KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is seeking a meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as soon as possible to discuss issues involving national security and the political future of the country.
In a press conference after a meeting of Pakatan Rakyat leaders, Anwar said that they wanted to discuss the issues in the wake of the arrest under the Internal Security Act (ISA) of three people on Sept 12.
The meeting was attended by DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and also DAP secretary-general and Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng.
Yesterday prominent blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, Selangor senior exco member Teresa Kok and Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng were arrested under the ISA. Tan was released this afternoon while the other two are still in detention.
Anwar said that Pakatan Rakyat does not dismiss the possibility of a second wave of arrest under the ISA.
"We have been mindful and have discussed about that possibility. We shouldn’t feel being threatened. It is the Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders who are being threatened by the public clamouring for a change," said Anwar.
On whether he would defer his plans to form the federal government by Sept 16 due to the political tensions, Anwar replied that the priority was political stability and not the issue of deferring.
"We have the numbers to move," he said.
Anwar rebutted suggestions that Pakatan Rakyat contributed to the political instability and tensions.
"Then don’t call for elections. If there is an election there is a possibility of change," he said.
He also said that the Selangor state government will have a peaceful gathering in Stadium Kelana Jaya on Sept 15 to celebrate Hari Malaysia.click here: 13-09-2008: PR seeks meeting with Pak Lah
The Edge Daily, Malaysia -