He was responding to Malaysiakini’s report yesterday where he was asked what guarantees the opposition had in light of the incidents that PKR’s tour had faced, the latest of which took place yesterday in Tangkak, Johor.
In the report Hishammuddin, a native Johorean, was quoted saying, “No need for guarantees. It is decided by the people of Johor themselves.”
The home minister in hisTwitter today complained, “Malaysiakini spin (my words). I said the position of the opposition in Johor cannot be guaranteed.
“They spin that I said I cannot guarantee the safety of the opposition.
“As I have always stressed, the safety of the rakyat will continue to be prioritised without ‘favouritism’! Without fear or favour,” Hishammuddin tweeted this morning.
Malaysiakini was speaking to the home minister at the sidelines of the Home Ministry’s open house in Putrajaya yesterday.
Malaysiakini: Johor is an Umno stronghold and it seems the Johoreans are rejecting PKR, from the incident of their bus being splashed with paint. What is the reason for this rejection against PKR?
Hishammuddin: That you have to ask the Johor people themselves.
Malaysiakini: What message do you have for the people of Johor?
Hishammuddin: None. The people of Johor are just as usual.
Malaysiakini: This is the third (paint splashing incident), would you be able to give a guarantee (Hishammuddin interrupts the question at this point).
Hishammuddin: There’s no need. The ones who will decide are the Johor people themselves. I think PKR also knows this and can evaluate for themselves what will happen there (in Johor). Ask the Johor people lah.
Malaysiakini: Does that mean they go knowing fully the risks...
Hishammuddin: This is politics. Politics is all about the risks.
Hishammuddin: If they take the risks, calculated. If calculated tak jalan (if calculated risks don’t work), that means it is not their place to be there. In the end the people of Johor will decide. It is clear what has happened.
Listen to the audio clip of the interview.