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Najib’s sister-in-law call Government to address Public Confidence

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May 7: A call for prime minister Najib Razak’s administration to take heed of the huge turnout at the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28 has come from none other than the wife of his brother.

Writing in news portal The Malaysian Insider, Azlina Aziz, wife of Najib’s brother Nazir Razak who heads the CIMB banking group, said the government must address the crisis of public confidence in the electoral process by appointing a number of respectable Malaysians to oversee the coming general elections.

“Surely a quick and effective step to improve public confidence would be the appointment of a few upstanding Malaysians, who command the respect of all parties, to be entrusted with overseeing the general election,” she suggested.

Stressing on the importance of public confidence in the electoral process which can “avoid an aftermath of anger, dissent and disorder that the unfolding of Bersih 3.0 seems to suggest”, Azlina warned that the results of the next general election could be open to challenge.

“It is time for engagement, for listening, for cutting the invisible barbed wires that separate ‘them’ and ‘us’ and extending a hand over the divide to those who may disagree with your views but have as much of a stake and future in the country as you do,” said Azlina, who said she and her husband toured Dataran Merdeka on the eve of the protests and “went home that evening with a deep sense of foreboding and unease”.

“We were shocked, to say the least, by the expanse of barbed wire encircling the square. The vision of protestors on one side and the police on the other, separated by barricades and sharp steel, seems to symbolise division, confrontation, aggression,” she wrote. Some 200,000 people gathered for the Bersih 3.0 rally in several parts of the capital on April 28, calling for urgent electoral reforms be carried out before the next general election. More than 500 protesters were arrested and scores injured, including policemen and journalists.