Aliran president Rama has expressed serious concern over Raja Petra’s deteriorating health (Photo credit: Mustafa K Anuar)
- Pakatan wants Parliament to deliberate on “motion of censure”
- PM says Parliament will convene as scheduled on 13 Oct
- PM says no plans for more ISA arrests
- Aliran expresses serious concern over RPK’s deteriorating health
1921: The Cabinet has approved a proposed Race Relations Act, reports The Star online.
1904: Blogger Samuel Goh sends this prayer for all ISA detainees:
Indeed let us all pray for all the detainees
Let us all do so on our bended knees
Remember that God wants us all to be free
So from truth and justice let us not flee
1900: Blog reader Harman Amri adds:
Abdullah’s refusal, first to meet Anwar, then to call for the emergency session of Parliament, is solid proof in my mind that Anwar has truly secured the support of the majority in Parliament.
1855: Blog reader Abdullah (not the PM!) has responded to the Malaysian Insider’s analysis:
Anwar holds a constitutional office, Malaysia’s Official Opposition Leader, which represents the other side. What makes Abdullah fail to meet him? What does he fear? And if Anwar meets Abdullah and fails to show the list, wouldn’t that help Abdullah more than Anwar? What makes Abdullah fail in taking up this golden opportunity?
1850: Aliran president P Ramakrishnan has expressed serious concern over Raja Petra’s deteriorating health.
Marina has every right to be worried over his health because “her husband suffers from heart artery blockages and is on medication”. At this point in time nobody can confirm if Raja Petra is taking his medication or whether he is being monitored by a doctor.
What he is being subjected to is absolutely unacceptable and uncalled for. What makes it worse is the fact that Raja Petra’s human rights are being violated with impunity by a country that sits as a member on the United Nations Human Rights Council that is tasked with protecting and preserving human rights. The way he is treated makes a mockery of our position on this Council and renders it untenable.
1840: Responding to a question whether Anwar would be detained under the ISA, the Prime Minister said there was no suggestion from him to use the ISA on anyone, The Star online reports. According to Malaysiakini, Abdullah said that he had no plans to use the Internal Security Act “against Anwar or anyone else”. We will be watching to see if he keeps his word.
1828: The PM has rebuffed Pakatan’s call for an emergency Parliament sitting. He says Parliament would sit as scheduled after Hari Raya, reports the NST. Now what? How is the Pakatan going to respond? Meanwhile, Anwar”s sodomy trial is set for 24 Sept.
1803: Malaysian Insider is describing Anwar’s latest moves as a “master stroke in buying time” to allow him to persuade MPs to cross over.
The Opposition icon knows that failure to deliver 31 MPs and oust Abdullah and BN out of Parliament will hurt him in the court of public opinion. His latest challenge to Abdullah suggests that he needs more time to get the numbers.
1730: Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Hasan Malek has made a report with the ACA, alleging that he was offered bribes to cross over to the Opposition, reports Bernama. He did not disclose the amount offered. “What was clear I was promised a very bright future. People can interpret that.”
1718: SAPP youth chief Au Kam Wah, who is also the Elopura state assembly member, has quit the party, reports Bernama. He will now be an independent rep. SAPP senior vice-president Jimmy Wong has also quit, according to the NST.
1600: The Umno Supreme Council meeting gets underway.
1443: “Tuesday is the critical date,” says Anwar. “I said we have the list of names, we want to share the list with the PM, failing which we will go to Parliament. You want me to reveal the list and let them be harassed?”
1440: He explains why they can’t wait for Parliament to convene on 13 Oct. He says the country is in a state of a political and economic flux and there is a need to resolve this quickly.
1438: The MPs want Anwar to give a guarantee that they will be allowed to attend Parliament safely on Tuesday. Teresa Kok too should be allowed to attend Parliament, insists Anwar.
1433: If this is rejected, Anwar says Pakatan will call an urgent meeting to discuss their options. “It is critical for the PM to respond.”
1431: “There is no reason for me to be arrested under the ISA,” says Anwar. “We have a major economic crisis… it is therefore important for them to think of the nation and not for themselves. This is now a minority government. The majority of MPs are now with us.”
1429: Anwar has met key fund managers and they told him they wanted to see comprehensive reforms: judificial reforms, free media, investor-friendly policies, a professional police force. The current administration has done nothing to advance these reforms.
1426: Anwar says a letter has been sent to the PM asking him to convene an emergency sitting of Parliament by Tuesday. “It warrants an immediate response.” Any delay would be interpreted as sabotage of the democratic process, he adds.
1422: The press conference gets underway. Anwar clarifies that the letter he sent to the PM used diplomatic language such as ensuring national security, “We can’t very well say we want to topple you.”
1419: The room is filled with the loud chattering of several dozen media personnel present. The media conference has not yet started.
1406: The press conference is about to start.
1234: The Shah Alam High Court will deliver its decision on the Altantuya murder case on 31 Oct, reports the NST.
1216: Anwar is holding a press conference at PKR headquaters at 2.00pm. “He must reveal more than he did a couple of days ago to show that he has a majority; otherwise, he could be in danger of losing the psychological battle,” a veteran political commentator tells me.
1157: All eyes are on the Umno Supreme Council meeting at 3.00pm, which could discuss the transition plan, Mahathir’s possible re-entry into Umno, and the Cabinet reshuffle. And how will they handle Muhyiddin?
1154: The KLCI has plunged to 966 points, dipping below the 1,000 mark.