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Najib warns on Malaysia’s July 9 rally
Najib said the rally was not about wanting to send a memorandum to the King or about flaws within the country's election rules but about the opposition wanting to wrest back the political momentum regained by Barisan Nasional.
“Do not create chaos just because you want power. If the country is in chaos, then you will be held responsible,” he said during the opening of PPP's 58th annual general assembly at Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.
The Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9 attempts to gather people on a march to Istana Negara to hand over a memorandum on electoral reforms.
Both Umno Youth and Perkasa had since announced that they would hold rallies of their own on that day. None of them have received police permit for any gathering.
Najib said it was irresponsible for certain groups to create chaos just to gain power, pointing out that claims of irregularities in election rules and electoral roll did not make sense when the Opposition was in power in four states.
“Barisan does not manipulate the election. If we do, why should we want to lose four states to the Opposition?
“We do not want to win elections based on manipulation. We want to win because the rakyat support and trust us,” he said.
Najib also challenged the Opposition to fight it out with Barisan in a general election instead of holding street demonstrations, which would only result in problems.
“If you have guts, then fight us during an election and not this way. Only those with no guts will hold demonstrations,” he said.
In his speech, PPP president Datuk Seri M. Kayveas criticized Bersih 2.0 organisers, saying that street demonstrations were not part of Malaysian culture and that it would only cause instability.
“Why must the rally organisers drag the innocent public into their cause? Do they really consider the public's safety and peace when they plan a demonstration?
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