Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Black 14: The Begin of The New Dawn

Assalamualaikum w.b.t

Here, I would like to share a latest article taken from Al-Jazeera regarding Black 14 gathering at Sultan Sulaiman Club on 14th April 2008

Anwar threatens Malaysia government

Anwar will be able to run for office again when
a five-year ban runs out on April 15 [AFP]

Malaysia's de facto opposition leader has said that he could topple the ruling coalition because enough members inside the government have agreed to defect to his side.
Anwar Ibrahim made the claim just before police broke up a rally aimed at celebrating the end on Monday of a five-year ban that had kept him from running for political office.

"Now I can say for the first time that we are ready to govern the country," Anwar said.
"We have the numbers ... Some [government legislators] have had discussions with us, but we are not in a hurry."

Organisers estimated 40,000 people gathered to hear Anwar's first public speech in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, since last month's general elections.
Police said the number was closer to 4,000.
"We are just waiting for the right time. We want to create a new era for Malaysia," Anwar said to applause from the crowd.
"We will hand over the parliamentary opposition post to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi."
Police halted Anwar an hour into his speech and the crowd dispersed peacefully.
Political opposition
Police said the rally was illegal because it did not have a permit required by Malaysian law for all public assemblies of more than five people, and had urged people to stay away.
Officially Malaysia's opposition coalition has 82 seats in the 222-member parliament but unofficially has enough parliamentary members to form a government, Anwar said before police surrounded the rostrum where he was speaking.
Anwar himself will be able to run for political office again on April 15, after the five-year ban imposed following a conviction for corruption, expires.
He was cast into the political wilderness after being dropped in 1998 by Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's former prime minister and, originally, a mentor of Anwar's.
But, as the ban comes to an end, his political fortunes have also been revived by the opposition's gains in last month's general elections.
For the first time in 40 years, the opposition prevented the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition from taking a two-thirds parliamentary majority and seized control of five states.
Barisan's poor showing sparked some calls for Abdullah Badawi, the current prime minister, to resign, although he has refused to step down.

** Such a big worry to my beloved Pak Lah. Hope that Pak Lah would take an aggressive approach to revolutionise his team. Dissipitate all those corruption elements, cronyism and nepotism which spark the uneasiness and dissatisfaction among Rakyat. Or else, you would be watching the end of your reign pleasantly soon. We want to see a fresh idea coming from a fresh leader. But you and your cronies stop it! Now you can see the wave that may shaken your 'throne'. Good luck my dear Pak Lah and DSAI!

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