Nizar to fast ‘for the pleasure of the Almighty’


SLIM RIVER, May 25 – Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is hoping to please God tomorrow.

While Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin is leaving it to fellow fasters to find their own motivations, he said that PR had planned the three-day hunger strike to “seek the pleasure of the Almighty.”

He will lead the hunger strike along with Tronoh assemblyman V. Sivakumar who was dumped as assembly speaker in the chaotic May 7 sitting.

It is scheduled to begin at 11am tomorrow in front of the DAP headquarters in Ipoh, which sits a stone’s throw away from the state secretariat, where for over 10 months, Nizar had governed Perak as mentri besar.

Speaking to The Malaysian Insider here on the eve of what he prefers to call a fast, he explained that all participants would be encouraged to fast according to their own religious beliefs.

He added that he has already been fasting on certain recommended days for Muslims since the February 5 takeover of Perak by Barisan Nasional (BN).

“It is entirely up to individuals to interpret. I cannot say you can or cannot fast for this or that. It can be for various intentions,” when asked if the main objective was to press for fresh state elections.

Acknowledging that fresh polls was one of the issues that PR was pushing for, he said that moreover, the joint fast would “build inner strength and create solidarity in our supporters to face challenges which are in the future.”

One of these challenges is a further appeal set to be filed by PR at the Federal Court to overturn the Court of Appeal judgment declaring his rival Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir as mentri besar. – MalaysianInsider