Kuala Lumpur - Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today urged against a change of government in Malaysia as the present administration has turned the nation into the "envy" of others.
Referring to the Arab Spring, he said that Malaysians cannot allow such an uprising to take place here.
"Why fix it (the government) if it's not broken? It's not broken, far from it. Our country is the envy of many other nations," he said.
"If we are a failed state then how is it that even the Moros (Muslims in southern Philippines) look to us for peace after 40 years of bloodshed?"
He was addressing about 2,000 people at the state-sponsored NGO gathering ‘Himpunan Barisan 1Malaysia' at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) today.
The PM said that the situation in the nations which underwent regime change during the Arab Spring is far different from Malaysia, where the youth are "full of hope of a future that is far better than today".
He said that the government has also provided all sorts of incentives to the people, and can give more if the nation is well governed.
"Lately we have raised salaries, allowances and pensions, given the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) 1, BR1M 2, which also available to singles and even given free car tyres.
"What else do you want? More can be given, and we will give more in the future on the condition that the nation is governed well," he said.
And this, he said, cannot be done through "empty promises" like those mentioned in the opposition's manifesto document the Buku Jingga - or "Buku Jing-gay, as others say" quipped the PM.
Political rally in thin disguise
In what sounded like a speech meant for a political rally, Najib said that the opposition makes a lot of claims about irregularities during polls, but said even the United States presidential elections had problems.
"But do they cry fraud and and denounce Obama's victory? When they (Pakatan) won five states, they kept quiet, but now they have started again by claiming there are 12-year-olds on the roll.
"Show proof and we'll fix it. Don't go crying to other countries, embarrassing our country by going to Australia for help. It's good that the Australians are smart and said 'No way'," he said.
Referring to PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim's reported appeal to Australia to intervene in the upcoming polls that the latter claims is being rigged, Najib accused Anwar of liking to instigate others against Malaysia.
To drive his point, the BN chief cracked an off-colour joke playing on sodomy allegations against Anwar, without mentioning names.
"He goes here and there, and 'pokes' people (against the Malaysian government).
"He's not done with his poking... so maybe that's why they built this rostrum like a cage - to protect me," he said to laughter.
According to organising secretariat chief Ahmad Maslan (left), the event costs "less than RM500,000" and was sponsored by the government and other organisations.
While earlier insisting that it is a non-partisan event for nation-building and had nothing to do with BN's election campaign, Ahmad, who is also Umno information chief, in his speech today revealed that the event was organised by the "information secretariat and the Umno Overseas Club alumni".
The goodie bags handed out to the members of the 1,500-odd NGOs participating also included a notebook by the Umno Overseas Club alumni organisation, plus leaflets on the 1Malaysia concept.
Among the individuals on stage, believed to be guests of honour, were anti-Pakatan Rakyat grassroots speaker Umi Hafilda Ali, former PKR member S Nallakarupan dan Mohd Ali Baharom, who led a butt exercise in front of Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga's home earlier this year.
Nallakarupan and Umi were seated in the front row, along with the PM's wife Rosmah Mansor.
Also spotted among the attendees was Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali, while BN leaders on stage included Umno Wanita chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and PPP head M Kayveas.
Meanwhile, the Umno Overseas Club organisation also announced that it collected more than RM10,000 from the audience today to be donated to the Gaza humanitarian effort.--Courtesy of Malaysiakini