PENANG, 13 Feb 2009: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng labelled the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) that spoke out against Pakatan Rakyat with regard to the Perak political crisis, as Umno’s allies.
The DAP secretary-general also accused Umno of raising racial sentiments for their own party’s political benefit.
“Why should we react to Umno’s allies?,” asked Lim referring to claims by Malay NGOs that opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had turned a blind eye towards what was happening in the Perak political scene.
The report also urged Anwar to apologise to the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah and the people of Perak because he was the mastermind behind the move to oppose the ruler.
Lim who refused to elaborate further said only Anwar would be able to answer such accusations.
“Since the NGOs had raised the issue against Anwar, it would only be right for him to speak of the issue,” he said.
Asked whether DAP chairperson Karpal Singh’s criticism on Anwar would affect the support of Malays towards Pakatan Rakyat, Lim said if anybody was angry, it was Umno because Pakatan or Karpal are not at fault.
Lim said the issue of Karpal summoning the Sultan of Perak does not arise as Karpal, as a lawyer, had merely stated the provision in the law that was actually instituted by Umno.
“If anybody was at fault, it was Umno, blame Umno for allowing such a law in the first place. We had only raised what was provided for in the law. Karpal did not summon the Sultan, did he? he asked.
He added that Pakatan Rakyat’s decision was to summon the new Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir to court. — Bernama