Kuala Lumpur – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he is making an appearance at the Bersih 4 rally only to join Malaysians in pressuring Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to step down.
The former prime minister said he did not care about the electoral reform group Bersih 2.0’s other demands.
“I just want Najib to step down,” he told reporters at Central Market in downtown Kuala Lumpur today.
Dr Mahathir added that street demonstrations were the only way to bring down Najib now, citing the example of former Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos who was ousted from office more than three decades ago.
“We just want to oust Najib only, BN (Barisan Nasional) must remain,” he told reporters while having a drink at a restaurant in Central Market.
Dr Mahathir was accompanied by his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, and former Umno minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.
The former prime minister said the change must come from within Umno itself but added that a lot of them have been bought.
“Najib will not step down. He has to face the courts and maybe jailed.
“If a vote of no-confidence (against Najib) is to be successful, then the Umno MPs who are faithful to the party must support the vote of no-confidence.
“Only then will Najib’s administration fall and BN can form the government because it still has the majority.”