Blake Chen | March 22, 2016
'I think all Malaysians need to stand shoulder to shoulder to reject corruption,' says Noor Farida.
KUALA LUMPUR: Noor Farida Ariffin is the latest prominent figure to sign the Citizens’ Declaration, a movement calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak.
The G25 Movement of Moderates spokesperson said that it was high time for the country to restore public confidence and strengthen public institutions.
“The full system must be changed. We must establish a system of check and balance which to us is the best guarantee against abuse of power,” she said after witnessing several others inking the Citizens’ Declaration.
She however stressed that she was signing the Declaration in her personal capacity and was not representing G25 – a group of eminent Malays.
Noor Farida claimed that Malaysia was now one of the most corrupt countries in the world and she was not convinced the country was on track to achieve Vision 2020.
“At the rate we are going, I am not even sure if we can achieve Vision 2020 and the need for (constitutional reform is very urgent) because, as stated in the declaration, we are now one of the most corrupt countries in the world.”
She added that some of the problems started with former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who had led the Declaration.
“We have to be pragmatic. I think all Malaysians need to stand shoulder to shoulder to reject corruption because now it is so endemic and so rampant.”
Earlier, social activist and lawyer S Ambiga, Bersih chief Maria Chin, Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) chief Cynthia Gabriel and political activist Hishamuddin Rais witnessed others adding their signatures to the Citizens’ Declaration.
Among those who signed were Lawyers for Liberty co-founder Eric Paulsen and Bantah TPPA activist Azlan Awang.
~ Free Malaysia Today