Yesterday (19 August), the Sekratariat Solidariti Rakyat (SSR), the organiser of the #Lawan rally, has called off the protest that was scheduled to take place on 21 August following the resignation of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, the group emphasised that they will not stop the fight for democracy and for the check and balance of the government.
“We will not hesitate to organise further rallies if the new government fails in fulfilling its responsibility to ensure the peace of the country from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and political turmoil.” they said in a statement.
Previously, SSR had called for Malaysians to band together and pressure Muhyiddin into resigning due to the government’s failures in handling the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia.
They then claim that the the downfall of Muhyiddin and the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government is a victory for Malaysians who held him accountable for the loss of more than 13,000 lives as a result of the failure of his government to control the spread of Covid-19.
As a result, thousands of Malaysians had to walk out to the streets on 31 July to protest and demand for Muhyiddin’s resignation as the Prime Minister in a peaceful protest.
“The people joined hands to take to the streets despite knowing the risks in this time of pandemic is proof that the people are tired and angry to see the country deteriorating.”
“This devastation is the result of the Prime Minister’s failure to carry out his responsibilities to ensure that our country is on the right track towards the recovery process.”
“Thus, the People’s Solidarity Secretariat urges all leaders to return to the real space of parliamentary democracy to discuss policies and further action to restore the deteriorating situation in our country.”
With Muhyiddin’s resignation, SSR hopes that a more suitable leader will be chosen as the Prime Minister and they would hope the see these qualities from the new Prime Minister.
The qualities include:
- Must have the focus, ideas, will and courage in making policies that ensure Malaysians are protected after being oppressed by a government that was busy with politics but ignored the will of the people.
- The Prime Minister appointed by the YDPA must go through a process guided by the Federal Constitution.
- The new Prime Minister must show his legitimacy through a vote of confidence in Parliament and not using the non-transparent declaration letter, which disregards the mandate of the people who elect their constituency MPs.
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Read the statement from SSR here: