Bersih rejects any 'backdoor govt', says betrayal of people's trust

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  • Saturday, 29 Feb 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Bersih 2.0 rejects any "backdoor" government, especially one that is formed midterm and rejects the mandate of the people given to the Pakatan Harapan government.

Its chairman Thomas Fann said that Bersih had been consistent from the start that it was against any "backdoor" government.

"To us, this is undemocratic and a betrayal of the people's trust in the government they voted for," he said in an interview on Saturday (Feb 29).

Fann said this after the palace announced that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin would be sworn in as the new Prime Minister.

After receiving representations from both sides, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has determined that the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president is “most likely to command a majority, ” the Istana Negara said in a statement on Saturday (Feb 29).

Muhyiddin will be sworn in as the eighth prime minister at 10.30am Sunday (March 1).

Fann said Muhyiddin did not have the legitimacy from the people to be the Prime Minister because his power support came from the very leaders who were rejected by the people in the last general election (Umno and Pas).

"What is even more disappointing is that many of these people who are being charged in court for corruption will likely be part of the new government," he said.

He said Bersih believed the appointment by the Agong needed to be tested out in the Dewan Rakyat through a vote of confidence.

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