KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the fact that there were no more street demonstrations and illegal gatherings was better for the country.

"When there is no rioting and demonstration, the country is safe. This is better for the businessmen and entrepreneurs as well as investment," he said when asked to comment on the absence of street demonstrations and illegal gatherings, demanding reform and justice for the former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of Anwar's arrest and detention following anti-government demonstration in the federal capital. He is serving sentence for corruption and sodomy.

Abdullah, who is also Home Minister, said the fact that the reform movement had stopped organising demonstration could reflect anything on its supporters.

"It can reflect anything as far as they are concerned. Maybe they are tired, maybe they plan to concentrate on other things, maybe to them that it is not worthwhile doing it anymore. It could be thousand and one things," he said.

He said the important thing was to ensure peace prevailed in the country as there many more things to be done for the country's development.

Abdullah, who is also Umno deputy president, said the youths who were once supporters of the reform movement were also no longer interested.

He said many youths including Umno members who were once supporters and members of the Parti Keadilan Nasional (Keadilan) were no longer involved in such activities.

In fact, many of the Keadilan supporters had left the party and joined Umno, he said.