Hornbill Unleashed

June 11, 2017

Opposition making Anwar look bad, says Ambiga

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

ambiga-anwarLawyer and civil rights activist Ambiga Sreenevasan has warned Pakatan Harapan (PH) members against being overly “gung-ho” in pushing for PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim to become the next prime minister.

“I may lose a lot of friends by saying this but the real pity is they are doing Anwar a terrible disservice by acting the way they are because they make it look as though all he wants is to become prime minister,” she said.

“I know that Anwar is a man who puts the country first and so those who support him must (also) put the country first.”

The National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president said this at a forum titled “Emerging issues in Malaysia for the coming GE14 (14th general election)” at the Wesley Legacy Centre here today.

The PH coalition consists of PKR, DAP, Amanah and PPBM.

Ambiga, who is a former Bar Council president and co-chairperson of Bersih, said what PH needed to do was show a winning formula on how they would tackle GE14, which is due by the middle of next year, and why they should be voted in.

“Ultimately, their decision on who they want to become prime minister is theirs, but they need to take a step back and consider what they are doing,” she said.

“All I want is to see a winning formula. Show and tell me that you have the strategy and team to win these elections.”

Ambiga also told the opposition not to take their standing among voters for granted.

“No matter how incompetent they are, we will still vote for them because we want to see change. Don’t take that for granted,” she said.

She also urged voters to cast their ballots for the opposition in GE14.

“Change is a must. I’m picking sides not because I favour the opposition but because a government that has been there for more than 60 years cannot stay there any longer,” she said.

“I know many people are annoyed with the opposition and I am too. But only by kicking out BN (Barisan Nasional) will it know that if it does not keep its act together they (BN parties) can be kicked out.”

Anwar has been serving a five-year jail sentence at Sungai Buloh prison for sodomy since February 2015. The conviction has been criticised by the opposition and human rights groups as being politically influenced.

Parliamentary opposition leader and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said yesterday that PH had not arrived at a decision on who should be its prime minister-designate should the coalition win the election.

On May 21,DAP and Amanah leaders at the 12th PKR national congress had joined the party members in holding up placards that read “Anwar the 7th PM”, while PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad and president Muhyiddin Yassin refrained from doing so.

On May 24, Invoke Malaysia, a research organisation led by PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli, produced findings of a survey that showed Anwar as being the most popular choice among voters with 23.5% support, ahead of Mahathir with 16.5% and Muhyiddin with 12.6%.

On June 1, Mahathir said he would not agree to becoming the next prime minister “for the time being” should the opposition win the election, but would consider taking it up if it was the wish of the public themselves.

He however said he would not “turn on my friends” in PH, indicating that it would have to be with the agreement of the other components of PH.


Source : FMT Online by Sheith Khidhir Bin Abu Bakar


 

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