ANWAR ON TOUR
The Lahad Datu blame game
Meanwhile, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim told the 5,000-strong crowd that the federal government is trying to put him in jail by claiming that he had instigated the ongoing Sabah incursion.
“To me, the media is trying to slandar me with the Lahad Datu issue. Maybe they are trying to bring me there.
“They are threatening me yet again. But I say: I will face it. I won’t back down,” he said.
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ANWAR AT A CERAMAH IN PENANG to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the landmark March 8, 2008 election that saw the Opposition sweep to unprecedented prominence in Malaysia.
Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:19
On the cusp of GE13: Anwar urges M’sians to embrace “new realities”, tells Dr M to SHUT UP!
Written by Wong Choon Mei, Alaa Soleiman, Malaysia Chronicle
GEORGETOWN – Widely expected by a large cross-section of the people to form and lead the country’s next federal government, a humble Anwar Ibrahim reminded his Opposition coalition to fulfill its pledges of bringing change to Malaysia. He vowed to root out corruption, injustice and racial prejudice, urging the people to accept and “live with new realities”.
“In the past 6 months I have traveled all around the country and I have seen this developing. How do you explain this phenomenon. Do you think this is because of Anwar or because of Guan Eng or because of Ustaz Hadi or because of DAP or Keadilan or PAS,” Anwar told a wildly-cheering crowd of more than 50,000 people on Friday night.
“This is beyond that. This is the people’s awakening, you demand change. This comes from the people who want change. And this must be understood by the government. And also by us. We must honor this commitment. It is not a matter of replacing the prime minister or ministers or the government but to honor the commitment to return the dignity to the Malays, the Chinese, Indians, Dayaks and Kadazans… to give them back their rights and dignity as citizens of this country.”
ANWAR SPEAKS ABOUT HIS NUMEROUS ENCOUNTERS WITH THE CHINESE
“Dr Mahathir says if Anwar becomes the PM, he will sell the country to the Chinese. Najib says he can understand the Chinese in BN but the Chinese in the DAP, they are the worst. For me, I have the most experience – with the Chinese in Gerakan, the Chinese in MCA and I am proud to work with the Chinese in DAP because they have principles and integrity. And this is something the Malays must understand. We cannot develop the country with this type of prejudice. We cannot raise our country with this sort of prejudice. We have to live with new realities.”
“We reject Malay racism, we won’t allow that to be replaced by Chinese racism or Indian racism. We will have to create a new Malaysian awareness and spirit.”
Politik Ganas SAMSENG UMNO MELAKA!!!
Saifuddin noted that this is the sixth attack on the bus since it was launched in August last year. Previous attacks have taken place in Perak, Johor and Kelantan, whereas this incident marks their second attack in Malacca.
In yet another incident of political violence, several Pakatan Rakyat supporters and two police officers were injured at a ceramah last night in Bukit Katil, Malacca after it was disrupted by thugs said to be from Umno.
PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said that in the incident, at about 9pm, rocks and other projectiles were hurled at the party’s ‘Jelajah Merdeka’ campaign bus, thereby shattering its windows.
He told a press conference that the resulting glass shards fell onto the party de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, his bodyguard, and other staff – some of whom suffered minor cuts.
However, Anwar, who was descending the staircase of the double-decker bus at the time, escaped unhurt.
The Machang MP said Anwar was among those who were hit by glass shards when alleged Umno supporters threw rocks at the bus as it was leaving the ceramah.
More violence as Umno ‘supporters’ attack PKR bus, Anwar
UPDATED @ 01:11:56 PM 08-03-2013
By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
March 08, 2013
PETALING JAYA, March 8 — Umno supporters were again linked to yet another attack on Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders and their supporters, this time at a ceramah in Bukit Katil, Malacca last night where a scuffle broke out and a bus carrying Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was pelted with rocks.
PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution told reporters here last night’s violence was the sixth incident, and the second in Malacca, since the federal opposition coalition launched its “Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat (People’s Merdeka Tour)” campaign last year. The Machang MP said Anwar was among those who were hit by glass shards when alleged Umno supporters threw rocks at the bus as it was leaving the ceramah. Several PR supporters, including two police officers, were said to have been injured by the scuffle.
PKR and its supremo remained unfazed by the menace though Hishammuddin’s dereliction came in for caustic comment by a slew of speakers at a sold-out dinner organised by the party in Skudai last night.
Mammoth dinner crowd
Sundry other incidents of a threatening tenor also occurred on the bus’s Johor sojourn yesterday, but PKR and its supremo remained unfazed by the menace though Hishammuddin’s dereliction came in for caustic comment by a slew of speakers at a sold-out dinner organised by the party in Skudai last night.
