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Malaysiakini: Anwar: PM creating state of fear

Posted on: January 10, 2008

Anwar: PM creating state of fear
Athi Veeranggan | Jan 9, 08 7:46pm
PKR’s de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim wants Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to explain why the former has been branded as a threat to the national security.

“Pak Lah, please explain why I’m a threat to the national security? Why I’m the public enemy No 1?” asked Anwar today at a press conference in Penang.

Anwar, a former deputy premier and finance minister, said that he was told that Abdullah had branded him as such to a group of Malay NGOs during a national security council meeting at Putrajaya on Tuesday.

Anwar claimed that Abdullah had told the group that he (Anwar) was a national threat and a traitor of the Malay community.

He added that the premier did so to create an atmosphere of fear in the run-up to the forthcoming general election.

Anwar said that he was labelled as such due to his support to non-Malay cause and struggle for justice, notably the recent Hindu Rights Action Front (Hindraf) awareness campaign among Indian community in the country.

Anwar said that he learnt that Abdullah had informed the Malay NGOs that the government was accumulating evidence to prove Anwar’s threat to the national security.

BN’s fear factor

Anwar dismissed Abdullah’s allegations as baseless and malicious, adding that the premier had singled him out as a threat to the national security simply because he was a major threat to the ruling party.

“Is this what the Islam Hadhari that Pak Lah espouses? He owes me and fellow Malaysians an explanation,” said Anwar.

The PKR leader said the Abdullah must realise that the political landscape and thinking among all races had changed dramatically and drastically over the past 40 years.

“We are now talking politics in a multi-racial society. So how could an issue pertaining to Indian and Chinese affairs become a threat to Malays?” he asked.

Anwar cautioned that although BN’s fear factor was not a new political game, nonetheless it was becoming much more vicious than before.

“The people should reject the unhealthy tactic of instilling fear among voters and the threat of Internal Security Act with the general election being just around the corner,” he said.

DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang, who was also at the press conference, chipped in to say that Abdullah should substantiate his accusation with evidence.

“BN should stop playing politics of fear and intimidation, and politicise the national security. The opposition parties are equally patriotic, if not more than, BN leaders.

“We will not allow the national security to be compromised for political gain,” he said.

2 Responses to "Malaysiakini: Anwar: PM creating state of fear"

Malaysian society is unique with various races working and living together. The only threat that can disturb the harmony is the lobsided system that has changed over the years.

If Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is a traitor or threat to the country, then all those who believe in him will be tainted by the same brush.

In any democratice country, Opposition parties must exist and be effective because the people’s voice must be heard. As in Malaysia today, tha Barisan government has failed in many aspects especially the inability to fight corruption.

When the people want to have a change of government, it is the people’s choice. If the ruling government wants to ratain power, then let the past five years of governance speak by itself without fear.

It is to everybody’s knowledge that politics cannot be clean, but politicians who speak with malicious intent, it is again up to the people to judge. If Datuk Seri Anwar is a traitor, then there are many politicians in the ruling government or Oppositions are traitors too, so are the people who believe in any one of them.

Confront Malaysia
The Pioneer Edit Desk (Jan. 9, 2008)

The Government of Malaysia is rapidly taking its anti-Indian and anti-India bias — which is really official policy to stamp out Hindu culture, faith and identity from that Muslim majority country — to absurd limits. On Tuesday, the Malaysian Government has made public its offensive policy of imposing a ban on Indian workers, including temple priests. It is believed that the work permits of Indians who are working in Malaysia will not be renewed. A ban has also been imposed on employing “non-Malaysian” in airports. Curiously, this obnoxious decision was taken on December 18, but kept under wraps — possibly because the Malaysian Government did not want to derail Defence Minister AK Antony’s visit to Kuala Lumpur from which Malaysians stand to gain by way of India training their security forces.
http://malayindians.blogspot.com/2008/01/india-should-confront-malaysia-on.html

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