Stay away from Mahathir, pro-Umno group tells Anwar

Pemantau Malaysia Baru leader Lokman Noor Adam (middle) speaks at a protest today.

KUALA LUMPUR: A pro-Umno group today told Anwar Ibrahim to distance himself from Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, saying opposition supporters would forgive the PKR president elect if he was willing to do so.

Lokman Noor Adam, who heads the Pemantau Malaysia Baru group, said Anwar, who is slated to be the next prime minister, must speak out against the government on its “inconsistencies” in handling various issues.

“For example, he (Anwar) was relatively silent on the issue of Petron obtaining the supply contract for government vehicles,” he said, noting that the company was linked to Mahathir’s son, Mirzan.

“Even on Opcom, he did not issue any statement,” Lokman added, referring to the company of another of Mahathir’s sons, Mokhzani, which obtained the contract for broadband installation and restoration from Telekom Malaysia.

Lokman, who is also an Umno Supreme Council member, said if Anwar did not speak out against such issues, the group would rally against him as well.

“And I quote him on this: ‘lawan tetap lawan’,” he added.

Lokman earlier led a group of 30 opposition supporters in a peaceful protest outside a shopping mall here to show their dissatisfaction over the sales and services tax (SST) and the hike in prices.

This was the second protest led by Lokman this month. On Sept 7, he and 200 others protested against Attorney-General Tommy Thomas over his decision to drop charges against Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng in his purchase of a bungalow at allegedly below market price.

That protest turned chaotic after the police refused to let them march to the Dang Wangi police station.

Dang Wangi police chief Shahruddin Abdullah said Lokman’s group had not notified them of today’s protest.

He said the police would investigate the organisers under the Peaceful Assembly Act.