KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is not authoritarian as Malaysia upholds parliamentary democracy, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said Malaysians had the choice to choose the government they wanted every five years but political stability was necessary between each general election.
“Thank God, the present Government had enough majority. Claims by certain parties that the Government would fall did not materialise when last year’s budget was passed in the Parliament with a large majority,” he said in response to the latest criticism by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Dr Mahathir claimed Malaysia was becoming a dictatorship like North Korea after access to a news portal was restricted by the Government.
Najib was speaking while opening the Muhibbah Community Complex and the 1Wilayah Persekutuan Kenduri programme at Kampung Muhibbah in Puchong yesterday.
He also pointed out other Bills were passed, stressing that “we are not worried in terms of political stability” while urging the public to work with the Government to ensure no one threatened this.
As head of the administration, Najib said maintaining the country’s security was among his top priorities besides good economic governance and ensuring benefits reached the people.
He also urged the public to support the authorities in combating all forms of crime, violence and extremism.
“Security is the main pillar of any nation because without security, it is impossible to bring development. In fact, we may not be able to sleep tight each night if we don’t feel safe,” he said in a Bernama report.
Later, Najib officiated the opening of the Kuala Lumpur Homeless Transit Centre in Jalan Pahang.
The idea for the centre was initiated by the Federal Territories Ministry and the facility was built as part of Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad’s (MRCB) corporate social responsibility before it was handed to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall on Jan 29.
To date, 141 people – 111 men and 20 women – are registered with the transit centre.