Tuesday, July 12, 2011

On Facebook, more than 100,000 want Najib to quit

By Clara Chooi
KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 — More than 100,000 people have backed a Facebook campaign calling Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to resign, just two days after Saturday’s Bersih 2.0 rally.
The page, believed to have been set up shortly after the thousands dispersed from the city’s streets on Saturday, has been attracting at least five “likes” per second, and hit its 100,000 mark about 3.50am this morning.
Immediately after hitting its target, hundreds of users wrote “Your fired” on the wall, directing their messages to the nation’s sixth prime minister.
Since then, the number of “likes” have continued to grow and netizens now appear to be aiming for the one million mark, hoping the swelling number of supporters on the page will attract Najib’s attention.
Some users even suggested that those who clicked “like” on the page would “unlike” Najib’s fan page on Facebook, to show the prime minister his eroding support.
“Tik tok tik tok, the number of likes increasing just like every second,” said user Iven Leh. “We can see how much we wan him to resign. He should think about wat he done wrong to innocent public in this peaceful demonstration.”
Most of those who clicked “like” on the page are believed to be pro-Bersih 2.0 as the page’s wall was showered with angry comments against how the administration had dealt with Saturday’s rally.
“Najib, I strongly urge you to view the official fan page of Bersih 2.0 and eat every word you’ve spoken. No physical contact? No brutality? Or your definition of brutality is a genocide, so this is too light to be called brutality?” said user Kenny Chong.
Najib had denied any physical violence by the police, while a minister in his Cabinet, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, had praised them for their swift action in maintaining peace and public order.
The prime minister had also spent time on Sunday to visit the streets of Kuala Lumpur, which, just 24 hours before, had been a centre of mayhem when protesters clashed with riot police.
Pundits have predicted that the prime minister's high approval ratings may dip following the rally, which Bersih 2.0 has described as “Malaysia's single most defining moment in recent history”.
Najib's ratings soared to a record high of 72 per cent in May last year, appearing to return some shine to Barisan Nasional's (BN) armour, after he launched his 1 Malaysia platform to celebrate racial diversity and introduced a slew of initiatives to boost economic reform.
It dipped slightly in December last year to 69 per cent after the government began to cut subsidies for daily essentials such as fuel, gas and sugar.

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