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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Anwar Ibrahim - Is he really irrelevant to Malaysia's future?



We all know how Abdullah Hj. Ahmad Badawi pooh poohs away the de facto leader of the Parti Keadilan Nasional @ PKR on the very basis that Anwar Ibrahim is nobody according to him and his cabinet members of the Barisan Nasional!























The irony is that tens of thousands of Malaysians from all walks of life are flocking to hear him speak his piece at wherever he goes during this campaign period.

Whether being Malays, Chinese or Indians, they gather in huge numbers to hear what the most charismatic politician that this country has ever seen has to say about PKR's plans for the nation and still attracts the Malaysian people to want to come and listen to this 'irrelevant' figure for hours braving rain or shine?



Anwar Ibrahim is a man whom many term as being a political chameleon and base such claims on his openly supporting the various causes of the Malaysian grassroot parties and even controversial ones such as HINDRAF and has been quite close to anti-Islamic political parties such as the DAP!

Even Malaysiakini is running a piece on exactly this very issue regarding Anwar?

Only Allah the Almighty knows as to what exactly is the political standpoint of this man who continues to be in the election spotlight for his presence automatically draws the large crowds like moths to the fire or source of light?

PAS have always been a bit wary of Anwar's adaptability to the prevailing situation and they have sort of a love hate relationship with him.

Whatever it is, we can't deny the personal charisma and magnetism of his oratorical skills that never fail to arouse the passions and emotions of all Malaysians no matter who they are?

I just saw a former ally of Anwar, Roslan Kassim badmouth the PKR in the prime news slot on TV3, one of the BN's major voicepieces and major television channel!

Roslan Kassim was one of Anwar's staunchest supporters when Anwar was sacked by Mahathir from all his posts in the BN led Malaysian Government.

When I was with Anwar Ibrahim's entourage from his home in Cherok Tok Kun to the Madrassah of the late Ustaz Nik Mat in Dargah, Alor Star the night Anwar spoke to hundreds of thousands of his supporters from all ethnicities that memorable night, I saw Roslan Kassim and his stretch Mercedes Benz already waiting for Anwar amidst the sea of humanity there.

Such is the unreliability of politicians who will twist and turn and stab you in the back when you least expect it and Roslan can easily be figured to be a classic example of one who turned his back on Anwar based on this reality.

I think Anwar must already know as to who are his real true blue friends and supporters and would take extra precautions against divulging his action plans to those who would easily qualify to be superstar theatre performers par excellence?

Wow! Shakespeare would be proud to know all these great actors who wear a thousand masks in the political opera?

I used to be a staunch Anwar Ibrahim supporter but his alliance with the DAP sort of leaves me unsure as to whether he ought to be supported by this blogger and whether he would turn to be one who is willing to make a deal with the Devil just to attain his political objectives and goals?

But then again when I see PAS which I support wholeheartedly sign the same deal with the DAP although both these parties are the exact opposites if you really look at their party's objectives, I am perplexed once again to see these unspoken arch enemies be willing to shake each others hands in a pact?

Tad confusing I must say when I have to consider such contrasting political standpoints of PAS & DAP?

So I still wonder if Anwar Ibrahim is still the Islamic leader whom I had so very much wanted to see succeed Mahathir Mohamad as the Prime Minister of this country which I love so very much and regret the anointed one whom Mahathir had installed to rule over us?

He who has conjured up the misleading concept of Islam Hadhari which in actual fact has driven the wedge between the Muslims so deep that it hurts me to see the continuing division between the Ummah?

Is Anwar Ibrahim worthy of our support or should we be wary of one who seems to be like a kaleidoscope and keeps swirling and turning at every flick of the political hand?

He seems to be the sort of politician who has the total package in his being a Malaysian who relates to all the multi-ethnic , multi-faithed people and seems able to make the connections with them all or is this part and parcel of the endless promises that almost every politician on Earth will spew out BEFORE attaining power and then do a 'Brutus' on us?

