(The Malaysian Insider) - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today the Bersih electoral reform protest had threatened the haj pilgrimage quota of Malaysia’s Muslims, and tarnished the country’s image.
“We support demonstrations, but only when they are done peacefully and in accordance with our religious principles. When some of them protested in Mecca and Medina, our image as Malaysians, as Muslims, was tarnished.
“The Saudi government even threatened to pull back our quota,” he said.
Najib explained the seriousness of this issue by stating that thousands who have waited even up to 15 years would not have been able to go for their haj pilgrimage.
“Because of Bersih, we could have faced a suspension for this year, or even three years. They are destructive towards the needs of Malaysian Muslims,” he said.
He also stated that those who protested for Bersih in Mecca and Medina probably “got less education”.