Anwar: Electoral Fraud = Rohingya
Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has criticized Southeast Asian countries that stay silent concerning electoral fraud and human rights violation in its region. Anwar hopes ASEAN and democratic countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines to speak out more on those issues.
“Democratic countries in Asia, like Indonesia and the Philippines, should step to the front. Even though relations with neighboring countries must be in harmony, they should not just stay silent on Rohingya or electoral fraud in Malaysia,” Anwar said yesterday. Anwar, who leads the opposition party in Malaysia, objected to the May 5 election result in his country which he thought had been filled with fraud. He claimed the opposition gained 52 percent popular votes, but his objection has been ignored by the Malaysian Election Commission.
ASEAN, in Anwar’s opinion, is weak in human rights enforcement. For more than 30 years, ASEAN has not done much on democracy in Myanmar. Human rights figure, Aung San Suu Kyi, for example, had been released only after pressures coming from the United States and European Union.
“Even now, on violence issue towards Rohingya, no statement has come from ASEAN,” he said.
These things happen due to the authority in one government that went on for too long. He took an example on Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s Prime Minister in 1959-1990, and Mahathir Muhammad, former Malaysia’s Prime Minister in 1981-2003. He said, these kinds of regimes have fooled the people, and Asian nations are not ready for democracy. This statement is often used to justify authoritarian government.
Anwar also said democracy in Indonesia can be more developed if the government elites put their people’s interests above all else and do not steal the people’s rights.
Aduhai, bila Anwar samakan kekalahan PR dengan masalah di Rohingya, memang nampak sangat keadaan terdesak. Sudah tidak ada idea.
Electoral fraud (yang gagal dibuktikan oleh Bersih dan mana-mana pihak sekalipun) tidak boleh disamakan dengan Rohingya. Dua isu yang jauh berbeza. Lagipun, setakat hari ini, Anwar tak mampu buktikan apa yang dikatakan sebagai fraud.
Untuk pergi ke Jakarta, dan menuduh kerajaan Indonesia sebagai bacul dan tidak berani menentang Malaysia dalam isu electoral fraud, memang sesuatu yang pelik. Mungkin tiba masa DUBES Malaysia di Indonesia, Pak Zahrain memberikan penerangan mengenai isu ini.
Yang pelik, orang Indonesia masih lagi beri muka kepada orang begini. Brengsek.