Anwar’s Path To Putrajaya

by M. Bakri Musa

The path to Putrajaya for Anwar Ibrahim began on a very sure footing last Tuesday, August 26, 2008, at Permatang Pauh. His landslide electoral victory was a rousing endorsement of his person and of his leadership.

Anwar inspires Malaysians with his promise of new dawn; a new direction for nation that has been drifting in the slumber land of its leader, Abdullah Badawi. Anwar challenges us to think beyond our narrow interest towards a more inclusive anak Malaysia (children of Malaysia). He dares us to aspire for a Malaysia where justice is cherished and corruption banished. He promises us a government that is transparent and efficient, a government that emancipates instead of suppresses its citizens. Most of all, Anwar pledges to the supremacy of citizens, Ketuanan Rakyat.

Malaysians, yearning for a change, responded enthusiastically in Permatang Pauh. It was an evening for Anwar, and deservedly so.

This by-election was also a decisive defeat for and a public humiliation of Abdullah Badawi. Permatang Pauh voters saw through the hoax that is his leadership. These are no ordinary Malaysians who have passed this harsh judgment; they are neighbors of Abdullah. He cannot pull wool over their eyes; they easily cut through his borak kosong (empty words).

This election marks not only the beginning of the political ascent of Anwar but also the beginning of the end for Abdullah.

This was the other clear message from this election. It was badly needed as the earlier one sent by Malaysians last March obviously did not register on Abdullah. Abdullah still deludes himself, and his advisers continue to let him do so, that the March electoral debacle and the Permatang Pauh humiliation were aberrations and not a trend.

This was not a case of Abdullah having eyes that would not see or ears that would not hear, as Mahathir suggested, rather of Abdullah refusing the message.

Dirty Tricks and Bribes Did Not Do It

In this by-election Abdullah and his minions tried all the dirty tricks in their books, and then some. Despite the sleaze, including the obscene and very public desecration of our Holy Quran by their operatives, Abdullah Badawi and Najib Razak failed to drag voters down to their gutter level of politics.

Earlier, UMNO Youth Deputy Leader Khairy Jamaluddin brashly predicted that he would bury Anwar’s political career. I wonder what his spin is now that his party’s candidate received fewer votes than the number of registered UMNO members.

Khairy helped dig a grave all right, to bury his father-in-law’s leadership. Khairy has in-law’s flat political learning curve, an affliction they share with the rest of UMNO’s leaders, sparing only a few. The few like Tengku Razaleigh get drowned in the sea of mediocrity.

The leadership of UMNO is today paralyzed. In the past when the party faced serious challenges as in 1969 following the race riots and again in 1987 when the party was deregistered following a divisive leadership challenge, it was fortunate to have decisive and intelligent leaders. Today they have a listless leader who could not even decide what tie to wear.

UMNO under Abdullah is incapable of renewing itself; the implosion of UMNO has begun. The cacophony we are now hearing is nothing more than the howling of jackals fighting over UMNO’s carcass. That is bad for Abdullah, UMNO and Barisan Nasional, but great for Anwar, PKR and Pakatan Rakyat. Most of all it is great for Malaysia and Malaysians.

That is splendid enough reason for celebration.

Abdullah-Najib Duo On Trial

Contrary to the pundits’ pontifications, Anwar’s path to Putrajaya will be smooth and fast. Anwar’s challenge is not in getting there but what he should do once he gets there.

The machinery of state he will be inheriting is precariously out of gas, badly in need of a major overhaul, and had been recklessly driven by an incompetent operator. Bringing it back to roadworthiness will be a major undertaking, let alone making it race-ready.

Anwar’s goal must be to get that statecraft ready for the great race. That should be his focus. He should not settle for anything less. The temptation when the going gets tough would be to compare himself with Abdullah. That would be setting the bar too low.

Anwar’s top if not only priority must be to restore our institutions now wrecked by the twin blights of corruption and incompetence. That should occupy him for at least a decade.

Contrary to the prevailing wisdom, the trial over Saiful’s allegation of being sodomized will not in the least stop or even slow Anwar. Instead, like the earlier trial a decade ago, it will expose the corruption and incompetence of the police force, the prosecutor’s office, and ultimately the Abdullah Administration.

We are already feeling the bracing effect of this fresh wind that is Anwar. The judge in the preliminary hearing demonstrated her judicial wisdom by granting Anwar a modest bail in what otherwise is a no-bail charge. She also denied the prosecutor’s request to impound his passport. A few years ago such expressions of independence from the bench would have been unheard of.

