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    Bersih suppression for public good, says Najib

    Najib to BERSIH: Whacking you is for your own and the public's good.

    Since the 50,000 who turned up is part of the public, that's the message, isn't it?


    Bersih suppression for public good, says Najib

    July 25, 2011


    Najib wrote that the country’s balance was delicate and always in need of protection. — file pic

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — Still training his sights on Bersih, Datuk Seri Najib Razak today justified his administration’s response to the July 9 rally by saying it was the government’s duty to safeguard public property and interests.


    Making specific reference to May 13, 1969, the prime minister wrote on his blog at 1malaysia.com.my that the country held on to a “delicate balance [that] needs to be protected and preserved at all times.”

    “Recent events that unfolded in Kuala Lumpur put us through an important test. Our decision as government was to protect the interests and property of the larger community that depend on Kuala Lumpur for their livelihood,” Najib continued.

    His administration’s handling of the Bersih rally has left a blemish on Najib’s image as a moderate Muslim leader, with global media delivering harsh criticism over the suppression of the electoral reform movement.

    Speaking after his return from an eight-day tour of Europe on Friday, Najib also claimed the Bersih movement was a veiled attempt to topple his administration through street demonstrations akin to those that are now claiming Middle Eastern despots.

    “It’s not so much about electoral reform. They want to show us as though we’re like the Arab Spring governments in the Middle East,” he said.

    Bersih claimed that 50,000 people showed up for its rally despite efforts to prevent the gathering from taking place. Police said there were 6,000.

    The protest turned chaotic when police fired tear gas and water cannons at demonstrators, resulting in nearly 1,700 arrests, scores injured and the death of former military man Baharuddin Ahmad, 59.

    The government has promised to investigate allegations of police brutality while the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) will hold a separate public inquiry into police conduct during the rally.
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    Najib's new storyline: Islam, Constitution, May 13.

    Isn't that quaint? The Constitution guaranteed Freedom of Assembly and Najib's actions were precisely designed to frustrate that. How did Islam come into the picture?

    See the parallel with Samuel Johnson's Declaration: Nationalism is the last refuge of the scoundrels.


    Wednesday, 27 July 2011 08:34

    Najib invokes Islam, Constitution, May 13 to justify Bersih clampdown

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    Prime minister Najib Razak has continued to defend the clampdown on electoral reforms group Bersih and its massive July 9 rally, this time saying he was duty-bound to do so in accordance with Islam and the Federal Constitution, among a host of other reasons.

    "According to maqasid syariah, it is the sacred duty of the leader to protect the lives and property of the people. I strive to abide by my duties as dictated by Islam, and by the Constitution," Najib wrote in a posting on his 1Malaysia website, attempting to make a link with a branch of Shariah knowledge on the higher objectives of Islamic law.

    “Recent events that unfolded in Kuala Lumpur put us through an important test. Our decision as government was to protect the interests and property of the larger community that depend on Kuala Lumpur for their livelihood.

    "That day thousands of Malaysians attempted to march through the streets. If this group was allowed to take to the streets, what about others?” asked the UMNO president.

    Najib also mentioned the race riots of May 13, 1969 to justify the government’s clampdown, and reminded that his late father Abdul Razak Hussein had been responsible to restore order then.

    His latest comments echoed right wing UMNO offshoot Perkasa's leader Ibrahim Ali, who said the march would result in racial chaos, and warned Chinese to stay at home on that day. On July 9, however, Ibrahim himself stayed home despite weeks of threats to hold a counter-rally.

    Najib, who left the country with his wife days after more than 1,600 people were hauled into police trucks and brought to detention centres, had earlier accused Bersih of trying to ignite an Arab-style democratic uprising.

    Some 50,000 people thronged city streets defying the police's lockdown of Kuala Lumpur in the hope of thwarting the rally on July 9.

    “It’s not so much about electoral reform. They want to show us as though we’re like the Arab Spring governments in the Middle East,” he had said.

    Faced with rising public disapproval of the way his administration handled Bersih's rally as well as its call for electoral reforms, government ministers have attempted to fight back accusation of police brutality shown on thousands of internet clips and images, by broadcasting pictures on government-controlled television channels depicting rally goers as "provocative".



