Saifuddin Nasution: Malaysians leaning to Pakatan Rakyat, desperation forcing Umno to rely on dirty tricks
MARCH 26, 2013
With the 13th General Election almost upon us, PKR would like to forewarn the rakyat that this will be the dirtiest election in the country's history. There are high levels of fear within Barisan Nasional's (BN) leadership, despite the false confidence it portrays to the media.
More than the manipulation and control of information via mainstream media, government machinery is being abused to ensure a BN victory.
Taxpayers' money is being routed to cloud the rakyat from the reality that the country's competitiveness has slipped and economic achievements imbalanced. Umno leaders know their time is up. Despite their unrelenting arrogance, we are informed that their own intelligence reports tell them they are about to lose the election. Which is why the Prime Minister Dato' Seri Najib Razak is continuously delaying Parliament dissolution. Umno is actually struck by indecision and a crisis of confidence.
This is underlined by its extreme actions. The two prong tactic by Umno now is to scare the Malays and hiring mercenaries to use blogs to create and distribute doctored videos alleging sexual misconduct by PKR leaders. In the first prong they seed fear in the Malay community, telling that their future is doomed under Pakatan Rakyat. The truth remains that Umno is the real character gambling the Malay interest.
In the second tactic of alleging sexual misconduct, we are reliably informed that besides the present doctored video attempting to besmirch Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim's reputation, other sexual videos supposedly with other PKR leaders in them will be distributed soon. These videos are the result of digital image manipulation involving the coupling of separate scenes to provide the impression that our leaders are participating in sexual misconduct.
PKR would like to tell the Malaysian people that the instances of such insidious acts against us are expected and our leaders are capable of weathering them, for the righteous are often tested. NabiYusuf AS, Maryam AS dan Aishah RA faced too in their time such sexual allegations.
If these noble souls have been tested as such, surely humble men and women like ourselves will not be exempt from challenges and accusations. The experience will only increase our fortitude in this struggle and spurs us forward with more determination. We know the people see these doctored videos as desperate, despicable and over the top political tactics of Umno.
We are certain the Malaysian people will stand by the truth and won't be intimidated or fooled by Umno's morally reprehensible deceptions. They will choose wisely and build a better future for the country by voting Pakatan Rakyat.