A comedian once quipped that the difference between rape and seduction is salesmanship. I would extend that humorous though insensitive line to consensual versus non-consensual sodomy. When that trial is over, it will dawn upon Malaysians that it is us who had been sodomized by Abdullah and his ilk while we were being seduced by his seemingly pious sermons.

When that moment of realization arrives, Abdullah and his minions will bear the full fury of the wrath of Malaysians. And they would deserve it.

That however should be the least of the concerns confronting Anwar once he is in Putrajaya.

  1. #1 by peterchiang on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 6:17 am

    There is a toll along the path.

  2. #2 by swipenter on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 7:01 am

    “Anwar’s Path To Putrajaya” may not be long but it is sure windy. Be prepared to see new and more obstacles being thrown along the path leading to Putrajaya by Umno goons

  3. #3 by yhsiew on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 7:19 am

    UMNO would have survived should Abdullah forsake his personal agenda and truly embark on the road-map for reforms.

    Perhaps Abdullah feels that it is too big a sacrifice to forsake his personal agenda, which means giving up of all perks and “easy monies”.

  4. #4 by pulau_sibu on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 7:23 am

    What was the slogan of BN, in term of policy during this by election? Nothing!

    We thought the boxing match is up to the final round, but this was a bad knock-out for BN.

  5. #5 by Dr.Ken on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 7:33 am

    Anwar path to the Putrajaya is a matter of time , I prefer during the GE13 is better rather than MP cross over .The GE13 will wipe out the BN If they continue to make mistakes as what they are doing now.We have a really weak BN leader.

    If Anwar can promise the voter that when he beome the PM ( provided he have 2/3 majority ) the next day he shall legislate the death penalty for conviction of Corruption of RM 1000 or more & mandatory jail time of corruption of RM 50 committed by any Civil servants & elected official. I strong believe at least 85 % of the voters will support the PKR & 5 yrs later Malaysia will become the strongest nation in SEA & 10yrs later will be the best in Asia.

    Increase the salary of all the civil servants & elected official . Observe the rule of law .Then , we all can be proud of being a Malaysian.

    Now , who can be Proud of being a Malaysian esp.when our Gov’t don’t have rule of law ( murder case of Altantuya S ) ?

  6. #6 by firstMalaysian on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 7:49 am

    My concern is the invocation of emergency rule since the present government has declared that the crossing over of MPs is undemocratic. Will the journey to PutraJaya be blocked by the military and the police? It is tough and certainly need a lot of prayers to the highest Heaven.

    I remembered my late father used to sing this lovely song to us in the early days of our independence with such hope that all Malaysians have a common destiny in this beloved nation.

    ‘ On the shore beyond the tropical sea, You will stand to welcome me
    On the shore beneath the sky so blue, all my dreams at last will come true

    O Malaysia, land of Glory where I found my hearts true love,
    Soon we’ll be meeting dear Malaysia
    You will be forevermore ‘

    Each time when this song came to my mind, I wept for Malaysia as many of my friends and siblings have left the shores of Malaysia for equal opportunities elsewhere. Where is our dream for Malaysia? I missed the days of our late Father of Independence where I used to sit, play and have fun with my neighbours, Ali and Muthu and went camping together.

    My appeal to the BN government is to stop playing the racial card as the citizens of Malaysia are fed up and please do not divide us anymore. Please bring back our dreams, our hope and our aspirations for a Glorious Malaysia.

  7. #7 by max2811 on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 8:15 am

    He has my support but when is he going to do it? Is he trying to sting AAB into a snap election? Whatever, he still has 15 days to make our dream come true,ie, the demise of UMNO!!

  8. #8 by observer on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 8:36 am

    Malaysian should deserve a new party in the Federal Govn . The past five months of Pakatan Rakyat state Govn especiallly Selangor ,Perak and Penang is a good proof that a new Govn will give to the Rakyat. For the time being DSAI will face a hell of barrage from UMNO. We had to silently prey for him to take over PJ soon.

  9. #9 by Mr Smith on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 8:36 am

    Another 15 days to go and I just cannot wait for the BN government to fall and be buried together with Khairy, the grave digger.
    My prayer is BN MPs will put their country above self and abandon that sinking ship and its captain.

