ABU not owned by anyone, says Chegubard

(Malaysian Digest) – The Asalkan Bukan Umno (Anyone But Umno) movement is not owned by anyone, says one of its core members Badrul Hisham Shaharin.

Badrul, or better known as Chegubard, said ABU has been around for a long time, but now it has been given a new ‘color’ with the main objective of uniting the rakyat to fight against Umno which he claims has been dividing the people all this while.

“So today we unite simultaneously throughout the nation starting from 9 December 2011,” said Chegubard during a press conference at the Rapat Rakyat: Asalkan Bukan Umno ceramah today.

He said in ABU’s campaign, its members will distribute leaflets, conduct ceramahs and organize meetings all over the country.

He said ABU will cooperate with every rakyat and organization as long as it is not Umno.

So far, he said, 200,000 VCDs have already been distributed throughout the country.

Meanwhile, PAS vice president Datuk Mahfuz Omar said that ABU is a leaderless movement which is mobilized by the rakyat.

“This is not a merely political stage, but a movement by the rakyat… common people, vendors, housewives, goreng pisang sellers, nasi lemak sellers, all will make their stand,” he said.

He also told that PAS will give its full support towards the movement to ensure that Umno and Barisan Nasional will be defeated in the next general election.

Commenting about Umno’s bad administration, he said the public service in this country would be ruined due to the party’s greed for money.

He also claimed that government-linked companies (GLCs) will be sold to private companies in the future where it will then be controlled by Umno’s cronies.

More than 1,000 strong supporters of ABU turned up for the movements first official ceramah held at Taman Melewar, Gombak.

Chaired by Chegubard, among those who attended the ceramah were Benny Loh of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) president Dr Rohana Ariffin, and Parti Socialis Malaysia (PSM) Secretary-General S Arutchelvan.