KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia - Malaysians have been reminded about Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's attempt to overthrow the Barisan Nasional Federal Government in the run-up to the 2008 Malaysia Day.
Sabah MCA vice-chairman Chew Kok Woh said there were attempts to persuade Barisan MPs to defect then, noting that PKR vice-president Tian Chua had allegedly tried to persuade Sabah and Sarawak MPs, who were then on an eight-day study trip to Taiwan, to cross over.
"PKR leaders openly boasted about trying to form a new government," Chew said.
He added that it was thus hypocritical of PKR to talk about party-hopping and condemn those who had quit Pakatan to join Barisan as Anwar himself had launched the "biggest defection exercise" after the 2008 polls.
Chew urged young Malaysians to read up on the events surrounding the episode, so that they could judge the Pakatan leaders for themselves.
He also reminded Malaysians that while Pakatan blamed Barisan for the collapse of the Perak Government, it was the Opposition which had first persuaded Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim to leave Umno.
"It was only after BN retaliated that the Pakatan-led state government collapsed," he said.