  10. #10 by pulau_sibu on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 8:47 am

    A few former YBs have done the right things.

    – The MCA deputy Women Chief who left and then joined Pakatan Rakyat
    – The Gerakan guy who endorsed Anwar and then left Gerakan.

    We expect more of this kind of thing to happen. That is from the bottom of the heart of the politicians. You don’t need to ‘buy’ – good heart is not something that can be priced

  11. #11 by Bigjoe on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 9:34 am

    Now I am worried. When Bakri Musa gets into prediction, things can only go wrong.. With due respect Dr., he is really crappy at it..

  12. #12 by onGOHing on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 9:45 am

    Well analysed and an important contribution to the debate. Thank you. See my own CIVILISING OUR POLITICS at

  13. #13 by digard on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 9:47 am

    Dr.Ken, waiting until GE13 means, that even if PR wins a 2/3-majority, there will be too little left to pick up from.
    The Titanic could have been saved not by the 2nd officer waiting to reach New York to complain about the captain ignoring the iceberg warnings.

  14. #14 by hadi on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 9:55 am

    Yb KIt, we need to replace this BN 3rd Division team quickly as they are fast destroying the nation. To all BN MPs with the right frame of mind and placing National Interest in your heart, it is my humble plea, call it quit and leave the PM and DPM. It is time for crossover, all of you will be remembered by future generation that created history for up holding “Ketuanan Rakyat”. Let us rebuilt Malaysian dream and everyone will be proud to be Malaysian when we stood up and say “We the people” and not “We the favored few”. IN GOD WE TRUST.

  15. #15 by wanderer on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 10:19 am

    Anwar has traveled the long and winding road, along the way ‘dirty
    obstacles’ were thrown on his path by the present and previous administrations. He fought like a warrior and came out stronger, committed to stamp out corruptions and building a fairer nation for all. His future visions for the country embrace the rakyat’s participation, building the trust so lacking with the present administration.
    Putrajaya is within sight. The mindset of Malaysians have changed, we demand a clean and just govt, Anwar can deliver and must deliver…or lest, we will have to tolerate another half century of oppression by UMNO led govt.

  16. #16 by Saint on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 10:27 am

    “That is bad for Abdullah, UMNO and Barisan Nasional, but great for Anwar, PKR and Pakatan Rakyat. Most of all it is great for Malaysia and Malaysians. That is splendid enough reason for celebration.”

    Agreed 101%, but as said PR is going have a hell of the time to bring back Malaysia on track and reality

  17. #17 by Godfather on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 10:27 am

    Typical of the “stealing” culture of the Barang Naik coalition, leakages continue to run unabated. The Accountant-General’s 2007 report is a clear indictment of the inability or incompetence of the Badawi administration to deal with rampant corruption.

    As an aside, the Star reports that the NS programme has so far cost the government RM 110 million in losses due to trainees not showing up. []. However, the report could not explain how 63,000 absentees at RM 40 per head could cost a total of RM 110 million. Somebody is getting their maths horribly wrong, and some people are getting awfully rich.

  18. #18 by on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 10:29 am

    Dr.Ken Says:

    Today at 07: 33.14 (2 hours ago)
    Anwar path to the Putrajaya is a matter of time , I prefer during the GE13 is better rather than MP cross over .


    GE13 is too long away. Already, we see gross corruptions planned from Budget 2009, with record expenditure planned – $208Billion! For the last 10 years, despite having the best earning years in Malaysia, Malaysia continues to run a Deficit! BN government keep looting the nation’s coffers. If we wait till GE13, then, don’t expect Anwar to perform a miracle when our nation’s resources is completely looted by BN.

    When MP crosses over, DSAI may not necessarily be PM. In fact, the Yang Di Pertuan Agong may be dissolve Parliament and call for fresh elections. I don’t see a difference between GE12A (in 2008) vs GE13 (in 2012/3). I very much prefer to see a GE12A, as more and more voters are increasingly frustrated with BN government. The last 5 months especially.

  19. #19 by basho on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 10:42 am

    Mr Lim –

    Thank you for hosting this excellent article by Mr Bakri. However, I feel that the true target of reform when PR takes office should be something that you wrote in a prior blog entry called “10 highlights of Merdeka II for a new Malaysia”:

    “8. Repeal of draconian and undemocratic laws which violate human rights such as Internal Security Act, Official Secrets Act, Sedition Act, Printing Presses and Publications Act and the Police Act.”

