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Sunday, June 30, 2024

Cops summon 12 as part of probe into anti-Anwar rally


The police have opened an investigation into the Rakyat Tolak Anwar rally and have summoned 12 individuals to assist in the probe.

According to a statement by Kuala Lumpur police chief Rusdi Mohd Isa, the investigation is being carried out under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

“The assembly was held on Saturday, June 29, 2024… at the public car park outside the Seri Perdana Complex, Precinct 10, Putrajaya by the organisers.

“This was despite being advised by the police previously that the owner of the premises did not give permission for the use of the location.

“In connection with that, the police have opened an investigation paper under Section 9(5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

“A total of 12 individuals including the organisers have been identified to be summoned to testify in the near future,” said Rusdi.

Yesterday, speaking after the rally, Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the rally demonstrates respect for the public’s right to assemble peacefully and criticise the government.

He further noted that it illustrated everyone’s opportunity to voice their opinions without interference.

“The freedom they enjoy today is proof that under the Malaysian government led by Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and the Madani approach, opportunities are provided to respect the rights of every citizen,” he told reporters in Sungai Bakap, Penang.

During the rally, about 250 participants dressed in black gathered to present eight demands to the government, including the reinstatement of diesel subsidies and the prevention of price increases for RON95 petrol and gas. - Mkini

What did Tuan Ibrahim do to solve water woes as minister, Rafizi asks


SG BAKAP BY-ELECTION | PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli has hit back at his PAS counterpart Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man as Perikatan Nasional fervently criticised the federal government over the water supply issues plaguing Sungai Bakap as part of its campaign narrative.

The economy minister responded to the opposition’s attacks by questioning why Tuan Ibrahim neglected this problem when he was the environment and water minister during PN’s 33-month stint in Putrajaya.

“Let’s ask, who was the water minister before? It wasn’t Harapan, it wasn’t BN, it wasn’t us from the Madani government. The water minister was Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

“So if the issue in Sungai Bakap is being used to attack the government because our candidate supposedly hasn’t solved the water problem, that’s your problem. You were the water minister,” he said during a ceramah in Kampung Padang Lalang, Simpang Ampat, last night.

Rafizi pointed out that the water problem in Sungai Bakap was part of a broader northern Peninsular Malaysia issue, where the main challenge is a lack of water sources.

He said as the population and number of factories grow, rivers stay the same and become even shallower over time, holding less water, especially as temperatures rise.

Harapan candidate Joohari Ariffin, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, and Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow were also present at the event.

PN didn’t solve problems while in govt

In July, the government agreed to allocate funds for a project to channel water from Sungai Perak to Bukit Merah Dam, partially to supply treated water to Penang.

This project will be facilitated by developing the 400ha Kerian Integrated Green Industrial Park (Kigip), which has an estimated allocation of RM4 billion.

Rafizi stated that this problem remained unresolved during PN’s tenure despite them having the information, responsibility, and authority.

PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man

“When we were in the opposition, we didn’t know about these issues, it wasn’t our job. At that time, we were chasing after corrupt individuals. You were the one responsible for planning and holding this information.

“You knew Penang didn’t have enough water sources. You knew northern Perak didn’t have enough water sources. You had the power. What did you do when you were the water minister?” he questioned.

Rafizi also emphasised that in contrast, the Madani government took early steps to address the overall water issues across Malaysia.

“It had not even been a year since the Madani government took over, and before this Sungai Bakap by-election, Anwar Ibrahim instructed us to act.

“This has been ongoing since early in the year when we assessed the overall water problems in Malaysia. We’re addressing the noisy issues in Kelantan and other quieter ones in the north,” he added.

The Pandan MP questioned why Tuan Ibrahim did not assist the people when he was in power and that there were lots of funds allocated for Jana Wibawa.

Jana Wibawa, initiated in November 2020 under Muhyiddin Yassin’s administration, was aimed at expediting government projects for Malaysia’s post-Covid-19 recovery and enhancing competitiveness among bumiputera contractors in the construction sector. - Mkini