Saifuddin Nasution expresses disgust over Najib’s reliance on dubious sources of information.
KUALA LUMPUR: PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail today rebuked Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for what he said was the latter’s reliance on “roadside” sources to assess Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s popularity.
“For Prime Minister Najib to collect his information from the roadside is something that is disgusting,” he said in response to Najib’s statement that he had heard murmurs in Merlimau and Kerdau that there was uneasiness in Pakatan Rakyat over Anwar’s campaigning for PAS in recently-concluded by-elections.
Najib said he had heard that some parties had even sent messages to Anwar asking him not to campaign on the ground.
“We strongly reject the claim,” Saifuddin told reporters in Parliament. “It has become a given fact that Anwar is a significant factor in determining the strength of the Pakatan.”
He said it was “disastrous” for the nation to have a prime minister who relied on dubious sources for his information.
He added that Barisan Nasional leaders were increasing their attacks on Anwar in the hope of weakening him and thereby PKR and the Pakatan alliance.
He claimed that the people on the ground were more interested in controversies surrounding Najib.
“The rakyat want to know who stole another person’s wife or who killed the Mongolian girl,” he said.
“Call it grassroots sentiment or SB report or military report. I was part of the system. I know how Najib operates”.
Saifuddin, who is the MP for Machang, will read Anwar’s speech in Parliament in his absence. He is expected to do it either late today or tomorrow.
Anwar, along with Karpal Singh, Azmin Ali and R Sivarasa, is under a six-month suspension from parliament for ridiculing the 1Malaysia campaign.
Saifuddin also raised a red flag over the issue of 6,000 new postal voters being registered in Pangkor.
The deputy chairman of the Election Commission (EC), Wan Ahmad Omar, said last week that the increment was due to political awareness among military wives.
However, Saifuddin said he still had his suspicions, citing a similar case in Kok Lanas, Kelantan.
PAS recently filed a complaint with Kelantan’s registrar of voters over the status change of 449 women voters. Their names had been transferred from the regular voters’ list to the postal voters’ list without their knowledge.
All 449 were listed as residing in the same address in an army camp.
Saifuddin said it was proven during a public hearing called by the registrar that none of the 449 had filled in Form A, a procedure that is necessary in changing a voter’s status.
Saifuddin said he suspected that “one party is systematically” committing election fraud.
The Kok Lanas case, he added, was merely the tip of the iceberg. He said the EC must investigate the Pangkor case.