Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Once again, Ibrahim Ali chickened out
Only about 50 supporters of Saiful Bukhari Mohd Azlan - the complainant in the Sodomy II trial - gathered at the Federal Territory Mosque when the High Court delivered its verdict on de facto PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim today.
The group was led by the right-wing group Pertubuhan Permufakatan Majlis Ayahanda Malaysia (Permas) secretary-general Zulkifly Shariff.
He had earlier pledged a 5,000-strong counter rally against a pro-Anwar 901 rally at Kuala Lumpur court complex.
Malay pressure group Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali had also pledged his NGO’s presence at the rally, but he was nowhere to be seen.
Permas was supposed to lead 15 NGOs for the counter-rally, including Pertubuhan Panel Ayahanda Penasihat Insan Malaysia (Papim), Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM), and Putra Malaysia.
A scuffle occurred between the pro-Saiful and pro-Anwar groups when the former attempted to march towards the court, some 300m away, wearing yellow shirts printed with the slogan “anti free sex 901”.
They also carried banners that, which among others, read “reject Anwar”, “defend the legal system and institution”, and “a sodomite is still a sodomite”.
This drew the ire of hundreds of Anwar supporters nearby, resulting in a shouting match.
Police had previously laid down conditions for both the rallies, including a ban on banners.
A scuffle broke out when Anwar’s supporters attempted to wrestle away the banners, and several people fell to the ground in the confusion.
The melee occurred near a foodcourt, just before the High Court acquitted Anwar at 9.26am.
The Anwar supporters also shouted for their opponents to “go back”, eventually succeeding in getting the pro-Saiful group to retreat into the mosque area.
Police then moved in to shut the mosque’s gates and prevented the pro-Anwar group from shouting slogans.
Adam Adli [the student who brought down Najib's flag] urging the crowd on.
Justice Pao [Cheng Tian] was there.
The arrival of Karpal Singh
Auntie Ooi was there