Mukhriz: Pakatan conspiring with foreigners to invoke ‘Malaysia Spring’

(The Malaysian Insider) – Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir accused Pakatan Rakyat (PR) today of colluding with foreign powers to flare up violence and invoke the “Malaysia Spring” that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim recently predicted for the coming polls.

Calling the Opposition Leader “desperate”, the Umno deputy minister told his party’s annual general assembly here that “Anwar Ibrahim himself has flared the seeds of revolution ala Arab Spring” to topple the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration.

He said the opposition has been using street protests to conspire against BN and went a step further to allege that a death was even “faked” during the Bersih 2.0 July 9 march for free and fair elections.

“Actually, my honourable delegates, whether you realise it or not, the opposition is the new tool of the foreign powers.

“The opposition gets a lot of funding and lots more of other support to attain their objective of what they have coined as regime change. Question I am asking is, are we going to allow the new era of colonisation to happen here?” he thundered to the sea of delegates gathered for the assembly today.

Anwar had recently predicted the coming of a “Malaysia Spring” in the next general election, confidently telling US newswire Bloomberg in an interview that PR will wrest Putrajaya from BN.

“We’re taking over the government at the rate we’re going,” he was quoted as saying in the interview carried on the newswire early last month.

The opposition leader, who is facing the prospect of possible conviction for the second sodomy charge in his career, had cited the Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9 as a sign of growing support towards PR.

The march for free and fair elections, organised by the election watchdog group, drew thousands of protestors to streets of the capital but turned chaotic at midday when police launched tear gas canisters and water cannons to disperse the crowd. Over 1,500 arrests were made.