Exercise people's power at polls, not on streets: Malaysian PM Najib Razak

Prime Minister Najib Razak said the people had the right to choose a government, but should do it through the proper channel. It is wrong to do things that are against the law and Constitution, he added.
Prime Minister Najib Razak said the people had the right to choose a government, but should do it through the proper channel. It is wrong to do things that are against the law and Constitution, he added.PHOTO: REUTERS

PASIR SALAK (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - People's power should be exercised during the general election, and not by demonstrating on the streets, said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

He said the people have the right to choose a government, but should do it through the proper channel. Street demonstrations do not reflect the people's power, and it is wrong to do things that are against the law and Constitution, he added.

"Such acts can destroy unity and peace. The people have to suffer and bear the burden if the country is no longer stable.

"We know the people decide the government of the day, and every five years, they are given the power to decide.

"So there is no need to wear a certain coloured T-shirt condemning political parties and the government," Datuk Seri Najib said in his speech after launching the Festival Rakyat Pasir Salak here on Friday night.

He added that although the government of the day had differing views, its leaders never insulted anyone.

Those who disliked him could stand against him in Pekan in the next general election, he added.

"Same goes for others leaders as well. If you are not happy with them, stand for election, and when the results are out, we will know whether the rakyat (people) is with the current government or otherwise," he said.

He said he was surprised that a certain leader, who during his tenure had condemned street demonstrations, had now changed his tune and forgotten everything.

"So don't say 'Melayu Mudah Lupa' (Malays forget easily). Who has forgotten now, the people know," he added.

He added that people should not be influenced by one or two issues, but should see the overall picture.