Attended by 8,000 people – the largest subscription-paying crowd to turn up for an opposition party-organised function in the state ever – the speakers told the crowd that their size was an augury of the altered balance of political power to come at the general election.
“I have heard it on good authority,” hollered Chua Jui Meng, the PKR state chief, “that Umno expects the opposition to win nine to 10 parliamentary seats here.”
“This is an Umno bastion but it will soon be its burial ground,” asserted the former MCA-appointed minister with what, from the size and enthusiasm of the crowd, was understandable hyperbole.
Johor has 26 parliamentary and 56 state seats. The opposition bagged one federal seat (DAP took Bakri) and five state seats (DAP, four and PAS, one).
Those figures are set for inflation at the polls in which Hishammuddin is expected to move from his Sembrong bailiwick to Kota Tinggi, a move that of itself is a sign of his and his party’s vulnerability.
There will be no guarantee of security for PKR’s nationwide Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat tour, says Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussien.
“No need for guarantees. It is decided by the people of Johor themselves.
“I think PKR knows this and can judge for itself from what is happening there,” he told Malaysiakini when asked about this on the sidelines of the Home Ministry’s open house in Putrajaya today.
PKR’s campaign tour bus was splashed with red paint while on its Johor leg today, the third such incident in the two weeks since it started the tour on Aug 31.
Asked whether he thought so because PKR went into Johor mindful of the risks of being in a state widely considered to be an Umno fortress, Hishammuddin replied that politics was all about taking risks.
“If even the calculated risks are a no-go, that means it is not their place to be there. The people of Johor will decide,” he said.
PKR’s double-decker campaign bus was splashed with red paint again, for the third time, while party de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim was on his tour to Johor this afternoon.
According to Johor PKR chief Chua Jui Meng, the vehicle was attacked outside a mosque in Tangkak, Johor.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Tangkak PKR operations room, Chua said Anwar was performing his prayers at the mosque at that time.
N Suendran: UMNO Is Legalizing Criminal Conduct By Supporters
PKR seeks to meet IGP over political gangsterism
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 —PKR wants to meet the federal police chief over the spread of “gangster culture” in politics and the incident where Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s bodyguard apparently waved a gun to disperse a crowd blocking the politician yesterday.
Claiming provocation by an Umno Youth group, PKR communications director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said today party secretary general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution will seek to meet Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar to discuss the incident and to “make sure the police give attention to gangster culture that threaten the country’s democracy”.
“Despite numerous reports made, until today it seems the police are not serious in taking any action in this case,” Nik Nazmi….said in a press statement.
|6:05PM Sep 9, 2012|
PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution will be writing to inspector-general of police Ismail Omar to request for a discussion on recent attacks against party figures.
In a press release today, PKR communications director Nik Nazmi Nik Mat said this was necessitated by the latest incident where projectiles were lobbed at the party’s campaign bus yesterday.
He said attacks against PKR-related events have been consistent throughout the country but the police seem to turning a blind eye against the perpetrators.
“Police reports have been lodged. Until today, the police don’t seem to be serious about taking any action,” he said.
Nik Nazmi said the police appear to have ignored the continued spate of violence despite the mob attack on Anwar’s vehicle in Sembrong, Johor and the raining of stones on a PKR ceramah in Pantai Dalam, Kuala Lumpur.
The party’s double-decker campaign bus was struck with red paint by a group of 20 protesters who were trying to chase PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim away from Kampung Rim in Jasin, Malacca.
This was the second attack on the bus in a week. The first attack occurred on Sept 1 in Kota Baru, Kelantan just one day after it was unveiled to the public.
Anwar Ibrahim in a Facebook posting, “Last week it was in Kelantan, now it’s in Malacca. The actions of these thugs are becoming more bold and crude.”
PKR’s double-decker campaign bus has been attacked again – this time in Jasin, Malacca, where it was splashed with red paint today while on the party’s southern leg of the Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat campaign trail.
When contacted, PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin said the windscreen of the bus was hit by red paint near Kampung Rim.
Some of the paint could also been seen on the left side of the bus.
“The bus arrived at around 3.30pm at Kampung Rim for an Aidilfitri programme. Suddenly it was approached by 20 people who tried to block our path,” he told Malaysiakini.
Shamsul claimed that the perpetrators were BN members because he spotted an Jasin Umno committee member among the group.
Jasin Umno was also accused of being part of the group which attacked an event where Bersih co-coordinator S Ambiga was supposed to speak last May.
Shamsul said the group had prevented the bus from using a road at the village, prompting the PKR youth squad to confront them.
