KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7: DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has a mindset of a “Maharaja-wannabe”.
This is after Najib, in his opening speech at the UMNO General Assembly this morning, said he wanted UMNO to continue to rule the nation, not only in the next 30 years, but for another 1,000 years.
“This is not the mindset of a democrat, but a Maharaja or Maharaja-wannabe.
“A democrat accepts the principle that the people are the final arbiters of which political party or coalition rules the country, and accepts the verdict of the people in a general election as to which party or coalition is to form the government of the day.
“The voters will not be threatened with chaos, unrest or whatever horrifying consequences if they vote for a change of government, nor will any government or party leader boasts of ruling a country “for a thousand years”,” Lim said in a statement.
Lim said that the 14th General Election (GE14) is critical and crucial test whether Malaysia is capable of becoming a normal democratic country to make the country a top world achiever in every field of human endeavour.
“Countries which are normal democratic countries, like in Europe, United States, Australia, Canada, the United States, and in Asia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Philippines and increasingly Indonesia, everyone accepts the democratic principle that the government-of-the-day is decided through the ballot boxes, and there are no political leaders who aspire to become “maharajas” or “maharaja-wannabes” with “thousand-year rule” visions.
“Is Najib prepared to prove that he is a democrat by declaring that he would accept the democratic verdict of the people in the 14th General Election and will peacefully and democratic hand over power if this is the decision of the Malaysian voters in the 14th General Election?” he asked.