Anwar function turns ugly as crowd attacks cops
GOMBAK, March 26 — A scheduled Pakatan Rakyat (PR) function here turned ugly last night when policemen attempted to stop Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from speaking, resulting in an angry mob attacking the police.
Anwar, who was the last speaker for the night, had spoken for about 13 minutes before the police intervened, as the PKR de facto leader was only given 15 minutes to speak.
The presence of a fully-armed 10-man Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) team did not sit with the crowd well, who mostly consisted of PR supporters. The crowd began throwing chairs and water bottles towards the police when they (the police) tried to stop Anwar from speaking.
Anwar himself had attempted to appeal to the crowd to calm down, but his voice was drowned by the sound of the 800-odd attendees.
PKR Youth Chief Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin confirmed that the police arrested a few PKR members.
“There were arrests, the AMK members are now at the Taman Melawati police station,” Shamsul told reporters.
“The way that they reacted, in trying to arrest him tonight, it’s uncalled for.
“People’s patience has certain limits, reached its patience,” said the PKR leader.
Anwar eventually left the function and was not arrested.
The Permatang Pauh MP wasted no time in mounting an offensive on the current sex video scandal, and accused Umno as well as the Najib administration of orchestrating a conspiracy to end his political career.
Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik has admitted that businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay, Perkasa’s Datuk Shuib Lazim and himself were collectively the mysterious “Datuk T” behind Monday’s screening of a sex video purportedly featuring Anwar with an unidentified woman.
The former Malacca chief minister also admitted that both he and Shazryl were behind the video.
He told reporters at a joint press conference together with Shazryl that the trio had chosen to step forward on their own accord because they wanted to show that “a person with high ambitions of wanting to be national leader and prime minister of Malaysia ... was not qualified.”
Abdul Rahim and Shazryl both denied the video was doctored.
“This Rahim is a criminal, a rapist but he is made a leader...they record pornography and they are free to walk.
“I was arrested and treated like a dog but you let them go free after recording statement,” said Anwar, in reference to his overnight arrest on July 16, 2008.
He told the audience here that they needed to reject Umno to teach them a “lesson.”
“They think we are stupid, teach Umno and BN leaders a lesson...tell them they are the idiots and fools,” said Anwar.
Anwar and Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers have since disputed the authenticity of the video clip, claiming it was a part of a conspiracy by Umno to topple the opposition leader ahead of the coming Sarawak polls.