“There was a short scuffle between our youth squad with the group but eventually they gave way,” he said.
However, as the bus was leaving, red paint was splashed onto its windscreen, he said.
PKR tingkat kawalan pada bas jelajah
PKR Youth volunteers will be mobilised to help safeguard the security of its bus which will be used for its nationwide Merdeka Rakyat campaign.
PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said she could not have imagined the Sept 1 incident, in which the PKR bus was damaged in Kota Baru, would happen as Malaysia is a peaceful country.
“We will increase security by having PKR Youth volunteers take turns in looking after the bus,” Wan Azizah told reporters after launching a trailer to be used in the Merdeka Rakyat nationwide campaign.
|Harakahdaily,||02 September 2012|
Sep 2: A group of youths believed to be linked to UMNO’s right wing offshoot Perkasa turned up at a mosque in Seberang Pumpong, Alor Setar, where opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was delivering a speech.
Anwar who arrived at the mosque as part of his ‘Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat’ bus tour in Kedah, was delivering the customary tazkirah (short religious lecture) after the Maghrib prayer, when several youths (circled in pic) emerged and began shouting abuses.
PKR’s online organ Keadilandaily reported that the group later turned violent by throwing their footwear into the mosque and switching off electricity.
Despite the blackout, Anwar continued his speech with a loudhailer, said the report, which also identified the leader of the troublemakers as one “Dato Yusof”.
Also present at the programme was PAS vice president Mahfuz Omar, who is also Pokok Sena member of parliament.
The attack on Anwar is the second since he left in the specially designed double-decker bus, where he stopped at several towns to meet the locals in Pahang, Kelantan, Perak, Kedah and Perlis.
I saw a man with sickle at Kedah mosque fracas’
A PKR leader who was at the Alor Setar mosque which was stormed by Perkasa members last weekend said he saw a man carrying a kerambit (a small sickle).
According to PKR central leadership council member Abdul Rahman Yusof, the man was carrying it in the front pocket of this vest.
“I saw that he kept touching the kerambit.
“I feared that if there was a blackout, something terrible might happen, but luckily the emergency lights kicked in when the power went off,” he said.
Asked to comment on the attack on him at a mosque in Bakar Baka, in Alor Setar, last night, Anwar said the villagers and imam of the mosque found it unwarranted.
“It was highly inappropriate for the Perkasa youth to resort to it. We know they are from Perkasa as they were wearing the shirts.
“Even the mosque imam and the villagers find their behaviour of throwing a shoe into the mosque as inappropriate. But we took it in our stride,” Anwar said.
|1:13PM Sep 3, 2012|
Malay rights pressure group Perkasa has claimed victory in preventing PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim from delivering a ‘political speech’ at a mosque in Bakar Baka, Alor Setar yesterday.
Perkasa’s Kota Setar branch head Jamaludin Hashim said the movement did not want to allow Anwar to deliver the tazkirah in a mosque as he was not accredited to do so.
“If it was PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang who wished to present the tazkirah, Perkasa would have had no objections because he is accredited,” he reportedly told Sinar Harian.
“Kota Setar Perkasa wishes to stress that we will not allow Anwar to present the tazkirah, but we will not stop him from entering the mosque for prayers.”
‘Attackers wore Perkasa tees‘
When contacted, Surendran, who witnessed the entire incident, said that the fracas started at about 7.45pm during the maghrib prayers in Bakar Baka.
As Anwar was about to give his speech after the prayers, a group of Perkasa members – about 100 – arrived outside the mosque.
Surendran said he recognised them as they were wearing the organisation’s T-shirts, which was black and bore the Perkasa logo.
Surendran was at that time waiting outside the mosque and “witnessed everything”.
“They came to create chaos. They shouted for Anwar to leave and they screamed obscenities,” he told Malaysiakini.
“The fracas went on for about an hour. The police, who was contacted did not come until an hour later at about 8.45pm,”he added.
Surendran said that after his short speech, Anwar was taken to the imam’s house behind the mosque to rest (right).
Even as was leaving, the group was still at the premises, shouting at him to leave and get out, said Surendran.
‘Cops just watched’
Surendran added that the police merely stood watch and did not stop the Perkasa members from their “aggressive and noisy” behaviour.
He said it was very clear that the Perkasa members were out to create chaos.
He added that they tried to intimidate Anwar and the mosque congregation by “kicking, shouting, banging the mosque door which was closed at the time, and also threw a shoe inside the area through the window.”
“At one juncture, they dragged Anwar’s bodyguard, who was standing outside, and kept him aside while they banged the door,” he said.
|9:26PM Sep 2, 2012|
After getting off to a rocky start on Friday with his bus being attacked, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has reportedly been attacked during a talk at a mosque in Alor Setar, Kedah.
