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Malaysiakini:’Forgotten’ Anwar: Why afraid of me then?

Posted on: February 16, 2008

‘Forgotten’ Anwar: Why afraid of me then?
Beh Lih Yi | Feb 15, 08 11:31pm
(KeADILan)’s de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim today appeared unfazed by remarks made by Umno president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi that the former was not a factor in the elections and has been forgotten by the people.anwar lingam tape pc 081107 extrovert“He said Anwar is nothing. If it’s nothing, why can’t they have the general elections in April?” Anwar told about 500 people at a ceramah in conjunction with his visit to Bandar Baru Ekar in Negri Sembilan this afternoon.

Met by reporters later, Anwar refused to elaborate on Abdullah’s statement, merely saying: “It’s okay. I don’t want to get personal. If he said it’s nothing, then I am okay. It’s a political statement.”

He however said Abdullah has blatantly lied to the people over the dissolution of Parliament due to the latter’s flip-flop stand within 24 hours.

“My experience as a minister is that you would normally say ‘well, I don’t think it’s an appropriate time yet, you can speculate’. It’s safe, people can see you are trying to evade (but now) this is a lie and ministers are not supposed to lie,” he said.

‘Anwar is nothing’

He also argued that the 13 days campaigning period was not sufficient for political parties.

“It’s still not long enough. That is the shortest campaigning period in the world. It’s only relatively longer (compared with the period in recent years).”

Abdullah, who is also the Barisan Nasional chairperson, has announced the dissolution of Parliament on Wednesday despite the term of the government only expiring in May next year.

Polling date was later fixed for March 8 – about a month early of the date that Anwar can contest in the election. He is barred from doing so now due to his six year convictions for corruption.

anwar ibrahim and pak lah 090108This has since elicited criticisms from the opposition party as a bid to stop Anwar – who was a former deputy premier and No 2 in Umno until his infamous sacking in 1998 – from returning to active politics.

Abdullah when asked on the matter yesterday has said: “Forget Anwar Ibrahim. He is nothing.”

Anwar’s (KeADILan) party, of which his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is the president, is fighting hard to regain its representation in Parliament as it only holds one seat after suffering a humiliating defeat in the 2004 general election.

(KeADILan)’s candidate

With firecrackers and a motorbike convoy carrying the (KeADILan) flags, Anwar arrived at the ceramah venue – located in front of the (KeADILan) and its opposition ally DAP’s election operation rooms – at about 5.30pm.

Bandar Baru Ekar falls under the Rembau parliamentary seat, which (KeADILan) is eyeing this time around while Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin is among the candidates tipped to be fielded by BN.

batu talam nominations 170107 khairyNevertheless, Anwar surprisingly did not launch any attack against the Umno rising star during his 30-minute speech although he called on those who turned up at the ceramah to support the party’s candidate, Badrul Hisham Shaharin.

“If (Badrul) wins here, I perhaps can contest here in April or May (through a by-election),” said Anwar, referring to his party’s plan to ensure his return to mainstream politics after the expiry of his ban.

Touching on the elections, he urged the voters to reject corrupted leaders and said that the (KeADILan) will reduce oil price, as well as providing free education till university, if it comes into power together with the other opposition parties.

Anwar had the crowd, majority of whom were Malays and Indians, in stitches throughout his speech, particularly at one point when he retorted a remark purportedly made by MIC president S Samy Vellu.

“He said Anwar is an ‘actor’ (refers to hypocrite). I am an actor, yes, I say I am Sivaji the Boss,” he quipped in referring to the popular Tamil film which hit the box office last year.

“The movie was about a struggle, fighting against corrupted politicians, judges and police. The story is just like what we see in Malaysia,” he said.

‘Give cash, not allocations’

Apart from Anwar and Badrul, those who spoke at the ceramah included state DAP chairperson Anthony Loke, state (KeADILan) chief Kamarul Bahrin Abbas and state PAS Youth chief Taufek Abdul Ghani.

