Gerakan condemns Tun Dr Mahathir’s comment on BN may do away with elections after winning GE-14

Kohilan: Tun M forced himself into PH’s chairmanship without an election

Press statement by

Gerakan Vice President
Datuk A. Kohilan Pillay

March 9, 2018


1. I refer to Tun Dr Mahathir’s trumped up comment claiming that Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak will do away with elections if BN wins the coming general election as outrageous and irresponsible.


2. This is another typical assertion of Mahathirism by spreading fear among Malaysians that elections will be abolished which is simply untrue and not possible as it has been guaranteed under the Federal Constitution.

3. Tun Dr Mahathir should cease his fear mongering attitude which is not new base on previous outrageous claims such as selling our land to foreigners, the country is going bust among others.


4. Barisan Nasional is a party that subscribes itself to the principles of democracy hence the ability for the Opposition to win power in some states since Independence. How can this happen if BN intends to do away with elections in the first place?


5. Tun Dr Mahathir is the least qualified person to comment on hijacking democracy or abolishing elections as he was the person who famously known for his autocratic credentials during his 22 years tenure as PM.


6. During his reign, we should remember that he introduced something called as Bonus Vote to cling on to power.


7. Now after stepping down, he engineered a comeback by forcing his way back to the chairmanship of Pakatan Harapan without any democratic election despite being the most junior partner in the coalition.


8. At the same time, Tun Dr Mahathir’s own party the PPBM is currently being probed by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) for failing to adhere to its own constitution by having its own annual general meeting without first conducting meetings at its branch and division levels.


9. He should mind his own business first by sorting things out within his own party before making baseless accusations for the sake of his own personal interest and vendetta.


10. I am sure the people know who is a real threat to electoral democracy in Malaysia and will not fall easily for lies and propaganda.



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