AIDCNews – 05/12/11 – Extract from the speech by Pasir Mas Member of Parliament Datuk Ibrahim Ali at the Dewan Rakyat on November 29, 2011.
…the Opposition leader, when I stand he would exit. Now, why is he so allergic to Pasir Mas? We were interned together at Kamunting for two years.
I spoke out during the UMNO Supreme Council meeting when it was deliberating on whether he should be sacked as deputy president, and now he is the opposition leader.
What I need to tell the rakyat is not about the importance of the opposition leader from Permatang Pauh, but the security of the country.
Therefore, Mr Speaker, when it comes to the opposition, no matter what we do for them they will still disagree…not unless the opposition leader becomes the Prime Minister.
Until he takes over that position…to be the Prime Minister and subsequently solve all his personal problems, he will keep on disagreeing.
I wish to respond a little to what the opposition leader has raised. He brought up the issue of Libya, democracy in Indonesia, things about ‘Operasi Lallang’, and the Bar Council which has already been mentioned. And after that he touched of Burma and Zimbabwe…I am really ‘impressed.’
I want to say…I want to show with my own hands, that this is the kind of politics that reek of double standards…hypocrisy…sheer hypocrisy!
It is hypocrisy and double standard of the first degree. Everyone knows it!
He claimed that when the MP from Pasir Salak mentioned about Operasi Lallang, he did not stand up to defend. But he stood up, gave a lengthy and convoluted answer, and later claimed that he, too, stood up to defend.
He turned around and questioned why none among the Barisan Nasional now question the action taken by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he was Prime Minister. Why didn’t anyone object?
It is ok for others not to have spoken or objected…but even he did not say anything. Remember, he was at the time the Deputy Prime Minister. So, say something! But, instead of doing that, he ran away.
I believe, even had he been with the government still, he would not have hesitated to support it (laughter)…even stronger than the others.
When will he repent?
I am so tired of him. Everyone is tired of this friend of ours. I don’t know when he will realise things and repent.
He mentioned Libya…just look at how he wanted to draw a parallel with the situation in Libya…he wanted to compare why the people rose against the government…because they had suffered cruelties…they were oppressed…this and that.
If there had been cruelty in Libya perpetrated by Muammar Gaddafi upon his people, let him deal with it. But why must NATO interfere? What we are against is the interference by NATO, which was backed by the Americans.
So, it is true that the Americans are ‘behind’ the opposition leader. (Laughter).
This was the one who went to Indonesia to instigate. Now, where is he? (Laughter)…the one who went to instigate was opposition leader, Anwar!
Mr Speaker, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from Permatang Pauh showed pictures. He would go over to Indonesia every two months to instigate and incite the Indonesian people.
He would tell them that the Indonesians here were being arrested, caned, humiliated, attacked and much more. That was him, too, and after that he compared us with Burma and Zimbabwe.
But, then again, I have never heard of anyone in Burma or Zimbabwe organising ‘Seksualiti Merdeka’ (laughter). No, I have not heard!
So, we want to be free. We want to have a benchmark for our country for democracy. To have a two-day gathering…We have a guided democracy.
We must look at our historical background. We must not blindly compare ourselves with the others.
Baling Demonstration in the 1970s
During the December 3 gathering, the Baling issue, in which the opposition leader was also involved, he went there to give a fiery speech…and claimed that they ‘rose because of poverty.’
Actually, Mr Speaker, I was among the organisers of the demonstration in Baling. The opposition leader was still not involved. It was only four days after he returned that he went to the National Mosque, where he gave fiery speeches, and took over.
From then on, he was the hero of the hour. He gave talks everywhere he went. He was the fighter for Baling
I think it was in 1974, Mr Speaker…I was speaking at Stadium Negara. It was at that time that that I came to know someone threw a stone that broke a glass panel at the National Mosque. It was a socialist group, and after that our friend ran away abroad.
And so, when a gathering becomes unruly, it will open up opportunities for thieves, robbers, communists and others to further threaten the security of the country.
The Sodomy and Sex Video Scandal
Yes, there are differences between Anwar, the opposition leader and I. I admit to what I have done.
Dare to do it, dare to face the consequences, but the problem with the opposition is they dare to do something but dare not admit it.
We know that before this, the opposition leader had to answer to the sodomy case involving Saiful Bukhari. I listened to the audio recording. I have heard him talking at a ceramah. I sat in the car, lowered the window and heard everything clearly.
He was the one who spoke…he defended himself…he was the judge…he was the lawyer…he was everything (Laughter).
Although I did not study law but only went to Holiday Inn, while he has people with ‘Inn’ after their name…Lincoln’s Inn or the Temples, but I know all about contempt of court when I see one. He could have been taken to task for humiliating the court.
But I still see things differently. Don’t know, maybe it was because of the Attorney-General, the police…who were responsible…but looks as though there wasn’t any political will.
The Malay Rulers and the government, they will at the end of it all emerge victorious in fighting this cruelty…where such cruelty emanated from someone who accused another of being cruel, whereas he is the one who is cruel.
So, there must be political will. If we are to wait it out like this…it is tantamount to contempt of court.
And after that, the prosecution wanted to investigate the video, which allegedly contains the image of a man, whose face looks like that of the opposition leader. I am 61 now, and I am afraid we will not be around to see the end of it all. (Laughter).
Just make it earlier…expedite it, if not things will be left hanging.