“We must continue with our efforts. Each one of you – go home Twitter, Facebook, blog, whatever the means – send out the message to everyone and give the real facts. We will fight with facts and not slander.” – Anwar Ibrahim
Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim called on his countrymen to reject the results of the recently-concluded 13th general election, urging them to defend their rights and “save Malaysia” from a bleak future where corruption and political tyranny would dominate.
His call comes as pressure mounts from Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government to accept the outcome of the May 5 polls, which has been marred by allegations of vote-rigging, phantom voters and even the use of illegal foreign workers to slip into the polling booths and vote for Najib’s Umno-BN coalition in return for which they would be given permanent residency.
The 64-year-old Anwar is disputing Najib’s claim of a 133-seats victory in Malaysia’s 222-seats Parliament. His Pakatan Rakyat coalition, which won the popular vote, sweeping 52% of all ballots cast, wants a re-election in 27 seats where they say they have evidence of highly irregular procedures. Anwar has refused to concede defeat, and has kicked off a nationwide tour to take his case to the people.
“We had a Pakatan Rakyat leadership council meeting with PAS and DAP just now. What is the meaning of being a leader if we cannot realize the aspirations and rights of the people and then by God, we will defend them. On Friday, we will gather in Negri Sembilan, on Sunday, we will fly to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. Without exception and everywhere we see the people rising up. Rise up even more now than before the GE,” Anwar told a 60,000-stong crowd in Ulu Tiram, Johor on Wednesday night.
“To you all, especially the young Malaysians, this is about your future. The Malay youth, the Chinese youths and the Indian youths. Your future, safety, your family and even the government is far safer with Pakatan than with the ‘robbers’ in Umno.The Umno-BN spin all about Anwar. I am telling you I am humbled by your support but this is not about Umno or Anwar. This is about your future.
“A final clear message, we are not talking about the next election we are talking about this election and we won this election. Najib, Muhyiddin, Election Commission listen, we are not asking you to rectify the 14th GE but we want you to review the 13th GE, which we won.
“And we have compiled evidence and facts, compelling facts [such as] pictures of a Bangladeshi caught voting – where are u from? Dhaka; when did you start working – 2 years; where do you work – Selangor; why are you here – to vote; who asked you to come – boss; who did you vote for – Umno.”
“We must continue with our efforts. Each one of you – go home Twitter, Facebook, blog, whatever the means – send out the message to everyone and give the real facts. We will fight with facts and not slander.
“Never in the history of mankind can dictators even with their guns ever fight against a people’s uprising to defend their rights. My friends, arise and defend your rights and this country that we love. Defend your rights, please. Don’t entertain not even for a minute to give BN 5 more years. NO! Save Johor, Save Malaysia!”