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- Insulting Umno doesn’t mean insulting Malays, says Anwar
Posted: 25 May 2014 03:09 AM PDT
Anwar Ibrahim today said that an insult to Umno is not an insult to Malays. Calling them thieves, he questions why Umno should be allowed to get away with hateful speech if others can’t.
Posted: 25 May 2014 02:14 AM PDT
Anwar Ibrahim said if Pakatan Rakyat emulates Umno’s reaction to the “celaka” (damned) remark, they would need to storm Parliament on a regular basis.
“If that (Umno’s reaction) is to be a measurement, how many times would we need to storm Parliament due to the rude attitude and statements by Umno leaders and ministers?
“But we cannot do that,” he told journalists at the sidelines of his daughter's wedding in Kajang this afternoon.
He was responding to Umno Youth’s storming of the Penang state assembly after Seri Delima state assemblyperson RSN Rayer labelled the party “celaka” in the house.
Posted: 25 May 2014 02:13 AM PDT
Insulting Umno does not mean insulting the Malays, PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today.
“While we appreciate the struggle of previous Umno leaders, it does not mean we acknowledge the current leaders who are robbing the rakyat,” Anwar said.
“What is this nonsense that insulting Umno means insulting Malays? Umno is Umno. The Malays are Malays. They are separate.
“Brothers, who apparently rob the Malays, are idolised as defenders of the Malays.”
He said Umno leaders who defended the actions of Umno Youth members who barged into the Penang legislative assembly were irrational.
“If a DAP lawmaker is accused of insulting Umno and justifies the action of barging into the Penang assembly, then we would have stormed Parliament on numerous occasions.
“After all, Pakatan Rakyat has been insulted on numerous occasions in the Dewan Rakyat,” Anwar said.
The controversy began last week when DAP Penang’s Seri Delima state assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer uttered "Umno celaka" (Umno be damned) in a sitting.
Following Rayer’s remarks, a group of people claiming to represent Umno Youth barged into the Penang state assembly in search of Rayer.
Twelve people were arrested although they were later released on police bail.
The following day, another group of Umno Youth members demonstrated in front of the DAP headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.
They intimidated DAP officials and even threatened to burn the building.
On Thursday, a group claiming to represent Umno Youth and Malay NGOs attacked the DAP office in Kuantan, damaging its front door and pelting eggs at the office.
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