By Clara Chooi
PUTRAJAYA, May 3 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak today brushed off speculation that national polls may be delayed following the Bersih 3.0 fracas, saying the date would be decided on how the people view the government.
Several foreign media reports have predicted that the Najib administration may have to postpone the 13th general election due to a possible negative backlash on the government over its handling of last Saturday's protest.
But the prime minister, responding to the speculation at a press conference here, smiled when posed the question and said, "The date of the election is not contingent upon all this."
He then turned on reporters instead to ask for their preferred polls date and laughed when it was suggested that elections should be called as soon as possible.
"Well, it’s up to the public to decide. We will decide on the basis of how the people view the government, you see," he said.
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