Malaysia’s Ibrahim vows to topple Badawi government

Kuala Lumpur, July 22 (IANS) Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has again threatened to topple Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s government, saying he is “on track”, despite being haunted by a sodomy charge. He told media Monday that he would succeed despite attempts to “demonise and intimidate” him through the charge filed by a political aide last month that he said was meant to stop him in his track to bring the government down by mid-September.

“We are on track to take over the government. We want to pursue this agenda for reform,” a smiling Ibrahim said, adding: “Clearly, I am a political threat”.

He refused last week to to provide a blood sample for a DNA test, alleging that the sample could be tampered with. He was arrested for a night and then bailed out.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian cabinet has directed the home ministry to “put on fast track” the proposed DNA Identification Bill, but says it is not directed against Ibrahim.

The ministry has been told that the bill should be readied in time for the next session of parliament beginning Aug 18. Deputy Home Minister Chor Chee Heung has confirmed this, Nanyang Siang Pau newspaper said Tuesday. [more]

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