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M'sian PM hopes for stability in Thailand
Sun, Mar 21, 2010
The Star/Asia News Network

KUALA LIPIS, MALAYSIA: PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has expressed hope that political stability will return to Thailand.

He said that as Malaysia's close neighbour, political stability in Thailand was important to the country.

"This is an internal matter so I don't wish to say much. We hope that this will not affect us. So far, it has not," he told reporters after opening the Rural and Regional Development Ministry's 50th anniversary at Dataran Lipis here yesterday.

Asked whether Malaysia would step up security at the border, Najib said so far the crisis had not affected the security of the people in the country.

"The security measures are sufficient but we will keep track of the situation," he said.

Thailand is mired in fresh crisis after tens of thousands of anti-government protesters took position in the capital city, Bangkok, to pressure the government to dissolve parliament and call for fresh polls.

In another development later, Najib who is Barisan Nasional chairman, said component parties had nothing to worry about the position of the new Makkal Sakti party.

He said the party, which was barely six months old, was a friend of the coalition, and a vote for the party was as good as a vote for Barisan.

"The people want to vote for Barisan in their own way. Some want to vote through MIC, some through PPP, or Gerakan, or Makkal Sakti.

"What is important is a big win for Barisan," he said at a meet-the-people session organised by Makkal Sakti.

Najib said the Indian community was gradually returning its support for Barisan.

"They know their future is assured under Barisan. The oppposition has made all kinds of promises but did not fulfil them," he said.

Makkal Sakti president R.S. Thanenthirran said the party would work to regain the Indian community's support for Barisan.

"We will help Barisan get the votes in the next general election," said Thanenthirran, a former coordinator of the now-banned Hin-draf.

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