Nivell Rayda | August 01, 2011
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.