Thursday, May 16, 2013

'US also endorsed victories of Marcos and Mubarak'

By Aidila Razak & Abdul Rahim Sabri

The United States may not have had complete information before endorsing the results of Malaysia's May 5 general election, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said today.

He said the same had happened in other countries where the global superpower has endorsed leaders as legitimate, only to see them toppled through popular uprisings.

"What's important is what Malaysians decide.

"After all, the Americans had earlier recognised the elections in the Philippines under Ferdinand Marcos and in Egypt under Hosni Mubarak.

"So I think it is also important for the Americans to be given facts to objectively evaluate (our election)," Anwar said.

Speaking to reporters after a Pakatan Rakyat leadership council meeting this afternoon, Anwar said it was likely that US President Barack Obama would be aware of the "huge expressions of anger and outrage" among Malaysians against alleged electoral fraud.

Also, in Kuantan last night, Anwar said Pakatan would seek assistance from the US in its bid to address alleged fraud during the general election.

He said Pakatan would furnish “proof” of the fraud to Obama.

Addressing the crowd during the ‘Blackout 505' rally in Kuantan last night, Anwar (left) said the opposition was taking such a measure in order to solicit a response from the powerful nation on BN’s win, which he alleged is contributed in part by “foreign voters”.

“Oh, he said (Barack) Obama telephoned Najib (Abdul Razak). It’s okay, no problem. But I want to tell President Obama... America launched a war in Iraq, for what? For democracy in Iraq.

“I want to tell America, we will give it proof of fraud and (we) want to see what you will say.

“Malaysia was won by Umno in the recent election, not only by the votes of Malaysian citizens, but by 'Banglasia' votes,” he said.

This solicited a enthusiastic response from the 30,000-strong crowd gathered at the PKR centre on Jalan Beserah in the Pahang capital last night.

The Pakatan supremo was referring to a Bernama report concerning Obama’s congratulatory phone call to Najib on the latter’s success in garnering the mandate of the people to continue to lead the nation.

In the surprise call, Obama has reportedly stated he understood and accepted the election process as well as the results of the recently-concluded Malaysian polls.

In a statement released last night, the Prime Minister’s Office stated that during the phone conversation between the two leaders, Obama was briefed on the government’s efforts to ensure a clean and fair election process.

Meanwhile, last night, the Permatang Pauh MP also slammed the Election Commission (EC) for purportedly accepting votes by non-citizens as “common”.

Anwar further deemed the EC’s explanation that these voters possess blue MyKad as “irresponsible”.

“Hence, I have said I want to save this country. The first who needs to retreat, the EC (chairperson) must be stopped immediately,” he said.

~ Malaysiakini

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