According to a flurry of tweets from PKR leaders, a group they allege to be right wing Malay rights group Perkasa members disrupted the event at Masjid Pumpong in the northern state capital.
“I just received information that Anwar Ibrahim has been attacked by Perkasa members at a tazkirah event…,” tweeted Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh at around 8.50pm today.
“Perkasa member trying to storm the masjid to stop Anwar from tazkirah,” tweeted vice president Tian Chua.
“Anwar now safe at Imam’s house after the Perkasa assault,” reported vice-president N Surendran.
COMMENT Democracy is never fully realised. At best, it’s an ambition, a quest for a goal that often eludes the grasp of its aspirants.
To revisit the reformasi movement, 14 years on from the week of its convulsive beginnings in the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim from Umno and government, is to celebrate a popular awakening but also to acknowledge the difference between the rapture of rebellion and its realisation in reformed and democratic institutions.
Unfortunately…… the alphabet of democratic aspiration of the masses is marked more by its fragility than its fulfillment.
In our country, this reality was underlined in jarring fashion in Kota Bharu early yesterday when the windscreen of the campaign bus launched by PKR the day before was smashed.
Emblazoned with the party logo and visage of its iconic leader Anwar, the bus is an American-style campaign prop whose novelty is certain to draw attention.
By introducing the campaign bus, PKR are pushing at the frontiers of democratic persuasion in this country by employing as agitprop items hitherto put to more conventional uses.
Sporting the slogan, ‘Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat’ (‘Journey of Emancipation’), the bus was on a 14-stop tour of five states – Pahang, Kelantan, Perak, Kedah and Perlis – when unknown hoodlums hurled a hard object at its windscreen in the Kelantan capital, cracking the screen in several places.
Reactionary forces lurk in the more dingy folds of our democracy, but PKR are, apparently, undeterred. They said the battered bus would be driven to the other stops in its three-day ‘fly-the-flag’ campaign tour.
PKR bus attacked by ‘samseng’ in Kelantan
PKR to press on with electoral roadshow despite attack on bus
PETALING JAYA, Sept 1 — PKR said today it will continue its “Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat” roadshow after its bus — customised for the pre-election tour — was damaged on its maiden journey in a pre-dawn attack by unidentified hooligans in Kelantan.
The urban-based multiracial opposition party suggested that the assault may be politically-motivated as part of an attempt to cripple its efforts to win over the crucial Malay votes ahead of national polls due soon.
The party’s top leaders including president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and her husband, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, were part of the entourage yesterday heading into the rural Malay heartland in four states that have long been regarded as the fortresses of its political foe Umno, the grand old Malay party that has been the lynchpin of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.
“Keadilan will continue Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat as planned and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s group will tour Perak, Perlis and Kelantan until Sunday,” PKR deputy president Azmin Ali told reporters today.
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PKR blames Najib, Umno for bus attack
The bus which is being used for the party’s “Jelajah Rakyat Merdeka” campaign was splashed with red paint and its windscreen cracked.
PETALING JAYA: PKR deputy president Azmin Ali has blamed Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Umno over an attack on the party’s bus that is being used for the party’s “Jelajah Rakyat Merdeka” campaign.
“The culture of gangsterism and threats has been the practice and main weapon of enemies, especially Umno to curb PKR and Pakatan Rakyat’s march forward.
“Najib’s silence clearly approves these actions. It is a culture brought by Najib,” he said.
“Even former prime ministers Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Abdullah Ahmad Badawi never protected gangsters,” he told a press conference at the PKR headquarters this morning.
The bus is currently on the way to Grik which marks Anwar’s campaign in Perak.
|9:54AM Sep 1, 2012|
PKR’s Jelajah Merdeka Rakyat Series which kicked off yesterday was marred by an incident where one of its buses was smeared with bright red paint in Kota Bharu.
Kelantan is the party’s second stop in its three-day’s programme across the Malay heartland.
The incident, according to a Facebook posting by PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, occurred at about 5am today.
The windscreen on the driver’s side of the bus was smashed and splashed with red paint. Another window was reportedly damaged.
It is uncertain who the culprits were, but Anwar noted in his Facebook entry that “samseng bermaharajalela” (gangsters are king).
Anwar’s aide Najwan Halimi said that the incident took place in front of Kota Bharu’s Siti Khadijah market just before dawn. He said a police report will be lodged on the attack later today.
According to Anwar, the bus trip was supposed to be PKR’s version of giving meaning to the 55th Merdeka celebrations.