KUALA LUMPUR, March 5 – Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad should stop the blaming game against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as the former should take the blame for the country’s institution disorder created during his premiership, says New Gen party secretary general S.Gobikrishnan.
Speaking to AsiaNewsToday, Gobikrishnan claims the Save Malaysia agenda which saw a declaration signing with opposition leaders once his arch rivals in politics is considered as an act to clean his mess created before.
“ In politics, Dr Mahathir is the one who is responsible for the rise of Prime Minister Najib Razak and also the downfall of former premier Tun Abdullah Badawi.
“We have 3 branches – executive, judiciary and parliament. Dr Mahathir ensured all this comes under his control during his time.
“ Let’s not forget that once he removed Tun Salleh Abas former Lord President of the Federal Court of Malaysia during the 1988 Malaysian constitutional crisis.
“ Even Dr Mahathir was responsible to limit the powers of Yang Di Pertuan Agong via a constitutional amendments back then,” said Gobikrishnan.
The former PKR man who now runs a party for the Malaysian Youth claims that the Prime Minister position in Malaysia became so powerful when Dr Mahathir made these changes.
“Dr Mahathir has done the mistakes and now he is looking a way to correct the mistakes through institution reform pledged in the Citizen Declaration.
“If we see Prime Minister Najib seen as powerful then it is the power vested traditionally, so we can’t blame him,” added Gobikrishnan.
Gobikrishnan believes that for a complete reform of the institution the separation of powers must be clearly defined and implemented.
“The powers of Yang DiPertuan Agong must be returned. The Agong should have the powers to allow any new legislation to be introduced in parliament,” he added.
Yesterday, former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad signed a Citizens Declaration with Opposition and NGO leaders calling for the removal of Prime Minister Najib Razak and a reform of the country’s law and institution.