Loke, who is also Rasah state assembly person, told the voters not to fall for the election goodies handed out by BN during election.

“If they promise this allocation and that allocation, tell them don’t give empty promise, just give cash,” he said to a round of thunderous applause from the crowd.

“BN is just a caretaker government now and they have no power to decide on the allocations because it will be decided by the government to comes into power on March 8,” he added.

royal commission vk lingam tape hearing 150108 loh mui fahAnother person who stole the limelight at the ceramah was businessman Loh Mui Fah, who made headlines over his role in the recent Lingam tape inquiry. He arrived with Anwar and was seated on the stage.

Anwar introduced Loh at the beginning of his speech, raising the latter’s hand and called him a “new hero”, with some among the crowd responded by saying “correct, correct, correct”.

Loh however did not express his interest of joining (KeADILan) when asked by reporters.

2 Responses to "Malaysiakini:’Forgotten’ Anwar: Why afraid of me then?"

Yes, ‘Anwar is irrelevant but I won’t let him prove it’ seems to be the message.

Pak Lah tries to be witty at press conferences, but I don’t find it funny anymore.

Look at how the police, which is under one of his ministries, treated the rose-bearing children and his Mr. Nice seems more like Nasty.

Aye!

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On 'Why should Valuecap borrow from EPF?' Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud: MTUC condemns the government's move to bail out Valuecap to support the local stock market using RM5 billion from EPF, as the provident fund is the custodian of the workers' money and not some sort of ‘automated teller machine' for the government.
If at all the EPF were to lend its money to the government, it has to be under the condition that there be transparency and accountability in the activities for which the money has been purposed. We want to know who is doing what with the money that belongs to the workers. This is the hard-earned money of the workers, their retirement plan. How is this bailout plan going to benefit the workers? We also question the reason for this bailout. If the economic fundamentals in Malaysia are strong and reserves sufficient as has been stated several times by the government, then why is there a need to offer so much money to the GLCs? Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop should prove how the EPF would profit from this loan. Bernama had reported that Nor had given the assurance that the loan given out by EPF would reap profits for the fund judging from Valuecap's past performance. But where is the paperwork and calculations to show that this move will benefit the EPF? MTUC is concerned that the loan might be mismanaged or misused and this, in turn, would affect the returns for the contributors. Mere assurances are not enough. We want to proof that this RM5 billion will not go down the drain. (The writer is president, MTUC). Sharyn: The government wants to use our pension money to prop up the Malaysian stock market which is the playing field of the rich people. If so, the government must ensure that the EPF account holders - who are predominantly the poor to average citizens of Malaysia - be guaranteed all of our pension money with a compound 8% growth (interest). It's so selfish and sick of the government to use the poor's pension money to help the rich to make more money with all the risks taken by the poor/average citizen. We can better use the RM% billion loans to Valuecap for our children's education, shelter, medical bills etc. Why not get those rich people to prop up the share market instead? Why should they park their money overseas and gamble with our EPF money instead? Kumar14: Who is behind this Valuecap organisation? Why suddenly, this separate entity is allowed to access funds from the EPF? Are they capable enough to handle it or is it just another desperate and blind move? It has been a very infamous trend where the people's funds are channeled to a company for investment purposes and suddenly POP! the funds disappear and there is nobody to be held responsible but a RM2 shell company. Charge who? Sue whom? The RM2 company (just a registered name)? We have seen this many times. People in power and with connections allow such things to go through and reap/rob the people's wealth and then blame it on organisations which actually don't exist. What if a lot of EPF funds are looted via such scams and nobody is to be pointed at? Where will the government get the funds to replenish the EPF? The people are very bored, disappointed, angry and frustrated at seeing all these dumb and unaccounted for measures being allowed by the government with lame excuses. Please, somebody verify the true purpose, integrity and capability of anybody attempting to use the people's fund.

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