PM Najib: Govt open to criticism if expressed in proper manner

KUALA LUMPUR - The Government is open to any form of criticism as long as this is done in a proper manner, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Speaking to representatives from the Youth Parliament, Najib dismissed allegations that the Govern­ment was autocratic or a dictatorship, saying that it never forced anybody to support it.

"If we think that there is something wrong or not satisfactory, we must say it in a proper manner.

"Please do not express it in the form of street rallies because that is not our cup of tea. Please do not do any rakyat's referendum as it is also not our cup of tea.

"It must be done in line with the Federal Constitution and the rule of law," he said in his speech yesterday.

When it came to defending national sove­reignty, Najib said all parties should not practise double standards.

"When it comes to international laws, we want to defend these but when it comes to local laws, some simply dismiss these.

"It is important to defend the rule of law as it will guarantee the stability and continuity of Malaysia," he said.

All the feedback raised by the representatives, said Najib, would be viewed positively and considered by the Government.

"If there is any good idea, including special discounts for youths to take public transport, we can always consider it.

"Perhaps the MP for Rembau (Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin) or Penge­rang (Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman) could raise the good ideas in the Cabinet."