Nazri: Bersih organisers suffering from 'short circuit'
"There is no other way to describe the move by Bersih and opposition political parties such as Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and DAP for organising and participating in the gathering, he said in reply to a supplementary question from Che Azmi Abdul Rahman (BN-Kuala Nerus) in the Dewan Rakyat (Parliament) today.
"How can we say that there is no fairness? I can understand that if (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim lost the election and said that it was not fair. This is after winning and yet he says it is not fair.
"That is why I say that they are suffering from 'wayar putus' in their head."
Nazri said the gathering was organised by the Opposition as a "smokescreen to their expected loss in the next (general) election".
"They are going to lose, and they are going to lose badly in the next elections," he said.
"So, when they lose later, they can blame the Election Commission for not being fair."
Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur), in a supplementary question, said the demand of Bersih and the opposition parties was serious and did not amount to playing politics.
"This was in regards to the shortcomings of the electoral list and the postal votes which are unfair," he said.
He said the gathering involving thousands showed their commitment to democracy and their love for a just and democratic system.
"Will the government look into the demands and come out with a positive response instead of an irresponsible response?" he asked.
"We can be sympathetic to the protest by the Buddhist monks in Myanmar. Here, why are they afraid when it comes to being fair?"
Nazri retorted: "That was an illegal gathering. That is a man who is suffering from 'wayar putus' who is talking and who is irresponsible."
He said that in Myanmar, the Buddhist monks were protesting for the restoration of democracy in a country where the people are being oppressed.
"Here, there is democracy," Nazri said, stressing that the democratic principles in this country are practiced through the electoral process.
"It is unfair for the opposition to drag the King into the picture. Don’t drag the king into the picture," he said
"The King supports us. The rakyat supports us, that is why they (the Opposition) are afraid of facing the upcoming election."
To the original question from Che Azmi, on whether the government will promulgate a law to make it compulsory for all citizens who have reached the age of 21 years to be automatically registered as voters, Nazri said by virtue of Provision12 (2) of the Electoral regulations (Voter Registration) a Malaysian citizen who wishes to register as a voter would need to make an application by filling in Borang A.
"To date, the EC has no intention of changing the law for automatic registration to be implemented, as it is not appropriate to be implemented."
He said this was because a major portion of Malaysian citizens who have moved from their permanent address did not inform the National registration Department of the change.