PENAMPANG : Even with a looming five-year jail sentence hanging over his head, defiant Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim told supporters in Sabah Wednesday he feared no one but Allah.
“I fear not to be jailed. I fear only Allah. They can send me to jail again, and I will continue to speak up for the people and against Umno. I will fight the corrupt Umno leaders till the end,” he thundered at a Reformasi 2.0 gathering of about 500 at Kampung Ramaya in Penampang, last night.
The PKR supremo blasted the current Umno-led federal government as the most rotten regime Malaysians had ever witnessed. He said opposition and hatred towards the Umno-led federal government is mounting by the days and it would be unstoppable.
“Umno is ruining this country with corruption, indignity and incapability of good governance. The people must stop this rot.
“Stop Umno from playing racial and religious issues, and the only way is throwing them away from Putrajaya,” said Anwar in his hour-long fiery speech that captivated his responsive audience.
Anwar who is also the MP for Permatang Pauh said the result from the Kajang by-election in Selangor showed that PKR and Pakatan Rakyat have the support of 60% of the electorates and that PKR has the support of the majority of Malays too.
“So all the talks by Umno leaders that PKR is only supported by the Chinese and Indian communities proved to be false.
“It is Umno and BN that are losing ground and is now trying to play racist politics but which is being discarded by right-thinking Malaysians.
He also accused Umno leaders of just being concerned with enriching themselves and their cronies.
“Umno leaders are not concerned with paddy farmers or the ordinary folks like you. They give you RM500 for BR1M and that is it,” he said.
Fight injustice, youths urged
Anwar said the ruling leaders are too detached from the real issues of rising cost of living, and this was evidenced by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s “RM1 chicken” and “kangkung” statements.
“Where in the world we can get a chicken for RM1? If a trader sells to a Prime Minister a chicken for a token RM1 that does not mean that all of us can get a whole chicken for only RM1 in the market.
“The other day, when I asked a trader in Kajang for a RM1 chicken, he only gave me a piece of chicken claw…” he said in jest, much to the laughter in the audience.
The maverick opposition leader also asked the younger generation to equip themselves with knowledge of real issues of life, and that they should search for knowledge on internet search engines like Google.
“Dont’ just Google for Justin Bieber. Google real issues because the baton is being passed to you the young generation to correct wrongs in this country.
“Fight the injustice this regime had caused to the people including in Sabah and Sarawak,” he said adding that knowledgeable citizens could not be easily manipulated by Umno and BN.
Anwar said he would go to nationwide to launch a second-wave of “reformasi” movement, and that he would be in Johor tomorrow and next in Kota Bahru, Kelantan at the invitation of PAS leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat.
“Ten of thousands of our supporters would turn out at these reformasi gatherings in Peninsular,” he claimed.
Also present at last night function were Sabah PKR chief, Lajim Ukin, his deputy Christina Liew, PKR secretary-general Saifudin Nasution, Penampang MP, Darell Leiking, former Suhakam vice chairman, Simon Sipaun as well as DAP Sabah secretary, Dr Edwin Bosi and representatives from PAS.