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    Bersih: I meant Shah Alam stadium, says Najib

    Hazlan Zakaria
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    Premier Najib Abdul Razak said when he offered electoral reform coalition Bersih 2.0 to use a stadium for their rally instead of marching on the streets, he really had Shah Alam Melawati stadium in Selangor in mind.

    "But the offer was rejected and they instead insisted to march on the streets and wanted the Stadium Merdeka,” explained the PM three weeks after the Bersih rally on July 9 that had met with heavy-handed police action.



    "What I had in mind was the Shah Alam Stadium. Since they wanted to gather 100,000 people and it is far away from the city (Kuala Lumpur), so they will be no loss of life or damage to property," Najib told the 500-strong audience at the KL Hilton Sentral.

    He was giving the closing address at the 5th Annual Malaysian Student Leaders Summit at the prestigious hotel in Kuala Lumpur today.



    The PM claimed that his offer of the stadium was proof that there was no attempt at suppressing dissent.

    "It is a fallacy to say that we don't allow. We allow room for dissent," Najib claimed.

    He added that while his government might not mimic the kind of democracy as practised in the US or Europe, there is open discourse in Malaysia.

    During the final days before July 9, Bersih organisers agreed to Najib's offer to gather at a stadium but but were refused a permit for Stadium Merdeka.

    Overseas voting 'constitutional problem'

    Najib also waved off critics of his administration's every move without attempting to understand, maintaining during the question and answer session, that his administration is very committed to electoral reforms.



    "I am committed to electoral reforms, and we will undertake electoral reforms," said the PM without going into details of what he plans to do about the much-criticised Malaysian electoral system.

    Asked when Malaysians students and workers overseas will get a chance to vote, Najib dismissed is as a “constitutional problem” that will require constitutional amendments.

    He said that as of now there is no constitutional provisions for overseas Malaysians who are not of the armed forces or police to vote, and in order to make it possible, they will have to amend the constitution.

    "If there is a need to allow students studying abroad to vote, we will look into it and discuss with the Election Commission," said Najib.

    The PM then said that would be a problem as the BN now did not have two-thirds majority, saying they would have to engage with the opposition in order to do so.

    Admin: I shall be generous and say he is mistaken. Refer to Election Law below.


    ELECTIONS (REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS) REGULATIONS 2002

    IN exercise of the powers conferred by section 15 of the Elections Act 1958 [Act 19], the Election Commission, with the approval of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, makes the following regulations:

    PART I PRELIMINARY

    Citation, application and commencement

    1. (1) These regulations may be cited as the Elections (Registration of Electors) Regulations 2002.

    (2) These Regulations apply throughout Malaysia.

    (3) These Regulations come into operation on 16 July 2002.

    Interpretation

    2. In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires-

    "Chief Registrar", "Registrar", and "Assistant Registrar" mean respectively the Chief Registrar of Electors , Registrar of Electors and Assistant Registrar of Electors appointed under section 8 of the Act;

    "Adjudicating Officer" means an Adjudicating Officer appointed under section 8 of the Act;

    "absent voter" means a citizen who has attained the age of twenty-one years on the qualifying date and is-

    (a) a serving member of any regular naval, military or air force of Malaysia, the Commonwealth or other country;

    (b) the spouse of a serving member of any force referred to in paragraph (a), who elects to become an absent voter;

    (c) in the public service of the Government of Malaysia or of any State or in the service of any local authority or statutory authority exercising powers vested in it by Federal or State law, who is on duty outside the boundaries of Peninsular Malaysia or Sabah or Sarawak;

    (d) the spouse of a person in the public service of the Government of Malaysia or of any State or in the service of any local authority or statutory authority exercising powers vested in it by Federal or State law who is living with her or his husband or wife outside the boundaries of Peninsular Malaysia or Sabah or Sarawak at the date of application for registration as a Parliamentary or State elector,

    (e) engaged in full-time studies at any university, training college or any higher educational institution outside the boundaries of Peninsular Malaysia or Sabah or Sarawak; or

    (f) the spouse of a person engaged in full-time studies at any university, training college or any higher educational institution outside the boundaries of Peninsular Malaysia or Sabah or Sarawak who is living with her or his husband or wife at the date of application for registration as a Parliamentary or State elector.

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