Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim says opposition leaders are being irresponsible by urging the people to topple the government
They are out to topple govt through rallies, says Tunku Aziz
PETALING JAYA: TUNKU Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim came out with guns blazing yesterday and labelled opposition lawmakers as "anarchists" for propagating illegal activities by staging illegal rallies to topple the government.
The former DAP vice-chairman, who is now a harsh critic of the opposition pact, was in a fiery mood when he said opposition leaders had always been belligerent about toppling the government, which was contradictory to their stature as lawmakers.
From spouting ludicrous accusations to holding rallies that threatened public order, Tunku Aziz said such a trait was highly evident during Bersih demonstrations.
On Pakatan's protests against the general election results, Tunku Aziz said: "The fact that (Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim) did not make it to Putrajaya, he (and his supporters) should leave other Malaysians in peace.
"They are all lawmakers, the likes of Anwar, (Lim) Guan Eng, (Lim) Kit Siang and others. And yet they are prepared to become lawbreakers by supporting a movement (Bersih) that had intended to break the law."
And now, in the wake of the circulation text message sent by pro-opposition group Solidariti Anak Muda calling for a rally in Kuala Lumpur to "overthrow the government", Tunku Aziz described the message as an open declaration to create chaos in the country.
"This is the work of anarchists! Dangerous anarchists, who do not respect the law. They talk about observing the rule of law. That is pure rhetoric.
"What they are saying today is 'let's topple the government'. Is this a responsible act? Are these the people we can give our trust to rule this complex, multiracial society? My answer is definitely, no!"
He said the group, led by PKR Sungai Acheh assemblyman Badrul Hisham Shaharin, had even prepared salt and masks for the Sunday rally to imply that they were prepared for a clash with the authorities.
"There is no hidden agenda. The message is an open declaration of bringing down a legitimate government, that has won the recent general election. They could not do it (change the government) through the ballot box.
"What they are doing now is to take it to the streets and cause as much damage as possible, fight the police, overturn cars and burn buildings.
"This is what the opposition is encouraging the people to do," Tunku Aziz said at a joint press conference yesterday with former DAP leader Tan Tuan Tat.
Tunku Aziz also revealed an email exchange between him and DAP chief of staff Foo Yueh Chuan who had asked him on his possible attendance for a "sit-in" at Dataran Merdeka last year.
"I told Foo that I oppose street demonstrations. DAP life advisor Dr Chen Man Hin, however, replied that he was delighted to participate in the sit-in that could mark the beginning of a "Malaysia Spring".
"What is the meaning of this statement? Is it in the context of an illegal demonstration? It really has to mean (or relate to) the Egyptian spring or the Arab spring ... which is really about what?
"They even tried to insult our intelligence by saying that the Malaysian Spring is about 'Musim Bunga'."
Tunku Aziz said he would not subscribe to the leadership of DAP especially if the party supported demonstrations by movements bent on breaking the laws of the country.
On the safety of people and how the matter could be resolved, Tunku Aziz said the government was aware of the issue and steps were being taken to contain the possible formation of rallies.
"The government has the police and other institutions (to safeguard public order). You should have no fear, but just be careful. Because these people who are promoting acts of violence, they do not care two hoots about your safety."
Badrul Hisham, also known as Chegubard, when contacted said the gathering would be held at a field opposite the Amcorp Mall in Petaling Jaya on Saturday, and not on Sunday as stated in the text message.
He said 50 non-governmental organisations would join the "Suara Rakyat 505" event and make three demands -- re-elections in areas they believe electoral fraud had been committed, disbanding of the Election Commission and for Bersih 2.0 to organise a "People's tribunal" to look into the hundreds of reports of alleged election fraud. Additional reporting by Yiswaree Palansamy