Here's a trailer of a 55 minutes documentary on Anwar Ibrahim produced by journeyman.tv. Watch it and reflect back on all that has happened to the man who till this very second still gets legions of Malaysians follow him as he strives on towards achieving the crowning summit of his political career?



After you finish viewing all these, come tell us about what you think of this legendary icon of the Malaysian Opposition political parties who is staging a popular comeback into Malaysian politics?

What is your take on him? Can we believe him?

15 comments:

Zulkipli said...

My Take

On popularity, he is very popular, popular than Abdullah and Najib and all other politicians. It says something about him. What but makes someone popular? The people! The people resonate with you, understand you somehow or find their ideals in you. Many people resonate with Anwar or find their ideals in Anwar. So his popularity is made by me and you. (Example).

Political chameleon Well, everyone can say something but truth has its way of asserting itself. When you are a politician, you have an aim: ultimate power. A party can be deserted if it fails to take people to the Promised Land but not ideas and ideals as far a principled politician is concerned. Moreover, chameleon culture is deserting people more than it is a party. Anwar didn’t betray Tun Mahatir, it was the other way round. Unfortunately, Tun is admitting it today and lamenting how Bad Badawi is. But that’s water under the bridge. In PAS, we have immediate UMNO members contesting on PAS tickets and also who joined PAS. Their ideals are intact as they argue, but they found UMNO wanting. In UMNO, we have PAS members who have joined UMNO and are swimming in UMNO currents. They too, believe that PAS has failed in its ideals. We have PKR members in UMNO and PAS for the same reason. We have UMNO and PAS members in PKR for the same reason. At least you gave an example. We have MCA men in Gerekan, we have Gerekan men in MCA. MIC in PPP and vice versa. That said, while others have left their parties, UMNO refused to have Anwar because the challenge he could pose knowing how smart he is in climbing up. Politics is about power and you can’t serve the people without power so that’s the ultimate goal of a politician. The attention on Anwar is because of his political weight rather than what he is accused of. And remember, Malays are good in politicks of backstabbing and character assassination. So UMNO plays its cards well and UMNO lapdogs have to buy the bunkum. No choice about it.

Anwar working with DAP? Many people will find insulted when you blame Anwar for working with DAP. Because DAP too has its supporters and ideals. Building Malaysia doesn’t call for the exclusion of anyone, so I find your argument on this an argument chained to a deep seated hatred to DAP rather than an intellectual argument. It is personal. DAP is a Malaysian party, the Prophet (Pbuh) worked with Jewish parties and signed an agreement with them to build a better city (The Holy City of Medina). He didn’t say they weren’t Muslims. He didn’t tell them to accept Islam. He didn’t force them to quit their distorted teachings or their secular ideas. He sat with them, agreed with them and built a city and a multicultural city for the first time in history. A city imbedded in constitution and multiculturalism. Aren’t we are supposed to emulate the Holy Prophet? We aren’t leaving our ideals, our faith and our destiny but simply doing what our beloved Prophet did. By sitting with people who disagreed with his religion and ideals, the Prophet didn’t sell his people, his faith, his ideals or his paramount interests. I believe you can do better than this. That’s why PAS too is working with DAP somehow, not total agreement but at least somehow. They would have done earlier but there are people who whose hearts are chained with fetters and they will make nloise and UMNO will capitalize on this. It is here that Anwar comes in. because he is close to Tuan Guru Nik Aziz and at the same close to Lim Kit Siang. That’s good if we look at the past.

PAS vs Anwar Of all UMNO leaders from 1957, PAS leaders find Anwar closer to them and they do still. He is the only who can share meal with them, talk to them, make them laugh and so on. Not only now but even when he was in UMNO. He was never radical but he never imagined selling the paramount interests of the people. Sometimes, few people don’t understand his rhetoric, symbolic words and so on, and then they say he is cheating, he can’t be trusted. I find that argument petty and should be left to its owner. Some people say when Anwar is addressing UMNO, PAS, PKR or otherwise gathering, he will make them happy and speak their language. That’s how truth and reality work. That’s how politics works. What’s important are the ultimate ideals and Anwar has ideals that can be identified. Even the Prophet (pbuh) didn’t address the pagans of Mecca as the same he addressed the Muslims, his people or the way he addressed the Jews also. The speeches were different, everyone depending on locality, need, time, race, religion and moment. This has to be done because our differences are wide and every community should be reassured in its own way without eroding the rights of others. I think this is geniusness and excellence.

Finally, the solitary jail changed Anwar a lot. If you would like to punish someone, a thief for example, you jail him and then what do you do? You put him in solitary jail. That’s the ultimate punishment. Anwar’s excruciating 6 year long solitary confinement has changed him. It made him reflect on a lot of issues, realities, policies, politics, ideals, ideas, loyalty, parties, Malay, Chinese, Indians, world politics, democracy, Muslim world, moderation, radicalism and etc. I would say Anwar is a reformer today. Non-Muslims shouldn’t buy UMNO scare tactics and propaganda and Muslims shouldn’t get jittery when he speaks to DAP and Hindraf or have the slightest doubt that Anwar doesn’t care for them. He does, does more than others and he is more intelligent than Badawi, Najib and many, many others. I would say the other promising politicians who know how to speak to different people but cherish ultimate ideas are Nasharuddin Mat Isa and Husam. They are not cheats, they are not cheap, only that they are smart. Unfortunately, this smartness makes certain people get confused.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Assalamualaikum Zul,

I thank you for your honest opinions and viewpoints about Anwar.

It's a shame to see someone like you being a non blogger. You have the intelligence to be a great one.

Thanks for the feedback. Really appreciate it.

Hope more Malaysians will come share with us what they think about the man who despite being said to be irrelevant by the BN's top leadership is the very Malaysian Opposition politician who scares them to death?

C'mon Malaysians, tell us what you think of Anwar?

yok hoong said...

i trust more than any fella in the cabinet. at least, he is consistent now with his speeches on universal values regardless of the audience. he is a changed man now and his past, to me is water under the bridge. his beliefs, ideals, principles resonate with the people and thats why hsi audeince transcends race and religion. he may be crucified by others for his past, but he is THE MAN to lead the country out of the abyss.

ali allah ditta said...

Assalamualaikum,

The only people who think Anwar is irrelevant are the UMNO leaders - Pat Lah & his goons. To the ordinary UMNO members they still regard Anwar a force to be reckon with. I asked a few of ordinary UMNO members recently why Pat Lah decided to have a snap election now & why not wait till the end of the year. Their reply was a just simple "nak mampus". When I asked them "sapa yang nak mampus?",their reply was UMNOlah!!

I told them,you all nak takut Anwar buat apa,dia seorang saja apa yang dia boleh buat? Their reply was,seorang Anwar sama juga dengan seribu orang pembangkang. They also told me that UMNO had delibrated on this issue for quite sometime and finally decided to have election before Anwar can participate,at least for sure he wont be in Parliament for while. I told them,even he is denied of participating he is like a lion roaming free wherever he likes. Their reply was simple.."apa boleh buat itu keputusan boss"

Now,like a hungry lion,Anwar roars bringing along a messages for change. Last night he was at Hang Chiang School,Penang,
people from all walks of life,be it Chinese,Malay and Indian came in droves to lend support. The crowd was estimated between 8-10 thousands. Though he spoke for only 30 minutes its enough to send a clear message to the gomen.

As far as I am concerned,can that 10,000 crowd translate into votes? If it does then BN Pulau Pinang is in for trouble but if its otherwise then the opposition has to work harder next time around.

As far as Anwar is concerned,UMNO and the gomen can say or do what they like. They can humilate him or simply blackout him from the mass media but he will still haunt them till kingdom come.

cheers.

Karen Lee said...

Prior to Anwar's sacking, I truly disliked him and felt that he was a mere puppet to the west in the way he was handling the currency crisis.

After viewing many of his current talks, i was captivated by his eloquence, his wit and humour.

Also, for one who has been on the highest high and then fell and dropped to the lowest low, and to be able to climb up again, that really speaks a lot of a person's character.

For that, i believe in giving him a chance.

