February 7, 2010
Pakatan will soldier on
by Humayun Kabir (February 6, 2010)
This is the message that Anwar put across in his brief speech to some 2,000 people who attended the first anniversary of Barisan Nasional’s political coup in Perak programme organised by Pakatan in Air Tawar last night.
Anwar believes that UMNO is under the wrong impression that by removing him from the political arena, Pakatan will collapse. The opposition leader, who claims that the sodomy charge is a political conspiracy by his rivals, noted that he is facing an uphill battle.
“Insya-Allah (God willing), we hope to win this case as we have a strong legal team headed by Karpal Singh.
“However, if I am in (jail) or out (freed), it does not make a difference to the political struggle of Pakatan which will continue,” he said to thunderous applause.
The heavy police presence outside did not deter the crowd from cramming the hall to hear the speeches of several Pakatan leaders such as DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang and ousted Perak menteri besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.
Kit Siang: We must move on
While speculation is rife that come next Tuesday, the Federal Court might decide in favour of Nizar as being the rightful menteri besar, Pakatan leaders however were less optimistic. But when Perak DAP chief Ngeh Koo Ham took to the microphone and posed the question if Nizar would win the case, a rousing ‘Yes’ rippled through the crowd.
Nizar also expects BN Menteri Besar Zambry Abd Kadir to do the same. However, Zambry has told the media previously that he will not be pressured by Pakatan to hold a snap polls.
Pakatan speaker V Sivakumar called on the Indian community in Perak to free themselves of BN’s shackles whereas PKR state deputy chief Dr Lee Boon Chye had the crowd in stitches when he dissected the medical claims made by Anwar’s accuser, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
DAP’s Lim, who was the last speaker, also stressed on the importance for Pakatan to move on even if Anwar is convicted.