M’kini poll: 76pct support Citizens’ Declaration

Modified 9 Mar 2016, 9:36 am

A social media poll by Malaysiakini has found that there is widespread support for the Citizens’ Declaration and former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad's role in the pact.

Of the 5,852 respondents on Malaysiakini 's English Facebook and Twitter accounts, 76.2 percent were in favour of the declaration - which seeks to oust Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak from office.

"Yes. I will take the risk. No pain, no gain. Malaysia is more important than the hurt, betrayal, etc that even (former opposition leader) Anwar Ibrahim and (DAP supremo) Lim Kit Siang can live with," Facebook user Elle Morena said.

"As the saying goes, politics makes strange bedfellows! But I suppose if there are two evils to destroy, you (would) come together to destroy the greatest evil of them all," said another Facebook user, Xiang Non.

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However, it is noted that 11.6 percent had chosen to reject the declaration and the opposition's decision to work with Mahathir, whereas 8.8 percent were sceptical about the entire issue.

"Although I support and (am) excited to see this, however, I'm still sceptical if this is going to change anything. As we all know, our PM is ridiculously 'muka tembok' (thick-skinned) and there's nothing we can do - unless Mahathir still has a hidden weapon," said social media user Chuah Foong Teng

Another Facebook commentor, Oliver S Mq, pointed out that if Mahathir had been the target of this declaration when he was prime minister, all those who signed it would have been put to jail.

In the meantime, 1.3 percent of respondents opined that the declaration was undemocratic, while 2.4 percent simply did not care about it at all.

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The Citizens’ Declaration signed by the ‘Save Malaysia’ movement last Friday saw old foes uniting in a bid to get rid of Najib, and implement institutional reforms too.

Among those who signed the declaration were Mahathir, suspended Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin, opposition MPs Azmin Ali and Lim Kit Siang, as well as civil society leaders Ambiga Sreenevasan and Maria Chin Abdullah.