KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s unsubstantiated claims of having 31 Barisan Nasional MPs crossing over has caused tension in the country, said MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.
“His claim has caused a lot of confusion with inaccurate facts. All parties seemed to have been ridiculed and this has also caused tension in the society.
“Many people are asking whether they are safe to move about. Foreign investors have also started to worry about security in Malaysia,” said Ong after chairing the central committee meeting at Wisma MCA yesterday.
Ong described such an act as irresponsible and the tactic of “crying wolf” and the public should no longer believe him.
Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said that Anwar’s Sept 16 promise was no big deal.
“Today is Malaysia Day and it shall be commemorated as such. We should celebrate it in a special way, not speculate on what will happen,” he said.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu also said that Anwar’s claim was merely a sandiwara.
Liberal Democratic Party president Datuk V.K. Liew lambasted Anwar for “bluffing” the people.
Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Datuk Seri Dr James Masing said he did not believe Anwar had the numbers.
Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said described Anwar as being a “desperado”.
He also said that there’s no need for Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to meet Anwar as it was part of Anwar’s psychological warfare to dupe Barisan Nasional members and the people.
Fellow vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the people should not be taken in any longer by Anwar’s antics, which he likened to the noise from an empty vessel.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said Anwar should realise that there was no shortcut to being a Prime Minister.
“He has a good imagination but I still think that he needs to go by the proper channel to become a Prime Minister as trying to be one by taking a shortcut will only create problems,” he added.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam is exasperated with how the political tirades whipped up by Anwar and the Pakatan Rakyat over the past few months concerning Sept 16 had tainted the significance of that day and diluted its true meaning.
Dr Chan, who is the Sarawak United People’s Party president, was also annoyed that many Barisan politicians (outside Sarawak) had been lured into this “game” by Anwar and had been wasting time and resources trying to outwit Anwar.
Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party Datuk Peter Nyarok said his party felt let down by the manner in which Sept 16 was played up into a wayang kulit show.
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