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Anwar Ibrahim


Black 505 June 22 – Our Date with Destiny

Posted: 21 Jun 2013 06:10 AM PDT

Bad faith is not a good start to the exercise of executive power. What more from those who have no legitimacy. Federal Territory Minister Tengku Adnan Yaakob has been busy barking out orders as to when and where the people may gather for our fateful rally. Collectively, they are making it extremely difficult to hold tomorrow's rally at Padang Merbok even though we have bent backwards to accommodate them. That is bad faith writ large.

We know that this arrogance of power is the result of power being usurped. They have come to power not by popular vote but by a combined process of decades of gerrymandering and outright systematic fraud.
Yes, indeed we have been mild and we have been patient. The people have exercised extreme self-restraint so far. Instead of taking to the street, the people have only held rallies and peaceful assemblies to show their anger, protest and disappointment. They want justice of course starting with the chair and deputy chair of the Elections Commission stepping down and an overhaul of the electoral system. Is that too much to ask? As T.S. Eliot would say in situations like these: RESIGN, RESIGN, RESIGN.

Having robbed us of our electoral victory, the UMNO-BN government has also committed a long list of wrongdoings – arresting innocent protesters, prosecuting activists and opposition leaders under the Peaceful Assembly Act, threatening to revoke passports, etc. The list is just too long to enumerate. At the same time, incitement to racial hatred and fear mongering is given free reign. The culprits among whom are a former Prime Minister and an ex-senior judge are going about it with impunity aided by UMNO's main media organ.

We won the elections but UMNO has used the Elections Commission to steal our victory. They have cheated the people. They have violated their rights. And now the police are being instructed to issue unwarranted threats of prosecution if we proceed with this rally.

To the people, let me say this:

Ignore these threats. It is your constitutional right to assemble peacefully. Your lives cannot be dictated by the police, or UMNO or the Prime Minister.

Tomorrow marks our 15th Black 505 rally. It is your right to demand that the Election Commission heads step down for the widespread fraud. The ink was not indelible and that itself is a crime but tomorrow's rally will leave an indelible imprint in our history. Your children and my children and the future generations to come will remember it.
They will remember that in spite of the odds, the obstacles and the pitfalls along the way, we soldiered on. They will remember that hand in hand we walked through the storm – peace loving Malaysians from all races and backgrounds young and old united in seeking and demanding fairness, justice, and what is rightly due to us.

History has shown that leaders who hold on power through illegitimate means will sooner or later be brought to justice by the power of the people. This is a power drawn from the inalienable rights conferred by the Constitution. They cannot take these rights away from you because they are fundamental to a nation governed by the rule of law. The UMNO-BN government is not your master and cannot determine your future.
By the will of God, the future of this nation lies in your hands. So, when tomorrow comes, let us all be there to make our date with destiny.

Anwar Ibrahim
21st June 2013

PKR: Wan Ahmad’s criticism shows he is pro-BN

Posted: 20 Jun 2013 11:39 PM PDT

Malaysiakini

The Election Commission (EC) deputy chief in calling the opposition hypocrites for swearing in as MPs has shown he is partisan towards BN, said PKR Youth.

NONEYouth chief Shamsul Iskandar (left in photo) said as the EC is required to be non-partisan, Wan Ahmad Wan Omar has proven to be unfit for his post and should resign.

"We have the EC deputy Wan Ahmad who rightfully should be non-partisan and independent.

"By issuing the comment as he has, it shows what we have claimed before this is correct, that EC is headed by leaders who side with a particular party," said Shamsul at a press conference today.

"We consider it is wrong for a civil servant to show bias and support towards the ruling coalition BN, and he is not fit to hold the EC leadership that should be independent."

Yesterday Wan Ahmad criticised Pakatan for allowing themselves to be sworn in as MPs despite claiming that the 13th general election was rife with fraud.

Earlier however, BN leaders had also criticised Pakatan for mulling calls to boycott Parliament claiming the opposition would be irresponsible to their voters.

Exco: Kenyataan NC UiTM ‘dangkal, memalukan’

Posted: 20 Jun 2013 11:37 PM PDT

Malaysiakini

Seorang anggota Exo kerajaan Pulau Pinang menyelar Naib Canselor Universiti Teknologi Mara Profesor Tan Sri Dr Sahol Hamid yang didakwa mengeluarkan kenyataan tidak bertanggungjawab apabila mengakui secara terbuka bahawa universiti tersebut menyokong BN dan Umno.

Exco Kerajaan Pulau Pinang Dr Afif Bahardin yang juga exco AMK Pusat berkata kenyataan Sahol itu juga “memalukan, dangkal serta menjatuhkan reputasi UiTM” sebagai sebuah institusi pengajian tinggi di negara ini.

“Sebagai seorang ahli akademik yang bertanggungjawab mengetuai pentadbiran dan pengurusan UiTM, Dr Sahol Hamid tidak sewajarnya mengaitkan nama UiTM dalam mencahirkan dukungan politik beliau terhadap Umno-BN.

“UiTM sebagai sebuah institusi pengajian tinggi seharusnya dilihat berwibawa dan tidak memihak kepada mana-mana parti politik,” kata lulusan UiTM dalam jurusan perubatan itu.

Naib ketua AMK Pulau Pinang itu mengulas kenyataan Sahol dalam dalam wawancara yang disiarkan oleh Utusan Malaysia semalam, yang secara terbuka mengakui bahawa institusi pendidikan yang dipimpinnya menyokong BN dan Umno.

Beliau berkata hanya parti pemerintah itu dapat menjamin masa depan bumiputera dalam negara ini termasuk di Sabah dan Sarawak.

Why call in the army for Black 505, asks PKR

Posted: 20 Jun 2013 11:36 PM PDT

Malaysiakini

PKR has slammed the Internal Security and Public Order Department's statement that the army is standing by to help the police in handling the Black 505 rally in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.

"Unless provoked, all the recent rallies held were peaceful and orderly and none of the rallies reported any unwanted behavior.

"The proposal for the Armed Forces to intervene seems to question the incompetence of the police force.

"We are sure the KL police are more than capable to handle a peaceful crowd.

"It seems the ruling party has once again put together a plot to scare and instill fear in the rakyat who are determined to go out this Saturday and make their demands," said PKR vice-president Tian Chua in a statement today.

He reminded the authorities that the rally was not a political one, but "a rally for the rakyat by the rakyat who has been let down, especially by the Election Commission (EC) who has failed to maintain a free and fair elections in Malaysia".

There should also no longer be an issue about the rally being held at Padang Merbok, he further pointed out, as the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) had also postponed their Olympic Day Run, scheduled for Sunday, due to the haze.

The event had been one of three reasons furnished by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) in refusing to allow the use of Padang Merbok for the rally, as it claimed OCM needed the field on Satarday to prepare for the next day's run.

So, Chua urged Ahmad Zahid, who previously assured that the 'Black 505′ rallies can proceed if it complies with Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, to respect the rakyat's rights "instead of treating the rakyat as outlaws for standing up for their rights in their own country".

He warned the government that "many more" rallies will follow unless the demands of the rakyat are fulfilled.

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