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MCA distances itself from ex-president, backs PM
Published:  Mar 4, 2016 7:46 PM
Updated: 11:54 PM

MCA has distanced itself from its former president Dr Ling Liong Sik, who today inked a declaration calling for the removal of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Party president Liow Tiong Lai said MCA remains firm in its support of the prime minister.

He also said that Ling had attended the ‘Save Malaysia’ event in his personal capacity and did not represent the party.

"We have mentioned this again and again, Ling went in his own capacity.

"However, MCA's stance is firm. We support the prime minister's leadership," he was quoted as saying by The Star .

Liow also described this afternoon’s function, spearheaded by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, as being "politically charged" and aimed at toppling Najib.

He said the prime minister was elected through a democratic process and the people should not resort to rallies to remove him.

Earlier, Mahathir and Ling were among 58 signatories of the ' Citizens’ Declaration '.

Others who inked the document included former deputy premier Muhyiddin Yassin, Mahathir’s son and former Kedah menteri besar Mukhriz as well as opposition and civil society leaders.

In his speech, Mahathir had acknowledged that the group comprised “strange individuals” in reference to those who had been critical of him and his policies in the past.

However, he said the group has come together as Malaysian citizens out of “concern for the damage” inflicted on the nation by the current prime minister.

Meanwhile, MIC president S Subramaniam said Mahathir's move in organising the Citizens' Declaration to oust Najib was disappointing.

He added that it was uncalled for coming from a former prime minister and a statesman.

"Mahathir actions in wanting to topped prime minister who is a democratically elected by the rakyat and Umno leaders is against the fundamental principles of democracy.

"MIC will continue to give its undivided support to Najib to lead BN and the government," he said.

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