Anwar Ibrahim: Kenyataan Media
Posted September 24, 2008on:
, 23 SEPTEMBER 2008
On Tuesday I met with Pakatan Rakyat leadership from PAS in Kota Bharu, Kelantan and from DAP in . Kelantan Mentri Besar and PAS President Hajji Hadi Awang reaffirmed their commitment to the spirit and the goals of the coalition and
expressed his satisfaction in the progress being made to strengthen and
broaden the consensus among the Pakatan Rakyat parties and supporters
We also discussed the next steps that Pakatan Rakyat should take
towards forming a government that reflects the support of the majority
of Members of Parliament. Abdullah Badawi’s failure to accede to our request for an emergency session of Parliament represents another attempt by the UMNO-led BN government to sabotage and scuttle the democratic process.
Nevertheless I along with my colleagues in Pakatan remain confident
that the people’s desire for change shall soon be attained. We will
proceed cautiously towards our goals and we agreed neither to be
provoked into hasty action nor to take an irresponsible approach that
would lead to instability and greater uncertainty in country. I am not
aware of any negotiations taking place between Pakatan Rakyat and the
Prime Minister—statements made yesterday suggesting that a line of
communication was open were misinformed.
There is a crisis of confidence in the current leadership of the
nation at a time when the Malaysian people are demanding solutions for
the highest increases in prices in two decades, increasing joblessness
and the dramatic decline in investor confidence.
While the newly appointed
boasts that the country is in sound economic standing, the facts tell a
different story. In 2008 already over RM 125 billion has been
withdrawn from the country by investors weary of a government that has
failed to implement a single reform to ensure judicial independence and that continues to use draconian laws such as the ISA to detain its citizens without due process of law.
basic reforms are cornerstones of Pakatan Rakyat’s vision to revive the
economy, to create more growth and good jobs for Malaysian people, to
attract foreign investment, and to ensure adherence to constitutional
guarantees including the position of Islam as the religion of the
federation, the freedom to practice other religions, Bahasa Melayu as
the national language
and the freedom to practice mother tongue languages, and the status of
the Malay kings and the special position of the Malays and bumiputera.
De-facto leader, Keadilan