Don’t play with fire, Muhyiddin warns opposition

(Bernama) – TEMERLOH, March 4 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has warned the opposition not to play with fire by instigating the people to topple the government similar to the uprising taking place in some Middle Eastern countries.

The deputy prime minister said the attempt by opposition leaders to compare Malaysia with the situation in the turmoil-hit countries smacks of irresponsibility. 

“This act of provocation by the opposition, to me, is irresponsible, undemocratic and deliberately done to create chaos when everyone knows the actual situation is peaceful and the country is prosperous and progressing rapidly. 

“The people are also enjoying a higher level of development compared to those countries,” he told reporters after attending a get-together with the people in Kampung Badok here. 

Muhyiddin’s (picture) comment came in the wake of a series of ceramah by opposition leaders during the campaign for the Merlimau and Kerdau state by-elections in Malacca and Pahang respectively, which appeared to be attempting to rally the people to demonstrate against the government like what was happening in the Middle East. 

Muhyiddin said the opposition should be sincere when comparing Malaysia with those crisis-stricken countries. 

“They can compare, but theirs is not a correct comparison; it’s more like engaging in acts of provocation, like playing with fire, instigating the people to rise against the government,” he said. 

Muhyiddin said the BN government had always been practising policies which allowed the people to convey their views or draw the government’s attention on matters which the government should address. 

“Ours is a vibrant democracy where every five years we call for an election. They (the opposition) are also able to win seats, and then there are by-elections which we have won and they have lost, and there are also those that we have lost. 

“It has also been amply proven that this country of ours is a democratic country, a country which is not govern in any autocratic or dictatorial way; so if the president of another country is to be compared with Malaysia’s leader, we really cannot make the comparison,” he said. 

Asked what the government would do to deal with the matter, Muhyiddin said the country had its security law to ensure the situation would not worsen. 

“We are warning them, don’t play with fire. We have a system as well as the authorities to maintain the country’s peace and security … these are established institutions. 

“Notwithstanding this, we wish to remind the people not to destroy the country because of provocations by the opposition. 

“The opposition’s objective is to create disorder, nothing else. They fancy seeing the country breaking into pieces, seeing racial clashes; so they provoke, an utterly irresponsible attitude,” he said. 

The Kerdau by-election on Sunday is a straight fight between BN’s Syed Ibrahim Syed Ahmad and PAS’s Hassanuddin Salim. — Bernama