Najib: Anwar’s call for Australia to intervene in GE shameful

(THE STAR) – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has described Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim‘s request for Australia to intervene in the general election as a shameless act.

The Prime Minuster questioned Anwar’s lack of confidence in Malaysia’s electoral process when the opposition won five states in the last elections.

“Now they say there are 12-year-olds in the electoral roll. If so, show us the proof so we can address the problems, don’t ask a foreign country to intervene, don’t bring shame upon our country,” Najib told a gathering of 1,500 NGOs at the Putra World Trade Centre.

Anwar had petitioned for Australia to intervene in the elections but foreign minister Bob Carr rejected the request.

In an interview, Anwar said people who are ineligible to vote, some of whom were 12-years old, were in the electoral list.

Commenting on Australia’s rejection of Anwar’s request, Najib said:

“Luckily the Australians are wise and said no way, not our business’, because they know they have good relations with us and they know Malaysian leaders.

“But he (Anwar) goes here and there to cucuk (provoke), his cucuk is never-ending.”

Najib said Malaysia was now becoming an example to many nations and in fact, some were jealous of its success and achievements but certain parties in the country were finding fault with the government and making a hue and cry abroad.

“Don’t talk about inside the country, the Bangsamoro also looked up to Malaysia (to end the conflict in the southern Philippines; (for) 40 years, more than 100,000 had died,” he said.

Malaysia facilitated the peace process between the Bangsamoro and the Philippine goverment which culminated in a peace accord being signed by the conflicting parties last month.

“Here, people look for fault in us, (whilst) others are worse.

“In the Unites States, even the presidential election had problems, voters could not find their names at voting booths, late decisions, but nobody said there was big cheating going on, or the selection of (Barack) Obama for the second term was not valid, none..,” he said.

Blasting the opposition who often questioned and disputed the government, Najib said they, however, kept quiet when the opposition wrested five states from the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the last general election in 2008.