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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Pakatan MPs Break Ranks with Anwar Over King’s Speech
It seems Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is now totally out of step with his own side of politics.
Just a day after he tried to downplay the King's speech as being merely a starting point for debate, MPs from his own side of the chamber have lined up to disagree with him.
On Tuesday the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, called on the rakyat to discard attributes which caused disunity, saying: "I urge everyone to foster unity among Malaysians and do away with disruptive attitude."
To most people, a monarch wanting to see his nation united would seem uncontentious, but Anwar's reaction was swift. He effectively accused the King of being a BN mouthpiece.
But not everyone agrees with Anwar's blatantly self-conscious reaction.
PAS MP Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi praised the speech, adding that he welcomes cooperation between the Government and Opposition as long as it was based on Islam.
"Cooperation, as taught in Islam, would bring good, not something that would be detrimental or encourage hostility," he said, totally abandoning his leader.
PKR's Zuraidah Kamaruddin welcomed Tuanku Abdul Halim's words of encouragement for women in the workforce.
"Family institutions need to be strengthened, the relevant minister needs to take proactive measures to increase the use of women power in the country," she said.
And PAS MP Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz was even more fulsome in his praise saying: "The King's speech has left a positive impact on all of us. He has placed high hopes on us to work together to develop the country."