Dr M: I attended Bersih as there's no other way to oust Najib

Dr M: I attended Bersih as there's no other way to oust Najib
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (C) waves as he attends a rally organised by pro-democracy group "Bersih" (Clean) near Central Market in Malaysia's capital city of Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. Mahathir, joining anti-government protesters for a second day on Sunday, called for a "people's power" movement to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal.
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PETALING JAYA - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad attended the Bersih 4 rally because he felt there was no other way to oust Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"Many asked me if I was a Bersih supporter. Do I support DAP and Kit Siang. Some also asked me if I was siding with the Chinese," he said in a blog posting on Tuesday.

The former premier of 22 years admitted that he had previously said that street demonstrations were not the right way to apply political pressure because it affects small businesses and the country's economy.

"I don't agree with demonstrations because there are other channels to pressure a government that misuses its power," he said giving examples of the police and courts.

Dr Mahathir, however, claimed that Najib had ruined government institutions which had a duty to protect the people's rights.

He added that every other avenue to challenge the prime minister according to the law and the constitution had been closed by Najib. Only the voice of the people and a no-confidence vote in the Dewan Rakyat can save the country, he said.

"That is why I had no choice but to participate in the Bersih rally ... I plead to the Umno and BN parliamentarians to support a no confidence vote against Najib. BN will not fall once he is ousted. BN is still the majority," he said.

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