Amanah president Mohamad Sabu today welcomed the plan by a group of youths to hold a rally in Kuala Lumpur on August 27, and urged Malaysians to show solidarity with them.
Mohamad or Mat Sabu said it is time Malaysians speak up before the country’s economy is destroyed as a result of a breakdown of system under the administration of Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“The youths must rise and take the lead at the #TangkapMalaysianOfficial1 rally,” said Mat Sabu, referring to the hashtag by which the protest is named.
The protest is to put pressure on the government to reveal the identity behind “Malaysian Official 1” (MO1), a phrase used by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) in documents filed in Los Angeles seeking the seizure of 1MDB-linked assets worth US$1 billion.
The move followed investigations in the US into transactions from the Malaysian state fund.
The DoJ documents named among others Riza Aziz, stepson of Najib, but did not mention the Umno president by name. Instead, there were 36 instances of “MO1” throughout the papers.
Mat Sabu said the person behind “MO1” had dragged Malaysia to dictatorship and economic stalemate.
“Let us extend our solidarity to the youths,” said Mat Sabu, who had in the past organised large-scale protests in the capital.
He said the Najib administration was forcing people to use the streets to bring about change, after the country’s main institutions were undermined.
He cited the sudden “retirement” of former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail in the midst of an investigation into 1MDB, and the transfers or termination of officials from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
“The people must change this leader, but the country’s electoral system is also in a mess,” he added.