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Speak less, Anwar tells <b>Sarawak</b> Pakatan « Hornbill Unleashed

Posted: 06 May 2012 09:00 AM PDT

According to Anwar Ibrahim, Umno is 'worried' about the shifting political landscape and is reacting in the manner typical of authoritarian leaders.

Pakatan Rakyat de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has called on the respective party leaders within the coalition in Sarawak to refrain from making statements in the media that can be construed as destructive to Pakatan.

"Umno is just waiting to exploit the issue. Umno and BN (Barisan Nasional) know they are going to lose in the coming general election so don't allow them to break us up," he said, commenting on rumours of tension over seat negotiations within the Sarawak coalition in the run-up to the general election.

Anwar said Pakatan will field one candidate in each of the 31 parliamentary seats and negotiations among Sarawak PKR, DAP and PAS was ongoing.

"We must impress on the rakyat that we must be prepared to work together from now whether it is going to be a DAP candidate, or a PAS candidate or a PKR candidate to contest in the Stampin seat.

"We must continue to negotiate so that Pakatan will fill one candidate only. After all, it will be the Pakatan government that governs, " he said.

There's currently a "deadlock" over some six to seven seats which PKR and DAP or PAS are keen on.

Sarawak DAP is adamant and wants to contest in all the six Chinese seats, namely Stampin, Miri (both Chinese majority seats), Mambong, Mas Gading and Sri Aman. PKR has also expressed interest in some of these seats.

Said Anwar: " Of course, we acknowledge that DAP has done well in Chinese seats. We must concede that they [DAP] are an important partner to us.

"But as I said, DAP cannot be seen to be a Chinese party, and PAS only contests in Muslim constituencies, and PKR contests in Dayak-majority seats.

"I think overall DAP, PKR and PAS are very reasonable in their demands."

'Let the people decide'

Anwar also touched on the accusation made by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak that he was trying to topple the government through Bersih.

"Many problems in this country or in this region are all attributed me. This is nothing new to me.

"I am not to going to argue with my old friend Mahathir. I think what is important is that the people know that the 300,000 people [who participated in the Bersih 3.0 rally] include many who are educated and professionals who took the trouble to take part in the rally.

"They are not stupid, and they know their rights. So never mind what they say," he said.

Anwar said that even Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (former prime minister) called him "stupid" for supporting Bersih and for allowing himself to be used by the Chinese to reject the position of Bahasa or Melayu and Islam.

"This is a quote by Abdullah and also Rais Yatim that Anwar is no longer for the Malays and for Islam. But do I really seriously need to counter all these? No.

"What I need to do is to address Sarawakians and Malaysians that the time now is our time and that we must make a difference.

"History must be made – enough of racism, enough of parochialism, enough of corruption, and enough of abuse of power.

"Let the people decide. Let the rakyat be the masters," Anwar said.

Worried Umno

He said Umno was very worried at the surge for Anything But Umno (ABU).

"We are very close to Putrajaya and that is why they are very worried. You know that when authoritarian leaders are desperate and are challenged, they lose their cool.

"A classic state craft of authoritarian leaders is always to apportion the blame on the innocent rakyat as criminals and robbers, while corruption, abuse of power and robbery at the top are hidden.

"Remember what happened to Suharto (Indonesian president) and Ferdinand Marcos (Philippine president) when they were confronted by the people. That is the answer," he said, without elaborating.

(Both Suharto and Marcos were toppled by people's power.)

While in Sarawak, Anwar will visit Sri Aman, Betong, Saratok, Miri, Baram and Limbang.

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