As reported by Malaysian Insider portal:
Asked on Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s call for independent observers from Australia to monitor the next general election in the country, Dr Mahathir said: “If it is the white man, he will trust. If its Malays, it is otherwise.”
It was Dr M who agreed with suggestion from Opposition Leader Tengku Razaleigh to invite Commonwealth observers to observe the 1990 general elections in Malaysia. Dr M didn’t have objection then. But now he has-and the objection is strange: if he really object to observers on racial ground alone-then Australia can send a full black observer team to observe Malaysia’s elections! But would Malaysia agree then? Actually many other countries can send a non-white team of observers if Malaysia can agree to let them in officially!
So: the real reason for rejecting observer is simply that:
Some politicians do want to hide something!
At the last visit of the observer the observation result was that Malaysian elections were free but not fair. The verdict probably cause the observers to be the last ones allowed in! But would the world then be kept from knowing that the elections are not free and fair????