DAP rep produces unsigned SD endorsing Ku Li as new PM

Liew Chin Tong

(Malay Mail Online) – DAP MP Liew Chin Tong today posted on social media an unsigned statutory declaration (SD) purportedly lobbying for Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s promotion to the post of prime minister, just hours after an Umno lawmaker rubbished claims that such a plan existed.

The Kluang MP posted snapshots of the three-page document on his Facebook page along with the message in Bahasa Malaysia, “The SD attached here is for the attention of Tajuddin Abdul Rahman”.

The document states among others the signee’s loss of confidence in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and all the members of his federal Cabinet, and calls for their resignations.

“We need a leader that is respected and accepted by the majority in the Dewan Rakyat. I hereby declare my full confidence in Gua Musang Member of Parliament YB Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to be the next Malaysian Prime Minister,” it adds.

Malay Mail Online has not been able to verify the authenticity of the SD, who has received it and whether any lawmaker has signed it.

When approached in Parliament for details, Liew declined to comment, telling Malay Mail Online he would first wait for a response from Tajuddin or Tengku Razaleigh.

Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, an Umno deputy minister, was earlier today quoted on Malaysiakini as accusing Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad of spreading tales that Tengku Razaleigh and several other Umno lawmakers were part of a so-called plot to unseat Najib via a no-confidence vote in the Dewan Rakyat.

“I didn’t see anything being circulated. Not at all. Even my friends and colleagues, other MPs from Umno and BN didn’t talk about this. I should know if there was, but there wasn’t.

“These are all stories created by Mahathir,” the deputy minister reportedly told the news portal.

Dr Mahathir had told a news conference in Putrajaya last Friday that Tengku Razaleigh was among several Umno leaders secretly seeking Najib’s ouster but switched camps after failing to secure support from other pivotal players.

Dr Mahathir further claimed to have met with other elected representatives from Sarawak under Tengku Razaleigh’s instructions to persuade them to support a no-confidence vote against the PM.

The 90-year-old former leader claimed Tengku Razaleigh subsequently changed his stance and rooted for Najib instead in a public display of loyalty to the PM.

Accused of being a turncoat, Tengku Razaleigh or Ku Li as he is popularly known, took to Facebook earlier today to address the claims.

In a posting, the Kelantan prince insisted that he has always been consistent in his stand that institutional reforms must abide by the Federal Constitution.

The Gua Musang MP also said he has never swerved from his calls for reforms and that he has always placed the country’s interests above his own.

He added that he explored “all legitimate and legal avenues, including the role of the Dewan Rakyat” and came to the conclusion that whatever measures are taken, as a politician, he “must operate within the bounds of the Federal Constitution and my political party”.

“Therefore, the issue of being supportive of the government of the day, and by extension, to the head of the government does not arise,” he wrote.