Anwar: We'll leave it to the courts

PETALING JAYA - Pakatan Rakyat will not resort to public or street protests to fight alleged election fraud but will continue to use legal avenues, said Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"The reason why we decided not to hold any more public or street protests is because we chose to put the question before the courts as the appropriate platform to hear the cases.

"We wanted to avoid prolonged disputes such as what had happened in Thailand and Egypt," he said at a press conference here yesterday.

However, he claimed the courts had prevented the cases to be heard on frivolous grounds and instead punished petitioners by imposing hefty court awards against them.

Anwar was asked on Pakatan's alternative strategy to protest against alleged electoral discrepancies and fraud following their petitions being thrown out by the courts.

He added that the Opposition would focus on creating public awareness over the issues via ceramah and alternative media.

However, he said Pakatan faced an uphill task owing to limited exposure given by the mainstream media.

Pakatan Rakyat had filed 35 elections petitions while Barisan Nasional filed 21.

On the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), Anwar said that the Opposition would strongly opposed Malaysia becoming a signatory to it unless it is clearly advantageous to the nation's well being.

He expressed concerned that the agreement would be in favour of America with President Barack Obama using his visit to add pressure to Malaysia to sign the controversial free trade pact between 12 Pacific nations.