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Malaysian PM pledges clean, fair election

(Xinhua)

08:44, April 10, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak vowed to hold a clean and fair election as he intensifies efforts to win back voters lost to the opposition ahead of looming polls.

"I'd like to repeat it once more that we will not want to be elected on the basis that we have rigged the elections or manipulated the elections. We want the people to show their support in a fair and clean manner... we have no qualms and no differences as far as objectivity is concerned," he said at a late night Mandarin talk show on Malaysia's ntv7 ahead of widely speculated election within months.

His comment came days after activist groups who drew tens of thousands in a mass rally last July announced plans to hold a fresh protest at the end of this month against what they called the government's lack of commitment in pushing for electoral reform.

The planned protest came on the heels of the parliament's endorsement of a list of reform recommendations to improve the electoral system, which opposition and the activists said, hadn't gone far enough to address the "fundamental issues" like fraud.

He did not say when he would call the election, which is due before the end of the parliamentary mandate in March, but he hinted that he would "decide on the most opportune time when the public is warming up towards us".

Najib, the son of Malaysia's second prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein, came into office in a turbulent year for the governing coalition, the National Front when it dealt the worst blow in history by losing five states to the opposition People's Alliance, and a two-third parliamentary majority in the 2008 election.

The coalition scored the lowest among Malaysian Chinese -- the second largest ethnic group in the multiracial country's 28 million population who swung heavily to the opposition in that election.

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