“Abah wave” to be bigger than reformasi movement 25 years ago, claims PAS

PAS secretary-general Datuk Seri Haji Takiyuddin Hassan has predicted that the wave of people who opposed the “cruelty” committed against Perikatan Nasional (PN) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be significantly bigger than the “reformasi” movement 25 years ago.

Dubbed the “Abah wave”, the Kota Bahru MP said the charges against Muhyiddin will incur the rakyat’s wrath which will be seen in the upcoming state elections in six states.

“I think the prosecution of Muhyiddin today will increase the people’s support for PN because they know what’s happening.

“And this will show in the upcoming state elections. If there are parties who used ‘reformasi’ to gather support, this is bigger than that – that much I can say. We will stand by Muhyiddin,” Takiyuddin was reported as saying to reporters at the Kuala Lumpur court complex.

He was responding about Muhyiddin’s corruption charges today (March 10).

The Bersatu president has been charged with four counts of abuse of power and two counts of money laundering involving RM232.5 mil.

Takiyuddin was making a reference to the “reformasi” movement, which began in Sept 1998 as a protest movement in reaction to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sacking as deputy prime minister.

The Kota Bharu MP alleged that the charges against Muhyiddin are “clearly politically motivated”.

Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin further reiterated Takiyuddin’s statements, adding: “As we have said before, this is a political prosecution to make it seem as if Bersatu has committed a crime, but we are confident we will win in the end.”

Muhyiddin is currently facing 20 years in prison and a fine worth five times the amount of gratification involved, or RM10,000, whichever is greater, for power abuse charges.

In the money laundering case, he could face 15 years in prison and a fine worth five times the amount involved, or RM5 mil, whichever is greater. – March 10, 2023


Main pic credit: Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia

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