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Anwar slams BN for manipulating public institutions

Posted by amkpermatangpauh on September 2, 2009

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By Debra Chong

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 2 — In an immediate reaction to the highly-explosive constitutional battle in Ipoh this morning between the ousted Pakatan Rakyat government and its rival Barisan Nasional (BN), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said a legal assembly sitting can only be called by a “legitimate speaker.”

“For us, the legitimate speaker is the speaker elected by the State Legislative Assembly legally and not an illegally elected speaker from the floor,” the PKR adviser told reporters here after the high court postponed fixing a date for his Sodomy II trial to start.

Turning his attention to the Election Commission’s (EC) decision not to declare vacant the Kota Siputeh state seat in Kedah, the veteran politician continued his criticism against public institutions being manipulated by the powerful BN federal government.

“The decision by the EC is not surprising. We did not expect the EC will side with the decision of the speaker but we must understand,” he said, adding that his understanding of the law holds the state assembly speaker responsible for deciding the position of a state seat.

“The EC is expected to follow the rule of law but this time, as seen in the case of Perak, the EC is not seen to respect the rule of law and the mentri besar of Kedah has informed that they will challenge the EC’s decision in court,” Anwar said.

The former deputy prime minister turned opposition leader has been keeping a comparatively low profile lately, even as he continues to carry his justice-for-all campaigns on the road to small towns nationwide.

Weighing in on the recent controversial cow-head protest against the building of a Hindu temple in nearby Shah Alam, the Quran-quoting Anwar said: “There is nothing in Malay culture or Islamic principles that allow us to insult another religion.”

He said both Muslims and non-Muslims must respect the position of Islam as the “religion of the federation” but stressed that all citizens “must not” give in to religious bigotry and smear religions different from their own.

“I hope the police will conduct a professional investigation and not allow such desperate activities,” he added.

 

The Malaysian Insider

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