Amid Political Struggles in Malaysia, Anwar Calls on SBY to Protect Reforms

Nivell Rayda | August 01, 2011

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has called on Indonesia to safeguard the achievements of the reformasi movement. He also noted Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s silence on the Malaysian government crackdown on the July 9 opposition-backed rally for electoral reform in Kuala Lumpur. (JG Photo/Nivell Rayda)Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has called on Indonesia to safeguard the achievements of the reformasi movement. He also noted Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s silence on the Malaysian government crackdown on the July 9 opposition-backed rally for electoral reform in Kuala Lumpur. (JG Photo/Nivell Rayda)
He praised former presidents B.J. Habibie, Abdurrahman Wahid and Megawati Sukarnoputri for their roles in helping the democratization process in his country, but Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim stopped short of adding incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to the list. 

Speaking at a public lecture at the Indonesia Jentera School of Law on Saturday, Anwar noted the Yudhoyono administration’s silence on the Malaysian government crackdown on the July 9 opposition-backed rally for electoral reform in Kuala Lumpur.

On that day, about 8,000 protesters defied riot officers in the Malaysian capital to push toward a stadium where they had initially planned to hold the rally, prompting the government to seek to seal off parts of the city.

Police descended upon the rally, firing teargas canisters.

Malaysian police said 1,667 people were arrested during the protest. As police stations became overwhelmed with detainees, the government began rounding up protesters in sports facilities.

Anwar himself was injured in the protests and his bodyguard hit in the face with a teargas canister.

For full story Here http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/amid-political-struggles-in-malaysia-anwar-calls-on-sby-to-protect-reforms/456372

About amarillobersih

July 9th 2011 is a new day forward
This entry was posted in International News and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.