Will the pro-Muhyiddin’s protest ‘reformasi’ style succeed?

SOME Perikatan Nasional (PN) leaders are claiming that they will launch a bigger movement—bigger than the reformasi movement that backed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim when he was sent to jail—to back ex-PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin against the corruption charges.Muhyiddin is now part of the ‘court cluster’ since he has been arraigned and charged with money laundering offenses.The PN supporters and leaders are calling their movement to ‘free’ Muhyiddin the ‘Gelombang Abah’. They say it will be a massive movement that will show its impact during the upcoming state elections.For the PN, the accusation against Muhyiddin is a form of political tyranny, and its leaders are saying we should expect it to be greater than the reform movement that took place some 25 years ago.PN Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said he expected the people to rise up against all the damage done by the government today through the ‘Abah Wave’.Takiyuddin, who is also PAS secretary-general said this will also be seen in the results of the next six state elections.Muhyiddin has been charged with four counts of abuse of power and two counts of money laundering.The former prime minister and Perikatan Nasional chairman allegedly received RM232.5 mil in bribes from corporate entities while using his position as PM and president of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.The money was deposited into Bersatu’s bank accounts by three companies and an individual.Muhyiddin is also charged with receiving RM195 mil in proceeds from illegal activities out of the total sum from Bukhary Equity. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. — March 11, 2023

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