Six years of solitary confine would have break many a man. I hope Anwar turn out to be a better man instead. If he does come into power, i sincerely hope along the road to greatness, he stand by to his current conviction of getting the country back for the people and not for only his own 'people'.

MAHAGURU58 said...

I thank each one of you my dear fellow Malaysians for sharing with me and others here as to what you think of him?

May this election bring us a better government fair to all and try to ease off corruption in these fair land of all Malaysians.

Ameen.

Muslim said...

Assalamualaikum

Just have a look at this link; http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=PmajkUo-g5A
(Mahathir admitted that he was cruel to Anwar)

Any comment, Mahaguru?

MAHAGURU58 said...

Wa'alaikumsalam brother.

Mahathir was being sarcastic.

Zulekha said...

UMNO leaders and their sidekicks said Anwar is a pro-jew in order to demonize him knowing it may work for their political careers. Then how comes they are not condemning the Israeli holocoust? More than 100 children were annihilated. Abdullah Badawi is the OIC Chairman and yet he refuse to talk about the genocide of the children. Ironically, Malaysia is the only country which so far refused to come to the aid of Palestinians even through an statement from the PM who happens to be the OIC chairman.


Many of us are very naive, very timid, very lucklustre, very irrantional. So whenever UMNO and its hypocrits tell us something, we buy.

Akhie Naim said...

Assalaamu'alaikum,

Only short-minded, non-thinking people would suggest and agree to the idea that Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim (DSAI) is irrelevant in the country's political arena. How can a former Deputy Prime Minister be irrelevant to the country's political scene? Pak Lah should not forget, that DSAI was number two; he knows the what's-going-on inside the government.

What is the reason for the general election to be held 1 1/2 years short of it's period? In a time when the current government is facing lots of internal crisis, and some ongoing high-profile cases still unsolved (such as the Altantuya case, the VK Lingam video), it would only be logical for the current government to take some time to resolve this issue before staging an election. Why then is it held now? The only main reason that I can come up with is - DSAI.

Reading DSAI's manifesto, yes.. I have (regained) confidence in DSAI to lead the country. For a person who's been the number two, he definitely knows what he's promising.

http://akhienaim.blogspot.com

warrior2 said...

And Chandra muzaffar yesterday said that it is a disaster for the country if anwar is made PM and that he is not the kind of leader that the country needs.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Chandra Muzaffar is just a classic case of 'sour grapes'!

When he couldn't have it his way in PKR, he chose to quit the party and now he speaks as if he is faultless and only Anwar is power crazy?

Every bloody politician out there is power crazy!

That includes just about everybody in the BN and the BR and even that 89 year old granny is crazy after power?

Why do you think they enter politics in the first place?

Just to while away their time?

Try offering the Presidency of PKR to Chandra Muzaffar and see whether this 'holier than thou' character is going to say' No, Thank You!'?

They are all the same bro...all crazy for power.

At least Anwar makes no beef about it!

Those who say they are in politics just to help people are bullshitters of the lowest order!

People enter politics to gain power and position.

If not, they wouldn't be out there today, campaigning like crazy!

It's all about power, money, fame and fortune.

Isn't it?

Tell Chandra Muzaffar to look in the mirror!

Why do you think he joined PKR in the first place and heads JUST?

It's all stepping stones to higher positions in this country's political theatre, that's all.

Everyone's got a vested interest the minute they enter politics.

All the talk about serving the rakyat is plain bull and we all know it unless of course one wants to believe in all the crap that they keep dishing out like clockwork?

Chandra Muzaffar is no angel himself that he thinks anyone would want to take his words or opinions seriously?

Anyone can say anything about anyone else but at the end of the day, whatever will be, will be!

Let's see what the Malaysian voters are going to do?

abu hanaan said...

It's pathetic some people take Chandra's words seriously.

yapchongyee said...

