"Projek 16 September" tidak akan berlaku sekali lagi, sebaliknya Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Anwar Ibrahim berkata, apa yang menjadi keutamaannya kini ialah memenuhi permintaan rakyat untuk memastikan pilihan raya di negara ini bersih dan adil.
Menurut Anwar, Pengerusi BN Najib Razak telah menang dalam pilihan raya kali ini dengan penipuan apabila terdapat beberapa dakwaan mengenai "pengundi hantu" serta pembelian undi semasa hari mengundi.
"Tidak (akan berlaku 16 September). Tetapi untuk masa sekarang kamu (kerajaan) perlu memenuhi kehendak rakyat. Kamu (kerajaan) telah curi pilihan raya ini daripada rakyat.
"Dan kita mahu, kerajaan sekarang menerima kenyataan bahawa kesahan penubuhan kerajaan mereka akan dipersoalkan. Mereka harus mempertimbangkan untuk menubuhkan satu Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya yang bersih dan adil.
"Ini bukan mengenai politik tetapi rakyat amat mahukan perubahan. Mereka berharap dan berdoa tentang suatu jangkaan yang sah daripada rakyat," katanya dalam temubual bersama Malaysiakini.
Beliau berkata demikian ketika ditanya adakah tentang kemungkinan berlakunya projek 16 September seperti pada tahun 2008 sekali lagi.
Pada 2008, Anwar membuat pengumuman akan berlaku perubahan kuasa pada 16 September apabila seramai 30 ahli parlimen BN didakwa akan menyertai Pakatan.
'Keputusan amat menyedihkan saya'
Sementara itu, ketika mengulas mengenai kenyataan Najib tentang "perdamaian nasional" serta "tsunami Cina", Anwar berkata, ia seolah-olah menunjukkan tanda "bermurah hati" kerajaan kepada rakyat.
Sebaliknya, Anwar berkata, Najib menyalahkan kaum Cina apabila mengatakan berlakunya "Tsunami Cina" selepas mengetahui keputusan pilihan raya umum semalam.
"Itu mungkin nak tunjukkan tanda-tanda bermurah hati tetapi itu bercanggah dengan diri dia apabila mempersalahkan (kekurangan undi BN) akibat tsunami Cina.
"Dia sepatutnya memahami apa masyarakat Cina mahukan dan kenapa kamu tidak boleh menghadapi isu ini.
"Saya kesal kerana dia (Najib) membawa isu perkauman. Perkara ini tidak benar dan 'nakal'. Saya tidak akan mendukung aliran perkauman dan budaya (perkauman) ini. Sifat tidak mewakili budaya Melayu dan Islam," katanya.
Selain itu dalam temubual itu juga, Anwar turut melahirkan kekecewaan dan sedihnya tentang keputusan pilihan raya umum semalam.
Beliau bagaimanapun tidak akan berputus asa, sebaliknya akan terus berusaha bagi mengembalikan kepercayaan rakyat bersama Pakatan.
"Ia amat menyedihkan saya. Tidak dapat digambarkan kekecewaan ini.
"Ya (Pakatan akan kekal bersama). Saya lihat Terengganu juga berpotensi. Kita akan pergi kepada proses dan akan mendesak untuk mempunyai satu sistem pilihan raya yang benar dan bebas," katanya lagi.
No plan for another 'Sept 16' bid...
PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim will not try another ‘Sept 16' style defection to dethrone the BN, but wants BN chairperson Najib Abdul Razak to concede that BN's legitimacy to rule is in question.
In his first interview with Malaysiakini after the 13th general election, Anwar said BN won the election by cheating as there were many instances of fraud, vote buying and other irregularities involving the Election Commission (EC).
"Yes, we will submit to the wishes of the people. But we, in the interim, want them (BN) to accept that their legitimacy is in question. They have stolen the election from us and the people," he said.
He said this when asked if there would be another 'September 16' - a code word for his move to entice 30 BN MPs to defect to Pakatan Rakyat on Sept 16, 2008, after the 12th general election in March that year.
After a bruising 15-day election campaign, BN bagged 133 parliamentary seats, seven less than in 2008. With 89 seats, Pakatan will need 23 defections to claim power.
On May 5, BN obtained less than 50 percent of the popular vote and it lost 230 state seats out of 505, making it its worst electoral showing in history.
According to the final tally, Pakatan obtained 53.29 percent of the total votes, while BN bagged 45.74 percent in peninsular Malaysia. The nationwide figures, which include Sabah and Sarawak, are 50.87 percent for Pakatan and 47.38 percent for BN.
Anwar wants Pakatan to pursue election petitions to challenge the validity of some of the results, which he said reslted from fraud and other voting irregularities.
He said that the Election Commission had acted unfairly during the campaign and would not even ensure that Pakatan had equal media access.
'Malays revolted as well'
Anwar maintained his charge that foreigners, after receiving dubious citizenship papers, had voted in the May 5 election.
"I met an Umno guy who knew about this, and I have asked him to speak up on the matter," said Anwar. "Are you not confident of Malays or other Malaysians determining the future of the country and you have to depend on foreigners?
"The Umno member replied that he disagreed and said that he had no part in it," he said.
Anwar also dismissed suggestions that the election results had shown racial polarisation, pointing out that many Malays - particularly in Kelantan, Selangor and Terengganu - had voted against BN.
Other examples cited by Anwar included the Bukit Katil parliamentary seat and Bukit Baru state seat in Malacca - two Malay-majority seats which were won by PKR and PAS respectively.
"More Malays attended 80 percent of the ceramah programmes in Johor Bahru. The same can be said up north, in Kulim and in Padang Serai.
"I won't deny that Chinese support for the opposition has been positive, but I do not support the racial polarisation claim.
"Without this rigging (of the election process), we would have achieved our target," he said.
On election night, Prime Minister Najib Razak blamed a 'Chinese tsunami' for BN's worst outing in election history.
PAS had it tough
Anwar expressed regretted over the losses suffered by moderate PAS leaders, such as the party's deputy president Mohamad Sabu, vice-presidents Salahuddin Ayub and Husam Musa, as well as central committee member Dzulkefly Ahmad.
He said that these leaders had to deal with issues that were being played to the Malay gallery, such as the contentious question of whether non-Muslims can use the term ‘Allah'.
"The ‘Allah' issue has been played up (by the mainstream media), with PAS given no opportunity to explain. They went on and it is grossly unfair to PAS, which has shown courage in stating the Islamic position on the ‘Allah' issue... but they (BN) went ahead.
"But given the small window to rebut and to explain in any fair and free elections in any country, we would have won as things were looking so good.
"You see the level of excitement and these kinds of things sadden me, for I can still visualise the people's frustrations, and affection, shown to us," Anwar said.
He said the EC had not acted on complaints of vote buying and Pakatan would continue with its agenda to reform the commission in order to have free and fair elections.
Anwar dismissed Najib's pledge to seek "national reconciliation", saying the PM's words rang hollow since he had, in the same breath, blamed the Chinese for abandoning BN.
"He may show signs of magnanimity but he does contradict (himself) by blaming (BN's losses on) a 'Chinese tsunami'.
"Just because he was unsuccessful in buying the Chinese leaders, as he had done with the Malays and Indians, it does not matter.
"There must be positive (steps) to his reconciliation (effort), and in the spirit of dialogue," Anwar added.-malaysiakini