Gerakan: White House petition 'manipulated'

The White House’s website has lost its credibility over a petition supporting Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, said Gerakan secretary-general Liang Teck Meng, who claimed that the results were “manipulated”.

This is because at the final moments before the petition ends, the number of signatories surged from 67,000 to 97,000 in 24 hours, he said.

“I would definitely not recognise any petition without credibility, and there is no need for me to respect and appreciate it. Moreover, what the US government did this time has apparently challenged our sovereignty by intervening in our internal affairs, which is totally wrong.

“As such, I suggest the authorities to block access to this website,” Liang (right) said in a statement today.

The petition was created on Feb 10 by former United States ambassador to Malaysia John Malott following Anwar’s conviction for sodomy on the same day. It urges the US government to make Anwar’s release a top priority.

A counter-petition was soon set up on the White House’s petition website urging the US government to respect Malaysia’s sovereignty.

The White House petition website gives a one-month deadline for petitions to gather 100,000 signatures in order to warrant a response from US President Barack Obama.

The pro-Anwar petition eventually crossed the 100,000-signature mark on March 11 amid heavy last-minute campaigning by Pakatan Rakyat.

This was after the petition was briefly suspended to check forfraudulent signatures and given a deadline extension to make up for lost time.

Meanwhile, Liang said despite his urgings to block the US government website, he remains a supporter of freedom of speech.

However, he claims that the White House does not deserve support due to “obvious lack of transparency and biased action”.

He also claimed that DAP’s secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is an even worse offender against free speech, for banning TV3 and Utusan Malaysia reporters from covering his press conferences.

“I believe that no one could rival Lim Guan Eng in terms of disrespecting the freedom of speech. He is the real king of oppression,” he said.





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