Thursday, March 27, 2014

'I fear not jail, I fear only Allah'

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March 27, 2014 
Anwar says ruling leaders are too detached from the real issues of rising cost of living.
anwar ibrahimPENAMPANG
: Even with a looming five-year jail sentence hanging over his head,
defiant Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim told supporters in Sabah
Wednesday he feared no one but Allah.

“I fear not to be jailed. I fear only Allah. They can send me to jail
again, and I will continue to speak up for the people and against Umno.
I will fight the corrupt Umno leaders till the end,” he thundered at a
Reformasi 2.0 gathering of about 500 at Kampung Ramaya in Penampang,
last night.

The PKR supremo blasted the current Umno-led federal government as
the most rotten regime Malaysians had ever witnessed. He said opposition
and hatred towards the Umno-led federal government is mounting by the
days and it would be unstoppable.

“Umno is ruining this country with corruption, indignity and incapability of good governance. The people must stop this rot.

“Stop Umno from playing racial and religious issues, and the only way
is throwing them away from Putrajaya,” said Anwar in his hour-long
fiery speech that captivated his responsive audience.

Anwar who is also the MP for Permatang Pauh said the result from the
Kajang by-election in Selangor showed that PKR and Pakatan Rakyat have
the support of 60% of the electorates and that PKR has the support of
the majority of Malays too.

“So all the talks by Umno leaders that PKR is only supported by the Chinese and Indian communities proved to be false.

“It is Umno and BN that are losing ground and is now trying to play
racist politics but which is being discarded by right-thinking
Malaysians.

He also accused Umno leaders of just being concerned with enriching themselves and their cronies.

“Umno leaders are not concerned with paddy farmers or the ordinary
folks like you. They give you RM500 for BR1M and that is it,” he said.

Fight injustice, youths urged

Anwar said the ruling leaders are too detached from the real issues
of rising cost of living, and this was evidenced by Prime Minister Najib
Razak’s “RM1 chicken” and “kangkung” statements.

“Where in the world we can get a chicken for RM1? If a trader sells
to a Prime Minister a chicken for a token RM1 that does not mean that
all of us can get a whole chicken for only RM1 in the market.

“The other day, when I asked a trader in Kajang for a RM1 chicken, he
only gave me a piece of chicken claw…” he said in jest, much to the
laughter in the audience.

The maverick opposition leader also asked the younger generation to
equip themselves with knowledge of real issues of life, and that they
should search for knowledge on internet search engines like Google.

“Dont’ just Google for Justin Bieber. Google real issues because the
baton is being passed to you the young generation to correct wrongs in
this country.

“Fight the injustice this regime had caused to the people including
in Sabah and Sarawak,” he said adding that knowledgeable citizens could
not be easily manipulated by Umno and BN.

Anwar said he would go to nationwide to launch a second-wave of
“reformasi” movement, and that he would be in Johor tomorrow and next in
Kota Bahru, Kelantan at the invitation of PAS leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat.

“Ten of thousands of our supporters would turn out at these reformasi gatherings in Peninsular,” he claimed.

Also present at last night function were Sabah PKR chief, Lajim Ukin,
his deputy Christina Liew, PKR secretary-general Saifudin Nasution,
Penampang MP, Darell Leiking, former Suhakam vice chairman, Simon Sipaun
as well as DAP Sabah secretary, Dr Edwin Bosi and representatives from
PAS.



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