“Saya dah tengok perjanjian. Inilah syarat yang dibuat Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas),” katanya dalam ceramah di Dataran Kak Yam, Kampung Sekolah Lenggong, Perak malam tadi.
Menyentuh polemik air di Selangor yang dimulakan proksi Umno BN dalam Syabas, Anwar berkata peranan kerajaan ialah mengurus dan mentadbir manakala keuntungan wajar dipulangkan kepada rakyat.
“Air, minyak (petroleum) itu adalah sumber (alam). Kita (kerajaan) hanya jaga amanah. Itu prinsip. Nak untung ratus juta buat apa? Air adalah hak kita semua. Janganlah bebankan rakyat,” katanya.
Dalam pada itu, beliau berkata, rejim Umno-BN terlalu takut kehilangan kuasa, kerana menyangka Pakatan Rakyat mentadbir Malaysia seperti gelagat mereka
“Orang Melayu kena tahu, monopoli ekonomi oleh kroni Umno BN punca Melayu miskin.
Anehnya, orang Melayu masih kekal sokongan pada rejim lama. Bila sibuk pasal material, kebendaan, bila masa nak fikir soal rakyat?” katanya.
“Tengok Ustaz Azizan (Razak) di Kedah. Dulu balak satu ekar RM1,000. Sekarang satu ekar RM19,000. Ada orang kata – itu dulu Datuk. Habis, mana pergi lagi RM18,000? Perintah 50 tahun, berapa BN ambil?
Justeru, beliau berkata, Ramadan adalah masa untuk rakyat bermuhasabah dan membuat keputusan kerana pimpinan Umno BN jelas membelakangkan kepentingan rakyat.
“Tiap malam mereka fitnah kita. Ada bagi ruang untuk kita cakap? Tidak ada. Ada dia keluarkan bukti? Dia tak berani,” kata Anwar. - keadilandaily
As Lenggong leans, so would Putrajaya...
A subdued Anwar Ibrahim played tutor to some 2,000 people in Lenggong, Perak last night who had gathered to hear the putative head of Pakatan Rakyat convince them that the electoral repudiation they are contemplating was essential to the country’s future.
Lenggong is an Umno bastion, regularly returning its nominees to Parliament and Perak’s state assembly, and restricting support to opposition parties to only 30 percent of the vote.
These days 30 percent is a viable electoral proposition for the opposition given that Chinese voters, who compose 18 percent of the Lenggong electorate, are unabashedly for Pakatan and the Malays are said to be divided between Umno-BN and Pakatan.
Hence it is no exaggeration to say that the way Lenggong leans in the eventual ballot at the 13th general election would be indicative of who would own the writ to Putrajaya for the next few years.
Lenggong lies on the lee side of the Main Range, 45km east of Kuala Kangsar on the road to Gerik, its predominantly Malay denizens (81 percent of the electorate) having produced almost all of Perak’s menteris besar since independence, a bit of political history that belies the apparent docility of the populace and the serene feel for life’s rhythms noticeable among its hill country folk.
Early arrivals at the last night’s PKR-organised ceramah would not have suspected that the crowd would be as big as it eventually was because of the small numbers who had straggled on to a football field just off the main Kuala Kangsar-Gerik road, a short distance before a right turn that brings visitors to Lenggong proper.
But on leaving the ceramah venue an hour and a half after its start time of 10.15pm, the crowd that was seen filing away from the shadows and recesses of houses fringing the field was far more substantial than was evident from the numbers seated on mats and cardboard sheets on the field during the speeches.
Apparently, Lenggong’s lot does not believe in tipping its presence.
That discretion was discernible from the reception they gave Anwar when he arrived which was distinctly short of the fervour that normally attends the opposition leader’s advent, with people scurrying to shake his hand and rousing to the battle cry of “reformasi, reformasi.”
Perhaps the lack of exuberance was due of the fasting month and the premium it places on self-possession.
Anwar himself was in not in the mood for the expansive gesture, speaking in subdued tones in keeping with the mortifying rigours of Islam’s holiest month such that the emcee’s disclosure at the end that it was the lead speaker’s 65th birthday hardly raised a stir.
However, there was no mistaking, even in the understated tenor of the evening’s proceedings, the spontaneity of the ‘ayes’ and ‘nays’ rippling through the crowd whenever Anwar punched a point in his castigation of Umno-BN’s record of governance.
Dataran Kek Yam, which is the name of the place where the ceramah was held, is a long way away from similarly-named but more august gatherings places along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, but in its rusticity and apparent isolation from the main information grids of the nation, you would think it improbable that there could be a link between the spontaneity of those ‘ayes’ and ‘nays’ and its source.
But, as Anwar is so fond of citing the wisdom of the Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset, that one should never underestimate the intelligence of the masses, Lenggong’s evident rusticity should not deceive one into thinking that its people are on the outs with what is to be had on the Internet.
These days physical attenuation is not tantamount to an informational disconnect and Gasset may well be turn out to be godfather to Lenggong electorate’s repudiation of its customary voting behaviour.- malaysiakini