KUALA LUMPUR, 10 Aug 2009: About 200 people from 70 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) gathered outside Menara Dato Onn here today, supporting Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s statement that labelled Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim a traitor.
The Peninsula Malay Students Federation (GPMS) and Umno Youth carried banners displaying the words “Anwar a traitor”, before the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council meeting was convened at the building.
Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil declared her support to the NGOs upon arrival for the meeting.
“As a representative of Wanita Umno, I support the deputy prime minister’s statement that Anwar is a leader who turned traitor, who cares only for his personal agenda, and we have to challenge Anwar’s leadership,” she said.
In his speech when opening the Sri Gading Umno division delegates meeting in Batu Pahat recently, Muhyiddin had labelled Anwar as a traitor to Malay Malaysians. Umno Youth exco member Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir then came out to support the deputy prime minister.
GPMS vice-president Jais Abdul Karim said Anwar was not only a traitor to [Malay Malaysians], but also a national traitor.
“Anwar had masterminded the [anti-ISA rally] on 1 Aug, which damaged the economy, caused losses to the traders and created problems to foreign tourists in the country,” he said.
A memorandum was handed to Muhyiddin on his arrival for the supreme council meeting. It said, among others, said Anwar had “cultured” the illegal demonstration to tarnish Malaysia.
In ALOR STAR, Kedah Umno said it would continue to support Muhyiddin.
Its liaison deputy chairperson, Datuk Paduka Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, said Muhyiddin’s statement on Anwar was accurate.
“Many of the actions by the PKR adviser since its establishment and before the general election last year denied the aspirations of [Malay Malaysians].
“Anwar was alleged to have degraded the New Economic Policy simply to lure support from Chinese and Indian [Malaysian] voters, and in fact, backed the idea of opening the Institute Technology Mara University to non-Malay [Malaysians],” he told reporters in Alor Star.
“The Chinese and Indian [Malaysians] in the Barisan Nasional recognise the special privileges of the Malays as documented in the constitution. Why [is it that] Anwar, who was previously a deputy prime minister, could not understand that?” Ahmad Bashah said. — Bernama