Former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah to hand over the Citizens’ Declaration, bearing 1.4 million signatures.
Former Umno member Khairuddin Abu Hassan told FMT that he accompanied Mahathir to Istana Anak Bukit in Alor Setar, Kedah, for the “historical” meeting yesterday.
“They (Mahathir and the King) met about 4.30pm and the discussion went on for about an hour 15 minutes.
“It was just between the two of them. So whatever was discussed inside, I will let Tun Mahathir reveal it,” Khairuddin said.
Mahathir’s special officer Sufi Yusuf also confirmed to FMT that the 91-year-old former prime minister went to the Istana bearing “a set of documents”.
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s founding member Anina Saadudin told FMT that the declaration had been delivered to the King, who is also the Kedah Sultan, as promised.
“Tun Mahathir has fulfilled his promise, and now it is up to the Agong to decide if he will bring it to the attention of the Conference of Rulers. We hope the Agong will do what is necessary.”
The Citizens’ Declaration campaign was launched by Mahathir and 40 others back in March this year, urging Malaysians to join in the quest to remove Prime Minister Najib Razak via peaceful means.
The document, which was made available online and on hard copy, also sought institutional reforms and the repeal of laws that “violated fundamental human rights”.
The document, and the movement which initiated it, had largely been dismissed by Barisan Nasional leaders as a “futile effort” to topple a democratically elected government.