KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6, 2015:

Newly appointed Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak has called on opposition politicians to become more mature and not treat any disagreement with any government decision as a reason to take to the streets and riot.

In his latest blog-post, the former Sabah Chief Minister said while the government’s decisions can be questioned and scrutinised by the opposition, its politicians should not resort to asking the people to take to the streets and cause riots to bring down the government.

“This street culture is what brought down governments in many Asian and Middle Eastern countries.

“However, the changes that happened after that were not always for the better and many times the country became even worse,” he said, adding that Malaysia needs a more responsible opposition.

Citing the example of the British government’s latest decision to sell its shares in the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) at a loss, Salleh said that despite objecting to the move, the British opposition did not resort to asking the people to protest and riot so that the government can be brought down through violent means.

“On Aug 3, the British government sold off 5.4% of the shares that it owned in RBS at £3.30 (RM19.93) per share that it bought seven years ago at £5.00 (RM30.20) per share. This resulted in a loss of more than £1 billion (RM6.04 billion) for the UK government.

“This latest move attracted criticism from the opposition that felt the bank should be nationalised instead of privatised. It also questioned the government’s decision to ‘lose’ £1 billion in the sell off,” he said.

As such, Salleh opined that while such things do happen, even in so-called more advanced and transparent countries such as the UK, its opposition can still look at the whole thing with maturity.

“History has shown that any government that is changed through violent means is later also brought down through the same violent means. And Malaysia’s racial balance is too delicate to take such risks.”

Salleh is believed to be responding to the numerous call by opposition leaders for the people to participate in the upcoming Bersih 4.0 rally on Aug 29 and 30, amid corruption allegations against the government.

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