KUALA LUMPUR – The President of Parti Amanah Negara (PAN), Mohamad Sabu finds it intriguing that Malaysians seemed to be more interested when it comes to khalwat issues, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) but chose to keep mum over the widespread corruption cases during the Barisan Nasional (BN) era.
He said, the people, including university students were willing to go sleepless in using social media to rant about those issues although they were speaking without the right facts.
“They however kept mum on 1MDB issues exposed by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, which were complete with numbers and facts.
“When it comes to khalwat and LGBT issues which were wrongly reported by the media, they quickly took a ride on it and spread the message through various forms of social media,” he said in a seminar GE14, The People’s Movement which Drove the Pakatan Harapan to Victory at the University of Malaya today.
The seminar was moderated by the Senior Lecturer of UTM Perdana School, Dr Mazlan Ali.
According to Mohamad, who is better known as Mat Sabu, the misappropriation of 1MDB funds had caused the country to lose billions of ringgit belonging to the rakyats.
According to him, those money could be used to enhance the education system of university students.
“Imagine this. The government had paid RM7 billion of 1MDB debt and is going to bear tens of billions of ringgit on interest rate, none of the intellects spoke anything about it.
“This drove the PH to invite people from all walks of life to go on street rallies to force the BN government to step down.
“They (BN) were strong and they did not think that we could topple the government. But, the awareness of the people, we won and conquered Putrajaya in GE14.
“As soon as we won, we started investigating them and now, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (former Prime Minister) has been charged,” he said.
He said, besides the intellects, the culturalists too, dared not speak up, with the exception of National Literature Laureate, Datuk A Samad Said, who was seen to be very vocal.
Mat Sabu also reflected his plight in opposing the BN government during the 70’s and 80’s where he was not allowed to enter any university, including UM.
“This was the place where my friends in the opposition and I meet. We obtained information from students and lecturers, to voice our criticisms to the government.
“However, the juniors now are quiet. They are quiet when the government is wrong. They are even silent when the government stole their money,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette