Published: Saturday January 12, 2013 MYT 5:54:00 PM
Updated: Saturday January 12, 2013 MYT 5:55:19 PM
No need to hold gatherings to voice out demands, says Pak Lah
TASEK GELUGOR: The opposition's move to hold a gathering as a medium to voice out their demands should not become a normal practice as it can bring about negative impact to various quarters, said Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Commenting on the Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, the former prime minister said not all people were keen on supporting such a move and the opposition should not encourage the public to participate.
"They (opposition) have done this too many times and every time, the crowd was not as large as they had hoped. There's no need to do this again. It only brings about negative impact.
"Even traders and business owners affected by the gathering have made it clear that they cannot support such move anymore," he told reporters after opening the 14th anniversary celebration of Seni Silat Gayung Fatani Association of Malaysia here.
Abdullah said instead of resorting to holding a gathering, the opposition could use other medium to voice out their demands, including by handing over a memorandum to the government.
If it is really necessary for them to hold a gathering, they should hold it at an approved location and to ensure that the gathering is peaceful, he added.
In KELANTAN, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed described the gathering as a risky approach which could tarnish the image of the country in the eyes of the world, besides damaging the future economic climate.
"We are a peaceful nation and the government has also resolved many issues, especially concerning the general election through the Election Commission," he told reporters after chairing the Kelantan Umno liaison committee meeting.
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