Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has said that there have been no mass protests specifically demanding the resignation of Malaysia's Prime Minister since 1998.
“According to police records, there have been no demonstrations in the country since 1998 which has specifically demanded that the country's Prime Minister step down,” Ahmad Zahid said in a written parliamentary reply to Bachok MP Ahmad Marzuk Shaary.
Mr Ahmad Marzuk Shaary from Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) had asked the home minister to state the number of demonstrations since 1998 specifically aimed at demanding the prime minister’s resignation, as well as the number of participants and police personnel involved.
Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was promoted to the post of Deputy Prime Minister in the month of July this year after the major reshuffle of the Malaysian cabinet by current Prime Minister Najib Razak. He also served as the political secretary to Prime Minister Najib Razak from 1987 to 1993.
During 1998's “reformasi” wave, thousands of Malaysians held protests demanding the release of former deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as well as the resignation of the then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The Home Minister also seem to have disregarded the fact that thousands of Malaysians had gathered in Kuala Lumpar in August this year to demand the resignation of Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Civil society groups and activists held #tangkapNajib protests calling for his removal over issues surrounding his leadership and 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 organised a 34-hour rally dubbed “Bersih 4” in the city from August 29 to 30 to demand institutional reforms as well as Najib’s resignation over a number of controversies.
Adapted from news sources