characterised the Agong’s decision to appoint Najib as prime minister, despite widespread reservation in the Malaysian public, as “alarming”, and took it as proof of the lack of democracy in Malaysian government.
“I will continue to wear my black arm band in public, to mourn the death of democracy in Malaysia,” Haris said.