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PAS man fears failure of July 9

 | June 30, 2011

Umno desperate enough to ensure it does not happen at all, says Dr Mujahid

SUNGAI PETANI: There is a likelihood that Bersih’s Walk for Democracy will not happen this July 9.

PAS supreme councillor Dr Mujahid Yusuf Rawa believes Umno is desperate enough to abuse the law to prevent the rally from taking place at all.

“It might abuse anything at its disposal, including the Police Act,” he said. “But we shall see.”

He appealed to Umno to be responsible in exercising the power it currently holds. It must think of the future of the nation, he said. “Would we be reduced to a nation built on fear or would we become a nation thriving on democracy?”

Another PAS official, vice-president Mahfuz Omar, reminded Umno that it owed its very existence to street demonstrations.

If the British had clamped down on the anti-Malayan Union protests, he said, even Malaysia might not have come into existence.

“If Umno could fight for independence through street protests, I cannot think of a sensible reason why the Bersih rally cannot be held,” he said.

Mahfuz, referring to the possibility of Perkasa and Umno Youth holding their own rallies on July 9, urged the police to assign buffer zones to separate the rival groups.

Mujahid called on Umno and other Barisan Nasional parties to participate in the Bersih rally, saying a truly democratic electoral system would benefit all political parties.


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