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Pakatan’s ‘Ubah’ is call for chaos, division, bankruptcy, says Muhyiddin

Muhyiddin said the opposition pact’s election manifesto would bankrupt the country. — file picMuhyiddin said the opposition pact’s election manifesto would bankrupt the country. — file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 — Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) cry for “Ubah” (change) in Election 2013 is a call for chaos, division and national bankruptcy because Malaysia is already peaceful, united and prosperous, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.

The caretaker deputy prime minister added that the opposition pact’s election manifesto would bankrupt the country, besides highlighting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, liberalism and pluralism as threats to the Muslim faith.

“Why do they want ‘ubah’?” said Muhyiddin at a thousand-strong gathering of ex-servicemen at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here today.

“If the country is peaceful and harmonious, but you want ‘ubah’, it means chaos. If the country is united, ‘ubah’ means division. If the country is prosperous with a rapidly growing economy, ‘ubah’ means bankruptcy,” added the Barisan Nasional (BN) deputy chairman.

The opposition’s call for “ubah” originally came from the DAP, who coined the term before the 2011 Sarawak state election in their campaign against corruption, using a hornbill called “Ubah” as its election mascot then.

PR is seeking to unseat BN — the ruling coalition that has been in power since independence which the opposition says has grown corrupt over the decades — in the May 5 polls with their clarion call “Ini kalilah” (This is it).

Muhyiddin also said today that LGBTs were a “Western practice”.

“It is their right, that it is true. But in Islam, there are rights and boundaries,” he said.

Pro-Umno bloggers have frequently implicated opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in sex videos, who has been slapped with two sodomy charges in court that the former deputy prime minister maintains are politically motivated.

Anwar was acquitted last year of sodomising Saiful Bukhari Azlan, with the latter’s father coming out to say that Anwar’s second sodomy charge was a political conspiracy.

A state-funded anti-LGBT musical was also shown in public universities recently ahead of the May 5 polls.

Muhyiddin also accused PR component parties DAP and PAS of bickering with each other, pointing out that both disagreed on the hudud issue.

“PAS makes a statement that they want to implement hudud, but the first to object is the DAP...They sleep in the same bed, but they dream of different things,” he said.

DAP national chairman Karpal Singh urged PAS last Friday to stop bringing up the issue of the Islamic criminal law to prevent BN from exploiting it.

MCA-owned newspaper The Star has been running full-page advertisements in the run-up to the May 5 polls that warn Malaysians against voting for the DAP, saying that a vote for the opposition party is a vote to create an Islamic country under PAS.