Fed up with PAS’s insistence on prolonging the Selangor Menteri Besar (MB) issue, a group of youths led by recently-convicted social activist Safwan Anang will hand over a letter to Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang tomorrow demanding that the party toe the line in Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
Safwan, who was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for sedition on
September 5, said his group, Lensa Anak Muda Malaysia (Lensa) had
concluded that PAS had caused the Selangor MB crisis that saw PR on the
brink of splitting up.
“Over the past few months, Lensa asked
politicians, academics, what went wrong with PR and they all pointed to
PAS and its flip-flop stance on the MB issue,” said Safwan, who founded
Lensa in June and is the group’s executive director.
crisis should have ended by now, as the new MB has been sworn in
already, but suddenly Selangor PAS is complaining that it never asked
for its number of executive councillors to be reduced from four to
three. This must stop.”
Safwan said he and about five other
Lensa members would turn up at PAS’s headquarters in Jalan Raja Laut at
10am tomorrow to submit the letter to the party president titled “PAS
must stop triggering tension”.
When asked why he was fighting
this battle, Safwan said Lensa represented the voice of young voters in
Malaysia who were banking on PR to take over Putrajaya and steer the
country to a better direction.
“We are considered pro-PR
because we know BN has no future, so why hope on BN any further? We want
PR to provide new politics for Malaysians, otherwise there is no hope
left at all for us,” said Safwan.
But he said youths were
growing sick of PR, as reflected in its recent loss in Pengkalan Kubor,
and that Lensa believed the sickness began with PAS.
said he had formed Lensa in June after leaving Solidariti Mahasiswa
Malaysia (SMM), a group comprising students across Malaysia.
“Our objective is to evaluate the performance of both the government and
the opposition after the general election and to create a new
generation that is aware of democracy in Malaysia, and how they can play
a part in it,” he said.
Safwan added that the recent sedition
conviction against him had not deterred him from continuing his social
activism, particularly his fight against the Sedition Act 1948.
“If I don’t fight, then it ends there. So I’ve made the decision to
take up the fight and educate the youths on their rights,” he said.
The Sessions Court sentenced Safwan to 10 months’ jail on September 5 after it found him guilty of sedition.
Safwan was said to have uttered seditious statements to incite the
public to remove the government by extra-legal means during a speech
last year at a May 13 forum. – September 29, 2014.