PETALING JAYA - Donning the yellow Bersih T-shirt for the first time, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad called on Malaysians to take part in the Bersih 5 rally on Saturday.
In a video uploaded on Twitter by Adrian Ng (@AdrianNCF), Dr Mahathir, who banned protests and assemblies during his 22-year tenure as prime minister, said Malaysians needed to show their dissatisfaction through the demonstration.
"Malaysia is now in distress because (Prime Minister) Datuk Seri Najib's administration has caused the country to rake up billions of ringgit in debts that are unable to be paid by the Government and the country.
"That is why we need to show our dissatisfaction with the Government by taking part in this demonstration by Bersih in Dataran Merdeka and also at other locations," he said in the video.
Dr Mahathir added that he hoped all Malaysians would join the rally as Bersih aimed to find a way to revitalise the country by changing the Government so it would not be ruled by "someone who embezzled so much money" and was being "accused by the whole world".
In 2015, Dr Mahathir attended Bersih 4.0 with his wife.
On Sunday, Dr Mahathir was seen wearing a "free Anwar" badge at the Pakatan Harapan convention in Shah Alam.
Thousands take part in Bersih 5 rally in KL