A fresh legal poser for Anwar Ibrahim emerged when a Penang group calling itself ‘Concern Citizens’ lodged a police report against the opposition leader for creating “instability, disharmony and disorder” over his Sept 16 plan to seize power.
In the police report lodged at 3pm at the Jalan Patani police station in Georgetown today, the de facto PKR leader was alleged to have incited public hatred against the duly-elected Barisan Nasional federal government.
Group spokesperson Wan Abidin Zain claimed that Anwar’s relentless pursuit to take Putrajaya from BN’s grasp was “undemocratic, immoral and irresponsible”.
The group, comprising about 15 people, rapped Anwar of being selfish and inconsiderate by embarking to grab power last Tuesday, causing Malaysians to press the panic button fearing that the country was about to descent into unrest and uncertainty.
The group claimed that some parents did not even send their children to school and many went on a buying spree to stock up essential household goods.
“Anwar creating a near chaotic situation and panic among Malaysians. He posed a threat against the country’s economy and shook the confidence of foreign investors.
“He triggered a political crisis and stalemate on Sept 16,” said Wan Abidin, calling on the police to investigate Anwar for sedition and causing public disorder.
During the press conference by Wan Abidin, who claimed to be non-partisan, several others who were with him shied away from cameras to avoid being identified.
It is not clear whether they are linked to the ruling BN coalition.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Anwar was a threat to the country’s economy and security, but denied he would use the draconian Internal Security Act against his political opponent.
However, Abdullah’s statement and Wan Abidin’s police report today have raised concern among Pakatan Rakyat leaders and civil rights activists of a ‘bigger ISA operation’ to clamp down on political dissidents.