Fri, Nov 30, 2012 - Page 6 News List

Malaysian PM warns voters over next election

AP, KUALA LUMPUR

Delegates and members of Malaysia’s ruling United Malays National Organization party wave banners during the annual general assembly in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Photo: AFP

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak warned voters yesterday that their country risks economic collapse if the opposition wins national elections that must be held by the middle of next year.

Najib opened his ruling party’s annual congress with a forceful speech urging supporters to brace for what is expected to be one of the nation’s most intensely fought elections since independence from Britain in 1957.

Najib accused the opposition in a nationally televised speech of banking on false promises to sway voters. He predicted the national debt would soar and Malaysia would lose its economic sovereignty within three years if the opposition wins power.

“Without accurate, careful and critical evaluation, changing the government would be like trusting the mouse to repair the pumpkin, or the wolf to safeguard the sheep,” Najib told thousands of party officials at the party’s headquarters.

Najib must dissolve parliament by the end of April next year to pave the way for the elections.

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