TOKYO: Prime Minister Najib Razak says he will not quit office just because of street protests.
He said he would only accept the will of the people shown via the ballot box.
The Star quoted him as saying: “Any other attempt to overthrow the government before then would be unconstitutional.”
Calling for the rule of law to prevail, Najib hoped there would be no physical clash between the Red Shirts and Bersih 5 rally participants.
He said street protests would only lead to chaos in the country, adding: “We have seen this happening in many countries. Even the so-called Arab Spring was heralded as an era of change, but instead, it caused misery to the people who were involved in the countries concerned.”
He said this to Malaysian journalists as he wrapped up his three-day visit to Japan, Thursday.
On the Red Shirts, The Star quoted Najib as saying: “They have to act according to the law and abide by whatever instructions the police give.
“Obviously, I can’t guarantee anything. My decision has always been that one must respect the rule of law and not create trouble and chaos.”
Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos has said he could not guarantee the actions of his “hungry” supporters during the Bersih 5 rally.
The Bersih 5 rally is expected to start at 10am and end at 6pm on Saturday. -FMT