From Malaysian Insider
By Clara Chooi
Anwar Ibrahim laughed off Datuk Seri Najib Razakâ€™s barrage of stinging attacks against the opposition yesterday, claiming it showed the prime minister was feeling â€œdesperateâ€ and â€œunder siegeâ€.
The opposition leader noted that Najibâ€™s insults, made during his opening speech at the Barisan Nasional (BN) convention yesterday, were not in character for the premier, saying that this was a clear sign that snap polls were around the corner.
â€œClearly, he is sounding more desperate and clearly, he feels under siege although the entire instruments of power in government have been directed against me and other Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders.
â€œBut here is a prime minister who uses the police, the judiciary and the entire media at his disposal to launch severe personal attacks against me and PR leaders.
â€œBut at the same time, he is feeling under siege,â€ Anwar (picture) told a press conference in Parliament this morning.
The PR de facto leader was responding to Najibâ€™s speech yesterday when the premier uncharacteristically delivered his hardest-hitting punches yet on his foes in PR.
The prime minister had dedicated a good 20 minutes to attack the opposition, telling the over 2,300 BN delegates gathered at Wisma MCA here that PR leaders were â€œanti-nationalâ€ and engaged in â€œevil activitiesâ€ and â€œdangerousâ€.
â€œBe wary all, beware all, they are very dangerous. They are willing to sell just about anything, including discrediting Malaysiaâ€™s name abroad.
â€œI would like to explain here that they are anti-national. We must fight them to the end and make sure that this country will not be destroyed by their evil activities,â€ he had said in his speech.
Najib also levelled sarcastic remarks against PRâ€™s allegations of nepotism in Umno, pointing out that the opposition pactâ€™s PKR and DAP were the ones guilty of such a crime.
The premier made a direct reference to Anwar, pointing out that PKRâ€™s top leadership was crowded out by the former deputy prime ministerâ€™s family members.
Anwar is the PKR de facto leader while his wife Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is PKR president and the coupleâ€™s daughter, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, was recently elected a vice-president.
In the DAP, Najib poked fun at the father-and-son teams of DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and DAP chairman Karpal Singh and MP Gobind Singh by calling them a â€œtwo-family dynasty and hegemonyâ€.
But Anwar scoffed at Najibâ€™s words today, pointing out that the prime minister himself had risen to power because of his fatherâ€™s power as the former prime minister.
Najib is the eldest son of the countryâ€™s second Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.
Unlike the DAPâ€™s Lim family, Anwar said, Najib had an easy transition in his scramble for political power as he had ridden on his fatherâ€™s post.
â€œGuan Eng, now the Penang Chief Minister, had moved from a grassroots leader and he suffered in the process, even imprisoned for his principles and then elected by popular mandate.
â€œHe was not just put there simply because he was the son of the prime minister to be a candidate in parliamentary elections.
â€œSo for Najib to speak like that is, to my mind, shocking,â€ he said.
Anwar also slammed Najib for accusing the opposition of being â€œanti-nationalâ€ and questioned if the struggle to combat corruption and racism was considered â€œanti-nationalâ€.
â€œWe even submit ourselves to the Constitution. All three parties in PR signed a declaration, committing ourselves to constitutional guarantees.
â€œWe disagree with Umnoâ€™s cronyism and corruption, and although I am a Malay myself, I detest the idea of using the race card to appeal to the popular Malays while making the poor workers, the rubber tappers, feel that they are â€˜tuanâ€™. And yet, the few very rich Malays squander away and amass wealth by the billions,â€ he said, referring to the ongoing row over the concept of â€œMalay supremacyâ€.
He added that by rejecting the concept, it did not mean he was â€œanti-Malayâ€.
PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar agreed with Anwar that Najibâ€™s latest attacks on the opposition was a clear sign that the prime minister was feeling anxious of the peopleâ€™s support for PR.
â€œI thank him because indirectly, his attack on PKR and PR shows that he is sending a clear message to the people that PR is a coalition for the future of Malaysia,â€ he said.