PM: M’sians fed up of Ber­sih

> Prin­ci­ple of law must be up­held to avert chaos, says Na­jib

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LIMA: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Abdul Razak said Malaysians have be­come fed up with the Ber­sih elec­toral re­form group and feel that its ral­lies do not bring any ben­e­fit to the coun­try.

On the Ber­sih 5 rally in Kuala Lumpur on Satur­day, he said the at­tempt to top­ple the government through ral­lies was con­sti­tu­tion­ally and legally wrong.

“We Malaysians must up­hold the prin­ci­ple of the rule of law. Oth­er­wise, there will be chaos in the coun­try and the peo­ple will suf­fer,” he told Malaysian jour­nal­ists cov­er­ing the Asia Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion (APEC) Lead­ers’ Meet­ing 2016 here on Satur­day.

On the pres­ence of Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad at the rally, Na­jib said it showed Ma­hathir would en­gage in ac­tiv­i­ties con­trary to what he did when he was prime min­is­ter, Ber­nama re­ported.

He also said Ma­hathir’s com­ments about the national econ­omy were un­sub­stan­ti­ated po­lit­i­cal rhetoric, with­out the sup­port of facts from in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund or the World Bank.

“If we are in an eco­nomic cri­sis, surely the rat­ing agen­cies would lower our rat­ing.

“The IMF and World Bank would is­sue crit­i­cisms and dis­cuss mea­sures the government has to adopt,” he said.

Na­jib said the ab­sence of such ac­tion by the in­ter­na­tional agen­cies showed that the coun­try was be­ing well-gov­erned.

“There is no rea­son for us to be anx­ious,” he said.

On another is­sue, Na­jib met Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull and later said Aus­tralia had sought co­op­er­a­tion with Malaysia to curb the refugee is­sue af­fect­ing Aus­tralia fol­low­ing the in­flux of mi­grants.

“Among the meth­ods of co­op­er­a­tion is the ex­change of in­tel­li­gence re­ports and in­ter­dic­tion, which is to take ac­tion if th­ese mi­grants passed through our ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters,” he said.

Na­jib said Aus­tralia also ex­pressed in­tent to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion against ter­ror­ism threats.

He said the re­gion might face new threats if Mo­sul is re­taken by Iraq and cause Is­lamic State fight­ers to re­turn to South­east Asia.

On a bi­lat­eral meet­ing with Pa­pua New Guinea Prime Min­is­ter Peter O’Neill, Na­jib said his coun­ter­part had in­vited Petronas to look into the pos­si­bil­ity of de­vel­op­ing on­shore nat­u­ral gas ar­eas in that coun­try.

... The prime min­is­ter's wife Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor speaks with wives of other heads of state (from left) Bron­agh Key (New Zealand), Peng Liyuan (China) and Lynda Babao O'Neill (Pa­pua New Guinea) dur­ing a lun­cheon hosted by Peru­vian First Lady Nancy Lange (right) at the Muz­ium Larco in Lima, Peru, yes­ter­day.

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