    If you do indeed repeal these laws when you take office it will be the most significant action taken by your government and will likely reverberate down through history. I believe future generations will look back at our generation and say that that was the most significant thing that they did.

    Why? Because at the moment none of us are free. Our freedom is an illusion. It can be taken away from us at a moment’s notice and without justification (ala ISA). So long as one person remains incarcerated in gaol without trial then we are all held hostage. Their struggle is our struggle.

    I sometimes feel when I am reading these blogs that people are more concerned with corruption and inefficiency than with basic freedom. What people need to realize is that if you guarantee our freedom than the rest will follow! Endemic corruption and inefficiency is a sympton of our basic lack of freedom. If you free the press and guarantee people’s freedom to publicly disagree with the government than corruption and inefficiency will inevitably decline. However, if you do not guarantee our freedom by repealing these draconian laws then there is nothing to stop a future government from abusing these powers again.

    Hence, I sincerely hope that you, Mr Lim, will make this your top priority when you take office to ensure that these laws are repealed.

  20. #20 by KennyGan on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 12:03 pm

    GE13 is certainly too far away. We are sliding down a slippery slope and the further we slide, the more difficult to climb back up. There is no moral question about a changeover by defections when the present govt is completely bankrupt of morals.

    The DNA bill being proposed is a good example being specially designed to convict an innocent man without any evidence and rendering him defenseless by virtue of DNA evidence which the Police will control and the court must accept as conclusive evidence.

    Is there anything which this corrupt govt is not capable of? 4 years more is too long.

  21. #21 by Captain on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 12:36 pm

    Badawi it seems is not only dumb and deaf, I am beginning to be convinced, he is mentally retarded and his administration is paralytic, impotent and insensible.

    Najib is utterly hopeless. But Badawi is all the words in dictionary .. all …. I really mean all ….

    Morbid, tainted, vitiated, peccant, contaminated, tabid, mangy, leprous, cankered; rotten, rotten to the core, rotten at the core; withered, palsied, paralytic;dyspeptic; luetic.

    Impotence Paralytic, paralyzed; palsied, imbecile; nerveless, sinewless, marrowless, pithless, lustless; emasculate, disjointed; out of joint, out of gear; unnerved, unhinged; water-logged, on one’s beam ends, rudderless; laid on one’s back; helpless.

    insensible, unfeeling, senseless, impercipient, callous, thick-skinned, pachydermatous; obtuse, dull; anaesthetic; comatose, paralytic, palsied, numb, dead.

    Its all.

  22. #22 by zak_hammaad on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 12:40 pm

    Courtesy of Charles Hector. I believe that we are really putting the cart before the horse – for as it stands at present, BN still has the majority – and it is not that ‘slim’ a majority.

    It is too early to be talking about who will be PM, DPM and who will be holding which Ministerial post when Pakatan Rakyat take over?

    At the moment, what is needed is for the Pakatan Rakyat to really work out what would be the real changes that it will bring about when, and if it were to get into power?

    What would be its Agricultural policy, its Education policy….etc…? What are the changes that it plans to make? How will it make sure they work. All Malaysians are very curious as to what are the changes that will be happening OR will it just be a change of faces in power, and nothing really changes.

    All we know now is that there will be :-
    ** A drop of 50 cents in the price of petrol.
    ** An abolition of toll (nothing really has been said about that)
    ** What else? (Pakatan Really must look into this – and come out with more details.)

    Who becomes PM is secondary. It is not healthy for anyone to say that he wants to be PM – or for others to say at this point and time that this person should be the Prime Minister, or that this person should never be the PM.

    “Despite being repeatedly quizzed by reporters, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang refused to state if PAS would endorse Anwar – a self proclaimed prime minister-in-waiting – for the nation’s top job. “Wait for him to win first and see if there are changes in Parliament. After that we will discuss . We will see who is acceptable to the plural society,” said Hadi, in reference to the Aug 26 Permatang Pauh by-election which Anwar will be contesting.” – (Malaysiakini, 15/8/2008 -Hadi non-commital on Anwar’s PM bid)

    The biggest problem with Anwar – is that a lot of people believe that all he wants is to be the next PM – and that is his motivation and his whole agenda; and this is a problem – for Malaysians are not interested in helping people get positions – we want real and tangible changes; not slogans. We have too many of those from BN.

