PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad expressed gratitude that the transition of power in the country was smooth without any violence.
He said riots and violence resulted in people being killed in other countries, especially when the ruling party was defeated by the Opposition in elections.
“We have seen this in Middle Eastern countries, when changes in government took place, from monarchies to dictatorships, and then to democratic systems and holding elections, but failed to establish a credible government.
“'Alhamdullilah' (Thank God), in Malaysia, despite the change of government, there was no violence, killing and so on.
"This is something we have to be thankful for and be grateful for the peace in this country,” he said at the breaking-of-the-fast event at the Malaysian Islamic Welfare Organisation (Perkim) here on Friday.
He added that the upheavals in other countries post-elections should be a lesson to always be a good and effective government.
In the general election on May 9, Dr Mahathir, who is Pakatan Harapan chairman, led the Opposition coalition to unseat the ruling Barisan Nasional, which had been in power for six decades.
Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir also urged the Malays and Muslims in the country to set aside their political differences to avoid disunity.
He said they need to stay united and hold fast to the teachings of Islam as prescribed in the Quran and authentic Hadith. - Bernama