Andrew Ong | Apr 26, 08 8:13pm
Malaysiakini, 27 Apr: PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim
said Malays have nothing to fear despite their smaller representation
in several Pakatan Rakyat state governments.
This is because the new Pakatan state governments, which champions the
concept of Ketuanan rakyat (people's power), will not
conceive policies detrimental to the Malays.
“I will not compromise on this issue. Nor will Pakatan members. We
will not conceive any policy to the detriment of the Malays. That
issue does not arise,” he pointed out.
Anwar said this when asked about unease among certain quarters that
the position of Malays had eroded following their reduction in numbers
in the two state governments and appointment of non-Malay speakers in
the Perak and Selangor state legislative assemblies.
Immediately after the general election, Malay groups had protested
against the new DAP-led Penang government over the new Chief Minister
Lim Guan Eng’s remarks pertaining to the New Economic Policy.
Following this, Kelantan Regent Tengku Faris Petra had in a
speech said that the position of the Malays were
being “challenged” and called on Malays to be united.
Apology or not, Umno the same
Acknowledging that the reduction in the number of Malays in the Penang,
Perak and Selangor state governments as a political reality, Anwar
said it doesn’t mean that policies will be skewed against the Malays.
“There can be a Chinese chief minister in Penang and a Malay menteri
besar in Selangor. What is more important is that we have a
unequivocal commitment to defend the rights of all Malaysians,
regardless of race or religion,” he added.
On Umno Youth chief Hishammuddin Hussein’s
apology for waving the keris during the past three Umno
general assemblies, Anwar said that PKR would accept and that the
former should not repeat his act.
“The crux of the matter is not the keris as a symbol. What matters is
his attitude which shows arrogance and the use of racial issues in
“That is still being continued. They are raising issues about pig
farming, Malay supremacy...claiming that the Malays are now very angry
against the Selangor government...this sentiment is still strong in
Umno,” he added.
On a related matter, Anwar was non-committal when asked to state his
stand on the new ‘anti-party hopping’ laws which Barisan hopes to
He also refused to be drawn into commenting on whether such laws would
“We have to look and discuss about it first,” he said.
He also refused to be drawn into the debate on whether it was ethical
to poach for Barisan Nasional MPs to make up the numbers necessary for
Pakatan Rakyat to form the next federal government.
“History has shown that dozens have hopped into Barisan. Itu halal
semua (that is all kosher to them),” he said.
Anwar had been repeatedly
claiming that Barisan MPs are waiting for the opportune
moment to leave their parties and join forces with Pakatan.
Asked whether his Pakatan peers - DAP and PAS - shared his sentiments
on the need to poach for Barisan MPs, Anwar attempted to skirt the
“Don’t worry about that. At every stage we have had elaborate
discussions and meetings with party leaders. I have said enough on the
subject. We have to move on. Let the Umno and Barisan worry. You
should not be unduly worried”.
Anwar was speaking to reporters after launching two books penned by
the late Rustam Sani.
Earlier in his speech, Anwar had praised Rustam as an
“extraordinary public intellectual” who had helped PKR draft their
2008 election manifesto.
Rustam’s two books, Social roots of the Malay left and Failed Nation?
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