Anwar Ibrahim

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Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar: Deputy IGP should not be an Umno stooge

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 10:33 PM PDT


PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has warned deputy inspector-general of police Bakri Zinin not to behave like an Umno division leader to try and curb Saturday's rally at Padang Merbok.

Anwar said this is a peaceful gathering and police should not be providing restrictions or warnings.

"There have been no disruption to 14 previous rallies nationwide, except they have taken action on the organisers at the instructions of Umno.

"He (deputy IGP) should not be another Umno division leader to take a hard stand against the rally," he said.

The deputy IGP, he said, can invite us and we are willing to meet them in facilitating the rally.

[PRESS STATEMENT] On The Economy (TPPA, GST and Budget Deficit) And Crime

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 09:54 PM PDT


19 JUNE 2013

I cautiously take note of the announcement by Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak of the formation of a committee that will focus on reducing the national budgetary deficit to 3% by 2015. An economic undertaking of that feat could have easily been achieved through strict economic governance and transparent government procurement without the need for any new taxes or cutting of essential government expenditures with direct impact on the people's livelihood.

Unfortunately, Dato' Seri Najib continues to govern behind a veil of secrecy. There is a growing concern over his cabinet's conduct on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations precisely because of his administration's refusal to be transparent and inclusive during the negotiations. In fact, much of the financial burden that adds up to the ballooning national budgetary deficit also originates from his unsound vote-buying schemes that cost the public billions of ringgit in the last general election.

The BN government must not drag the public to cover for its economic incompetence and policy shortfalls. Any attempts to introduce a new Goods and Services Tax (GST) albeit in stages to reduce the budgetary deficit will be resisted much in the same force that the people had resisted electoral fraud. I maintain that GST can only be introduced if the average level of income of common Malaysians have risen significantly over a period of 5 years, in comparison to the low 2.6% average wage growth achieved in between 2000 and 2010.

Dato' Seri Najib's does not have the full legitimacy in terms of popular votes, and he has not been able to deliver the most basic of his economic promises since being sworn in recently. The fact that his administration struggles to reduce car prices as promised in his manifesto exemplified the incompetence and hopelessness of his administration.

Dato' Seri Najib has also failed to deliver on his promise to provide affordable and livable housing for the people. We shall track the BN government's performance on public housing closely and will consider it a failure if he cannot bring down the average prices of mid-range housing by at least 10% in the next one year.


The public is alarmingly concerned with the escalating crime rate especially violent crimes. It is not in our place as public officials to blame the concern on misperception as safety and fear are all a question of perception. Clearly, there is a serious credibility issue engulfing our police force that continuously dilutes the public's confidence in its ability to provide safety.

Pakatan Rakyat can contribute constructively to allay the public concern. I offer Pakatan Rakyat's full assistance to the police force to work together in engaging the public to bridge the growing gap between credibility and perception with the real and honest work that the police has been putting. I will table to the Pakatan Rakyat leadership that a committee made up of Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional representatives is formed immediately to work with the IGP and his officers to address the concerns over safety.

Finally I urge Dato' Seri Najib to meet the 3 demands put forth by the people's movement and allow for the peaceful gathering in Padang Merbok on 22 June to proceed smoothly.


‘No end to 505 rallies until EC resigns’

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 08:14 PM PDT


Pakatan Rakyat’s Black 505 rallies that have been going on nationwide after the May 5 general election, will go on and won’t stop until the present leadership of the Election Commission (EC) resigns.

PKR vice-president Tian Chua said this in an interview yesterday.

NONE“I don’t think the EC can go against the will of the people. Five years ago, people told me the government will never abolish the Internal Security Act (ISA), but eventually they did,” he said when asked about EC’s continuous refusal to heed calls for their resignation.

“We went through midnight in Parliament to pass an election law, which was mutually agreed by both sides, which clearly specified that the indelible ink must last seven days. EC has deliberately violated the law,” he said, four days before Pakatan’s Black 505 rally at Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur.

He said that the EC’s failure to provide foolproof indelible ink for the election was a “crime that cannot be forgiven”.

“They (EC) should be out on trial for violating electoral law. The resignation of the EC is the bare minimum to show that they take responsibility for what has happened,” he said.

‘Once in a lifetime opportunity’

Chua believes however that the people would not grow tired of Pakatan’s series of nationwide rallies, “except for party workers, speakers, organisers and journalists”.

“We follow the news every day, so for us it is repetitive. But for people who are in Batu Pahat for example, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of the rally.

azlan“People are actually excited about the rallies. The fatigue is probably for the speakers who are running around from one place to another.”

He said it was only though participation in rallies that the people would feel empowered.

“It’s not just about the election. The gathering itself is a right that we have been fighting for. We cannot give up just because the government refuses to acknowledge the rise of the people. All struggles go through a long process.”

He also said that, should Pakatan fail in its election petitions filed nationwide, it will again go to the streets in order to demand democratic electoral reforms.

“If our law is correct, if our judges are just, then we stand a chance (of winning the petitions). If the courts cannot give us justice, we have no choice, we will take to the streets again,” he added.

7 tempat berkumpul demo ‘Black 505′

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 08:12 PM PDT


Pakatan Rakyat dan pemimpin NGO akan berkumpul di tujuh tempat di Kuala Lumpur pada Sabtu sebelum bergerak ke Padang Merbok untuk acara perhimpunan 'Black 505′.

Tempat-tempat itu:

Brickfields - dipimpin oleh Naib Presiden PKR Nurul Izzah Anwar, Setiausaha Agung Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) dan pemimpin BERSIH Maria Chin Abdullah

Masjid Negara - dipimpin oleh anggota Parlimen Shah Alam Khalid Samad dan Timbalan Presiden PKR Azmin Ali

Jalan Pudu - dipimpin oleh Timbalan Pengerusi DAP Tan Kok Wai, setiausaha organisasi parti Anthony Loke dan pemimpin kumpulan anti-Lynas leader Wong Tack

Jalan Raja Laut (pejabat PAS) – dipimpin oleh Presiden PAS Abdul Hadi Awang dan timbalab presiden Mohamad Sabu

Jalan Raja Laut (Sogo) – dipimpin oleh Naib Presiden PKR Tian Chua dan NGO bekas-bekas pesara tentera

Universiti Malaya - dipimpin oleh aktivis mahasiswa Safwan Anang dan Adam Adli, Ketua Pemuda PKR Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin dan Ketua Pemuda PAS Nasruddin Hassan

Pekeliling - dipimpin oleh Naib Presiden PAS Salehuddin Ayub dan NGO ANAK

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