“These threats clearly show that Anwar Ibrahim’s efforts in the ‘Reformasi’ movement for democratisation, an independent judiciary, and criticism of the Umno-Barisan Nasional (BN) government have made some leaders who are corrupt and greedy feel uneasy,” the party’s youth wing said.
PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar said today she received a text message threatening the kidnap of her three-year-old daughter if she continued to support her father Anwar.
The mother of two told reporters that the person warned her against supporting the Permatang Pauh MP, else her daughter would suffer the same fate as Sharlinie Mohd Nashar.
Sharlinie, five, was abducted in 2008 at a playground near her house in Petaling Jaya and remains missing.
On Tuesday, Anwar’s driver lodged a police report on an alleged murder attempt on his boss after discovering that the brakes of the Mercedes Benz he was driving had been tampered with last month.
AMK information chief Lee Khai Loon said these threats were not new as Anwar and his wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, were also asked to resign over sex video allegations against the former deputy prime minister.
A sex video allegedly featuring Anwar was first screened to journalists by a mysterious “Datuk T” at the Carcosa Seri Negara hotel on March 21.
A letter penned by “The Insider” was also handed out to reporters then, in which the writer demanded that Anwar and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah leave politics.
Businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah, former Malacca Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik and Perkasa treasurer-general Datuk Shuib Lazim later claimed responsibility for the 21-minute video and said they had released it to show “a man who wants to be prime minister is not qualified.”
Today, Lee also criticised the police for not taking any action against “the culture of violent politics” despite other Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders and family members being similarly threatened in the past.
He added that the police must step up efforts to guard the safety of PR elected representatives to restore the public confidence in the force.