Saturday, September 13, 2008

Malaysiakini Update: Anwar wants to meet PM

Anwar wants to meet PM on ISA crackdown

The opposition leader is seeking an appointment with the prime minister as soon as possible to discuss the ISA arrests.

Anwar Ibrahim told an on-going press conference at the PKR headquarters that he hoped to see Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as soon as possible.

He also said that Pakatan's Sept 16 plan would not be deferred as it was unrelated to the ISA arrests.

more to follow 

Meanwhile .. Anwar Ibrahim's press statement ..

The UMNO led BN government is again using the brute force of the ISA to assault those brave and courageous Malaysians who speak out in the name of truth and integrity about the abuses of power, corruption and racism perpetuated by the ruling clique.

I reiterate my unequivocal opposition to the ISA and condemn the unjustified and illegal detention of blogger and social activist Raja Petra Kamaruddin, Seputeh MP and Selangor State Executive Committee Member YB Teresa Kok and Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng.

On March 8th and again on August 26th, the Malaysian people expressed their support at the polls for a government that is more accountable and that fulfills its mandate as representative of the people. The UMNO-led BN government has ignored this call. Instead of pursuing a reform agenda it has chosen to burn the country to save itself and to maintain its odious grip on power.

We ask the government how far it is willing to go to usurp justice and destroy the institutions of good governance in its attempt to drive the Malaysian people against each other?

We vehemently reject the racial politics used by politicians in the UMNO-led BN government as an attempt to deflect from internal strife within UMNO, and promise that leaders in the Pakatan Rakyat are committed to and capable of building a peaceful, democratic, multiracial society.

We allude to the statement issued by Pakatan Rakyat on 8 September reiterating our full commitment to constitutional guarantees including the position of Islam as the religion of the federation, the freedom to practice other religions, Bahasa Melayu as the national language and the freedom to practice mother tongue languages, and the status of the Malay kings and the special position of the Malays and bumiputera.

I urge the government to assure the Malaysian people that this politically motivated operation is over. As citizens of a nation that professes to adhere to the spirit of its Constitution, we refuse to live another night in fear.

Those who have been detained under the ISA should be released immediately. We will offer every conceivable support to our friends and their families as they face this ordeal.

Opposition Chief
De-facto leader, KeADILan

1 comment:

david said...

i believe Dollah hasn't got the guts to meet and face DSAI. it is obvious enough by using ISA against those who spoke the truth whereas the perpatraitor was let off indicates such cowardice. he has already contradict himself for using ISA for those who spoke out when he encourage people must be brave to speak out the truth. it's absurd we have such PM for our country. saying it wasn't a pleasure for him to stay another 2 years but yet acting ridicule. SHAME ON YOU DOLLAH.