Mahathir and Muhyiddin must portray themselves as the saviours or reformers of UMNO and not as its destroyers. They must explain why reform of UMNO is only possible if Najib’s UMNO is defeated at GE14. They must counter the charge of disloyalty by claiming to be Hang Tuah saving UMNO from Najib’s bad intentions.
Poll: Why did Citizens’ Declaration fail? Confused objectives, wrong strategy, wishful thinking, people bored with politics?
As the umbrella body for civil society, Bersih must call a general meeting of its endorsing NGOs to enable civil society to reach a consensus on the Citizens’ Declaration. Civil society leaders who support the Citizens’ Declaration must critically assess what they are supporting. It is untrue for them to claim that the effect of removing Najib is unknown. If UMNO remains in power, it is a certainty that Najib will be replaced by Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
It is doubtful that Dr Mahathir’s strategy behind the Citizens’ Declaration can succeed. The article argues that the most certain way to remove Najib as PM is through a Save Malaysia opposition (Pakatan Harapan + UMNO rebels) fighting Najib’s UMNO/BN one to one at GE14, together with a Citizen’s Manifesto containing detailed, concrete, and specific proposals for institutional reform.