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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mujahid: Anwar didn't mention King or armed forces

Wong Choon Mei  

KUALA LUMPUR, March 22: Pakatan Rakyat leaders have questioned the veracity of recent comments made by Bayan Baru MP Zahrain Mohd Hashim, who told Parliament that Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim had claimed to have the support of the King and the armed forces in taking over the federal government in 2008.

They also chided Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin for suggesting a probe against Anwar based on these remarks, urging him to investigate Zahrain rather than Anwar.

“In the aftermath of the March 8, 2008, general election Anwar told us to prepare for a number of Umno-BN lawmakers to cross over and help Pakatan win control of the federal government,” PAS central committee member Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa told Harakahdaily.

“But that’s all. He never gave any further details. So what Zahrain said in Parliament is his own story. We don’t know where he heard it from and we certainly don’t think he is telling the truth.”

Another foolish remark from the DPM

Zahrain had quit PKR in February amid a cloud of corruption allegations. Yet despite this piece of recent history and the unilateral nature of his accusations, Muhyiddin chose to accept his words as gospel truth.

“He (Zahrain) is willing to swear in Parliament. This is not a statement which we can view lightly because he knows better what has been taking place in PKR,” the DPM was quoted as saying by Bernama.

Muhyiddin's controversial response sparked anger amongst Anwar’s supporters, who slammed him for unfairness and biased behavior unbecoming of his stature.

“It looks like another unwise remark by Muhyiddin. Really, he has been making quite a lot of illogical statements of late. Zahrain is the one who made the comments, so he should be the one to be investigated, why Anwar?” PKR MP for Batu Tian Chua told Harakahdaily.

Vendetta in Parliament

Indeed, Zahrain’s belligerence towards Anwar and his former colleagues has drawn public anger, with even his constituents distancing themselves from his remarks.

Many have accused him of making use of Parliament to propagate his own vendetta against the PKR adviser, who refused to back him against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Zahrain had fallen out with Guan Eng, publicly criticizing him for poor leadership. Whilst Guan Eng counter-accused him of being upset because the Penang administration had refused to approve a RM40 million golf course management contract to a RM2 ringgit firm he had recommended.

Since then, Zahrain and other former Pakatan colleagues such as Kulim Bandar Baru MP Zulkifli Noordin and Nibong Tebal MP Tan Tee Beng have tried their best to drag Anwar and Pakatan through the mud, taking especial advantage of the current parliamentary session.

"This is not right and there is still opportunity for that person to repent," chided PAS spiritual adviser Nik Aziz Nik Mat.


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