Insulting Umno doesn’t mean insulting Malays, says Anwar


(TMI) – Insulting Umno does not mean insulting the Malays or Muslims, PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today.

“While we appreciate the struggle of previous Umno leaders, it does not mean we acknowledge the current leaders who are robbing the rakyat,” Anwar said.

“What is this nonsense that insulting Umno means insulting Malays? Umno is Umno. The Malays are Malays. They are separate.

“Brothers, who apparently rob the Malays, are idolised as defenders of the Malays.”

He said Umno leaders who defended the actions of Umno Youth members who barged into the Penang legislative assembly were irrational.

“If a DAP lawmaker is accused of insulting Umno and justifies the action of barging into the Penang assembly, then we would have stormed Parliament on numerous occasions.

“After all, Pakatan Rakyat has been insulted on numerous occasions in the Dewan Rakyat,” Anwar said.

The controversy began last week when DAP Penang’s Seri Delima state assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer uttered “Umno celaka” (Umno be damned) in a sitting.

Following Rayer’s remarks, a group of people claiming to represent Umno Youth barged into the Penang state assembly in search of Rayer.