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Wednesday, 27 August 2008
PITA POLITIK (74): WHAT SAY YOU - OPRESSION OR OBSESSION IN PERMATANG PAUH?
Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim and wife Dato' Seri Wan Azizah Ismail after the victorious campaign in the Permatang Pauh by-election 26 August 2008 (The Star-pix online by Asri Abd. Ghani)
Wednesday August 27, 2008 Anwar: Win a sign voters want change
BUKIT MERTAJAM: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has described his triumph in the Permatang Pauh by-election as “the second political tsunami” and said it was the people's victory.
“This election has been won due to the commitment and courage shown by the people.
“People want change for freedom and justice. They want the economy to benefit all,” Anwar said while addressing supporters after being declared winner of the parliamentary by-election yesterday.
“They have rejected oppression and they are saying they do not want to be taken for granted any longer.
“The people have sent a strong message to the Government,” he said, adding that the people have rejected the unfair distribution of the country's wealth.
He said his victory brought new meaning to the word “Merdeka”.
Anwar added that Pakatan Rakyat was bringing new hope to the people with its reform agenda.
“We will stick to our promise that the price of fuel will be reduced when we form the government.”
During a press conference later, Anwar said although the date of his swearing-in was at the discretion of the Speaker, he hoped to be in the Dewan Rakyat for Budget Day.
“I have promised the people that I would scrutinise Budget 2009 which will be tabled on Friday and as such, I should be sworn in tomorrow.”
With regards to Pakatan forming the government on Sept 16, Anwar reaffirmed that the planned takeover would materialise. (The Star Online 27 August 2008)
Comment: Another wake-up call for the ruling party. Probably leaders of the ruling party really need shake-up from bottom up to ensure continued support by the Rakyat (will someone define what rakyat means literally). Now it is between the government and the opposition in Parliament, between Adullah and Anwar. Anwar's keyword in his campaign is "change", the very word used by Barack Obama in the campaign fot the USA Election '08. And meanwhile the word "conspiracy" runs thick in the mind of the people who oppose the government. A sticky word it is and the government leaders should be well aware of its implication and effectiveness in propaganda warfare.
Now what is next for Anwar. The 16th September deadline, perhaps?