(File pix) Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that although the Pakatan Harapan government allowed street demonstrations, it was only through elections that the government could be changed. NSTP/ Mohamad Shahril Badri Saali

KUALA LUMPUR: Demonstrations can never topple a democratically elected government, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He said that although the Pakatan Harapan government allowed street demonstrations, it was only through elections that the government could be changed.

"If elections are set aside, instead we follow what the demonstrators want, democracy will not surface. While we allow demonstrations, small or big, demonstrations by themselves cannot bring down the government.

“What can bring down the government is elections,” he said during an interview on TV talk show Bicara Khas Bersama Perdana Menteri, on RTM1 on Monday night.

He was commenting on the anti-ICERD (International Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Racism) turned “thanksgiving” rally by the opposition in the federal capital on Saturday.

The prime minister also said elections could be held earlier to gauge the people’s support if it was clear the existing government had failed. --Bernama

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