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Anwar sheds light on royal chat

Posted in Uncategorized by malaysiasms on May 11, 2009

Athi Veeranggan | May 11, 09 1:37pm


PKR de facto head Anwar Ibrahim has revealed what transpired during a brief conversation between Perak Regent Raja Nazrin Shah and Pakatan Rakyat leaders, Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin and Ngeh Koo Ham during the chaotic state assembly session on May 7.

sivakumar being dragged abused manhandled by security unknown individual out perak state assembly chaos 070509 02Anwar claimed that Raja Nazrin had told Nizar and Ngeh to take their seats and allow him to deliver his address in opening the assembly.

At this point, Nizar informed the prince that Pakatan elected representatives had been treated viciously by their Barisan Nasional (BN) counterparts, according to Anwar.

“Nizar informed Raja Nazrin that the speaker (S Sivakumar) had been forcibly evicted from the House by unknown officials,” he said.

anwar ibrahim ceramah in penang 110509 03Anwar, the Permatang Pauh parliamentarian, was speaking at a Pakatan rally last night in Mengkuang Titi in Seberang Perai. About 5,000 people were present.

Asked later to elaborate on the conversation, he said Raja Nazrin – after hearing out Nizar – had nodded and said he had taken note of all the incidents. Nizar and Ngeh then took their seats.

“Nizar told me that this what transpired when Raja Nazrin summoned him and Ngeh to the stage. I believe Nizar,” he told journalists.

Several newspapers had reported purported details of the conversation at the royal podium in the House.

Anwar appeared sceptical of the BN offer of an olive branch to resolve the Perak political crisis, cautioning that discussions should be held without pre-conditions.

Prime Minister and Umno president Najib Abdul Razak has indicated that the BN is ready for open talks with Pakatan, after the collapse of the Perak government plunged the state into chaos on Feb 5.

najib pc on bn takeover of perak state with 4 aduns 050209Anwar said Pakatan is ready for talks, provided that Najib and the BN are genuine and sincere about this.

“It should not be eyewash,” he said, pointing out that it was BN and Umno that had thrown out the “legitimate government”.

“They should be accountable for their  unlawful usurpation of power,” said Anwar, adding that Najib’s government should also stop its harrassment of Pakatan leaders and supporters.

The crisis, he said, can only be resolved if BN hands over the reins to Pakatan in Perak or if the state assembly is dissolved for fresh state elections.

Apology to voters

On the Penanti by-election to be held on May 31, Anwar offered his “humble apology” to constituents on behalf of PKR, for having forced a third election in 14 months.

Penanti had voted in the general election last March and in the Permatang Pauh by-election in August, which returned Anwar to Parliament after 10 years.

The Penanti seat was vacated by PKR’s Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, who resigned on April 16.

PKR is fielding former academician Mansor Othman, who is expected to fill the vacant post of deputy chief minister (1) in Penang.

Anwar explained that Mansor “will provide strong and vibrant leadership to make Penang Malays feel comfortable” with working, living and moving forward with other communities.

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