IN DEFENSE OF Dato Seri Anwar

Hey! Dr Chandra Muzaffar are you trying to dazzle the poor Malaysians with your “Doctor” whatever that stands for; please la Doc. That Phd. Does not mean shit, It does not make you more intelligent and it does not neam that you are any smater than when you started. A Phd. Just means that you had taken an in depth study of one aspect of a subject and as a matter of fact a Phd merely leads to a career in teaching, Our Asian people are so awed by that Phd., thinking that these Phd. Types Know it all, nothing is further from the truth.

Comrade Chandra to my way of thinking, and by your claims made against Dato Seri, I say that you are bloody naïve. We are all humans (I think so) and we have emotions and full of bias and prejudices; and above all we are in truth all racist. I am racist & you are racist, and the only difference between a Mahatma Ghandi type saint and an ARYAN Nazi thug is that most of us who dare claim that he is not racist (you can leave me out because I am racist) are those who’ve got a two bit claim to having higher education, a wanna be intelltual. Comrade Chandra says that Dato Seri in the past had been consistently not in favour of Chinese and maybe he is truthful, while Dr Lim Kheng Yaik claims that Dato Seri is chamileon and in Lim Kheng Yaik’s experience with Dato Seri he could be speaking the truth. Bearing in mind that we all carry a lot of baggage are we correct in our estimation of the man. We are all very complex and we are all driven by self interests; therefore what oue see is not really what is the man ! We can never tell what a man will do in all circumstances because what we see as the man is only the tip of the iceberg.

Politics is all about perception and creating an IMAGE of the politician, and we just cannot know what the whole man is in truth. For Dr Chandra & Dr Lim Kheng Yaik to say that they both ahd worked with Dato Seri and that they know the man is ingenious. Both these Dr.’s are playing their support for the BN and not quite really to give an assessment of Dato Seri for what he is factually, because that will be beyond their capability. Having said that I say both of them are naïve THAT IS NOT HOW THE GAME OF POLITICS IS PLAYED. We can only take Dato Seri at his word and the issue is therefore ARE WE HAPPY WITH HIS PROGRAMME FOR HIS GOVERNMENT ? That to my mind is all that we need to ask and we will have to take him at his word; because we just cannot do otherwise. WE DO NOT NEED TO KNOW WHAT IN TRUTH HE IS LIKE AND THAT BY OUR UNDERSTANDING HE WILL OR WILL NOT DLIVER WHAT HE HAD PROMISED FOR THE ELECTION. There is no need to go too far out of the way; ask yourselves what had BN promised for the last election (1999) and did BN deliver ? I do not think so !

Dato Seri and the United Front of DAP, PAS and Keadilan HAS MADE IT THEIR PLATFORM that if elected he and his United Front will deliver a GOVERNMENT FOR ALL MALAYSIANS AND TO STEP BACK FROM RACE BASED POLITICS. That is what we must accept for the truth; and if he ever fail to deliver then the next election vote him and his United Front out. This is what will therefore develop into a TWO PARTY POLITICAL STRUCTURE. Is this not what we want, and what is the profit if we just not believe him and we merely take the word og the two Dr.’s both of them are pretentious and know it all. I say do not listen to them shooting hot air. VOTE OPPOSITION and let 2 party politics develop.

TilDeathILearn said...

1st. of all the PKR logo looks like:-
1. Eclipse of the sun -man I don't want the eclipse to last 4 to 5 years.
2.The evil character in Lord of the Rings.
3. Dajal - I heard some one say the creature is one eyed too.

But my real scare is that this man has asked the Capital Hill to take actions to overturn the Malaysian court rulings. He asked the Indian Government to intervene in the malaysian indian issues while his Hindraf goons were meeting up with the 'heroes of Babri'(Atwani-RSS) may be to take care of the security of the Malaysian Indians.Man if this guy comes to power all these will become reality.

Poor guy Dr. Chandra is being bashed up by the bloggers but I thought he lost his sanity when he became DSAI's henchman sacrificing all his intellectualities for the sake of the street politician that Mahathir picked up & rocketed up the UMNO/BN (his greatest sin).

I'm not a big fan of the BN government but compared to this S**t(reminds me of the work of a great Sasterawan Negara who was inspired but DSAI) I feel safer with BN.