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Musa’s ‘Arab Spring’ prediction will frighten voters, says Pakatan

February 11, 2013
(TMI) By Syed Jaymal Zahiid and Nomy Nozwir
February 11, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 — Tan Sri Musa Hasan’s prediction of an “Arab Spring” here after Election 2013 will intimidate Malaysians from voting freely, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) said today, urging the ex-top cop to trust that all parties would respect the democratic process.

National news agency Bernama quoted the former Inspector-General of Police yesterday as saying losers in the coming national polls would create chaos like the uprising in the Middle East to topple the elected government.

Musa has said the losers in the coming national polls would create chaos like the uprising in the Middle East to topple the elected government.

“As a former IGP he should stop making speculation like this. It is not giving confidence to the people to vote freely in the next election.

“His statement is not going the help anything. He should put more trust in the people’s choice,” DAP central executive committee member Anthony Loke told The Malaysian Insider.

Bernama also quoted Musa as saying the police should start gathering information to prevent this “Arab Spring”, the term used to describe the violent uprisings in the Middle East, from coming to Malaysian shores.

The former IGP also lamented that the fight to curb violent coups has been hindered with the repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA), a British-enacted law that allowed detention without trial. The Act was recently repealed and replaced with another security law, as a part of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s promise to widen civil liberties.

Previously, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad claimed there was an opposition conspiracy to replicate the uprisings should PR fail to wrest Putrajaya.

He had alleged that Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had spoken openly about it in an interview with an Australian media recently.

Several leaders from the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition have also made similar allegations.

In retaliation, PR leaders said the accusations were intended to coerce voters against backing at the upcoming polls an opposition that was steadily growing in strength.

“If it’s anyone that is going to launch an ‘Arab Spring’ it’s going to be BN,” said PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub.

Observers believe after 53 years of BN rule, the bloc could cause an upset in the polls that must be called by June. Riding on this, PR leaders countered their rivals by saying the ruling coalition would likely be the ones to launch a violent uprising.

“I am worried that BN would do so if they lose. On our side, there’s nothing to worry about. We from PAS are used to losing… we have won Terengganu but we lost it and we accepted it.

“We chose the democratic system. Even though we are denied equal level playing field we accept it,” said Salahuddin, a first-term Kubang Kerian lawmaker.

Meanwhile, Bernama also reported Musa as alleging foreign infiltration in the country’s political system which he alluded to PR, a pact he alleged promotes western liberalism at the expense of Islam, the country’s official religion.

Musa’s accusations came on the heels of his own seemingly pro-opposition statements criticising the government of power abuse and rumours that he had been courted to join PR.

PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang, when asked to comment on the matter, said Musa’s statement could have been twisted.

“I’m not sure if he did say those things. I am in indirect contact with the former IGP. I think his statement could have been twisted,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

Chua said he believed the police would remain neutral and facilitate the power transition smoothly.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. najib manaukau permalink
    February 12, 2013 5:02 am

    This Musa guy is , as usual, talking through the other end of his body, he is so used to do that throughout his career in the police force. As a consequent it has now been a second nature to him therefore he has nothing constructive to offer. He should instead stay home and just enjoy each passing day before his days in this earth are up.

  2. cannthinn permalink
    February 12, 2013 11:43 am

    With so many politicians making claims that there will be chaos and periodic reminders of May 13, do you think it is possible for the dissolution of the parliament and to hold election on May 11 which is a saturday, results on May 12 a Sunday and May 13 which is a Monday? Being so close to May 13 will definitely evoke memories amongst the older folks and sway them to maintain the status quo – just to be safe? Afterall many politician have given warnings of chaos periodically……. also the May 13 film may likely be screened close to election day ……….be just my reading of the current situation

  3. February 12, 2013 3:44 pm

    Seriously, if there is any uprising, it will be from the BN side! Let’s face facts. BN has been raping this country for all this while to the tune of billions of ringgit. Do you think these guys will give it all up so easily? I don’t think so. But whatever the case may be, I will still be voting for PR because it is time for a change! I love this country too much to see it continue in BN’s power knowing that the next governance by them will result in bankcruptcy, for sure!

  4. joehancl/PRAY, it works permalink
    February 12, 2013 9:55 pm

    People be wary of the lies of polictians but be not afraid. The world was not created by scare mongers. Almighty God watches over you.

  5. Serious Shepherd permalink
    February 13, 2013 12:57 am

    The experts, namely Mossad, CIA (which later “promise to do better”) and now PDRM, agree that Arab Spring is a negative development.

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