14 Jul '11, 6am

Najib must abandon Mubarak model: Guardian

KUALA LUMPUR - The influential Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom today called the Malaysian government gormless and castigated it for its strong-arm tactics in putting down the Bersih rally, ahead of Datuk Seri Najib Razak's lunch meeting with British PM David Cameron. The newspaper said Datuk Seri Najib will face global backlash for his "characteristic heavy-handedness" in handling last weekend's Bersih rally. Mr Simon Tisdall, the UK daily's assistant editor and foreign affairs columnist, warned Malaysia's leaders in his column against adopting the "Mubarak model." The influential journalist said that while it was unlikely that the country was on the verge of an Arab-style uprising, last Saturday's events could spark a "winter of discontent" on the Najib administration. Describing the Malaysian government as "gormless", Mr Tisdall recounted Saturday's events based...

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