Thursday September 13, 2012
Anwar: What about our bus being attacked?
By REGINA LEE
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the issue of his gun-flashing bodyguard has pre-empted the other issue of a PKR bus being stopped.
“Why must this issue override the fact that the bus was stopped and attacked?
“This shows that the people’s welfare and security are of no concern,” he alleged at the party headquarters here yesterday.
The Opposition Leader defended the bodyguard, saying he was “still in service”.
In an incident in Jasin on Saturday, the bodyguard reportedly flashed a gun at a group of men at Kampung Baru Rim.
The men were hanging up banners when a bus carrying Anwar and officials from the PKR passed by as part of a convoy.
There were claims that the men tried to block the convoy, which reportedly resulted in the bodyguard drawing his gun and aiming at them.
Video clippings of the incident later surfaced on the Internet.
Anwar said police had yet to take his statement on the matter.
PKR communications director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said the bodyguard followed standard procedures of bodyguarding and was trying to disperse the crowd who allegedly attacked the bus with stones and paint.
Ahmad Fauzi Mahpab, another of Anwar’s bodyguard, claimed to have received a threatening call from an unknown person on Tuesday.
“He said ‘Hello bro, once you get to Johor, I’ll be waiting for you with a pistol’ before hanging up immediately,” said Ahmad Fauzi, who has been Anwar’s bodyguard since 2008.
He lodged a police report over the call yesterday morning.