PETALING JAYA, 25 March 2009: The People’s Parliament has launched an online petition for Malaysians who want to indicate that they do not have confidence in Datuk Seri Najib Razak as the next prime minister.
The petition is a way for constituents to direct their Members of Parliament (MPs) to demand for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the allegation that Najib could be involved in the events leading to the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, said Haris Ibrahim.
Haris is the moderator of the The People’s Parliament blog.
“If the commission is not established, the petition also directs the MPs to take the necessary steps to inform His Majesty (the Agong) that with all these serious allegations and questions left unanswered, they do not have confidence in … Najib to lead the country as prime minister,” Haris said in a press statement today.
Najib, who has maintained he did not know Altantuya, is expected to take over as Umno president at the party’s ongoing general assembly. The Umno president, by tradition, is expected to become the nation’s prime minister.
According to the Federal Constitution, the Agong shall appoint as prime minister an MP who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the Dewan Rakyat.
The online petition, titled “We do not have confidence in Dato Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak as Prime Minister of Malaysia”, was launched on 4 Jan 2009.
It is addressed to all MPs except that for Pekan, which is Najib’s constituency.
Haris said a notice of the petition and the accompanying directive was sent out this morning to the various MPs whose constituents had signed the petition.
“A copy of this petition with a full list of the signatories will also be handed to His Majesty,” he said.
“It is in the interest of our country that the person chosen to become the prime minister does not assume office with such baggage, namely allegation of involvement with events leading to the murder of a foreign citizen,” Haris said.
“As such, the elected MPs should take the directive by their constituents seriously and take all necessary steps to highlight to His Majesty that they do not have confidence in … Najib to lead the country, for the MPs are the representatives of the people and they must see to it that the voice of the people are heard,” he added.
As of 6.30pm today, there were 4,163 signatures in the petition. A note on the petition webpage said the names of the signatories were not displayed to prevent the spread of viruses through e-mail addresses.
In a post on The People’s Parliament today, Haris said the signatures garnered so far involved 141 MPs. He said he would next post the names of the MPs who have been notified about the petition.