    If Anwar is sincere about righting all the wrongs in Malaysia; maybe he should endorse someone like Syed Husin Ali as Pakatan’s candidate for PM if they ever manage to get to Putrajaya. Putrajaya is NOT Anwar’s birth-right!

  23. #23 by dr suresh kumar on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 1:01 pm

    I for one was always against party hopping,as it doesn’t augur well for democracy.But now I feel it’s imperative for an immediate change of leadership in Malaysia.Say the 13th GE will be held in the year 2012,that’s about 4 yrs time,during which these BNputras led by the out of idea UMNO will not hesitate to resort to all sorts of mudslinging,character assasination,bellitling the inteligence of the rakyat and so forth.Hardly 6 months after the political tsunami of the 12GE,we all saw first hand how these UMNO people still refused to respect the wishes of the rakyat and went on using dirty tactics in PP,indulging in racism,character assasination,try to throw peanuts to the non-malays instead of addressing the real issues confronting the rakyat esp the poor ones.

    The arrogance and racism exhibited by some umno leaders like Khairy and the Bukit bendera umno div chief Ahmad endorsed by party supremos goes to show that they are still in a state of denial.And they will remain so as they have run out of ideology.They were more interested in killing off Anwar politically but showed a very little or no resentment at all.Even the 2009 budget seems to be a populist one,and hardly looks attractive to FDIs.Therefore I feel waiting till the next GE would spell disaster as UMNO will be definitely harboring a lot of vengence towards the non-malays esp for abandoning their ship and also became a factor in their ship sinking now.Therefore the importance of an immediate change of govt at the federal level couldn’t be stressed more,for the betterment of all Malaysians esp for those who have been marginalized since our independence 51 years ago.God bless the nation.

  24. #24 by KennyGan on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 2:19 pm

    “The biggest problem with Anwar – is that a lot of people believe that all he wants is to be the next PM – and that is his motivation and his whole agenda;” – zak_hammaad

    If that is true, Anwar would already be PM by now. He only had to play along with Mahathir; just give Mahathir what he wants. Why go to prison and Putrajaya the hard way?

    However Anwar has principles he will not compromise even to be PM. That’s why he fell out with Mahathir and was kicked out of Umno.

  25. #25 by swipenter on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 3:23 pm

    Zak Hamaad got it wrong. Lots of people want and are motivated for Anwar to be the next PM AND NOT ” lot of people believe that all he wants is to be the next PM and that is his motivation and his whole agenda” Zak you are being refuted by the result of the just concluded PP by election. Your notion was invented the the spinmasters of Umno and you fell for it.

    As for Hadi’s refusal to endorse Anwar as the next PM in waiting is because he habours the post of prime minister for himself. In a plural society such as ours ,PAS is playing the numerical superior game of the malays just like Umno and ofcos Zak gleefully agree with.

    If the americans can put aside race as a prerequisite to be their president so can malaysians who are fast maturing politically. I wont underestimate the forces of globalisation that are shaping the thinking of malaysians on accepted universal values of fair play, truth and justice, equality and freedom. Dont tell me that our malay brothers and sisters are insular that they are immuned and dont give 2 hoots about such universal values.

  26. #26 by KennyGan on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 4:04 pm

    Hadi doesn’t have the charisma and support of all Malaysians to be the next PM. Period.

  27. #27 by zak_hammaad on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 4:18 pm

    swipenter Says:

    >> Zak Hamaad got it wrong.

    Since you are bad at reading and swift to judgement, let me remind you what I wrote at the beginning of the initial post:

    “Courtesy of Charles Hector.”

    i.e. The article was taken from his blog and abridged a little because of the content is very logical. The idea that Anwar can win the premiership is naive to say the least. In my previous posts, I mentioned the shallow and cosmetic alliance that Pakatan consists of and which will likely push Anwar’s selfish ambitions months if not year back.

    PAS remains the lynchpin in Pakatan whether you like it or not. Removing PAS from Pakatan would remove all pre-text of having the Malay and/or Islamic factor from the opposition. Anwar will become a hound dog for the secularists, an ideology that will not go well with a majority of Malaysians.

  28. #28 by winterman05 on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 5:00 pm

    Anwar , when he gets to Putrajaya, has a lot of catching up to do.

    1. Judicial Appointments Commission ( JAC) which will ensure that Judges are appointed and promoted according to MERIT . The Judiciary must be made INDEPENDENT of any executive interference.

    2. The draconian laws like ISA, OSA, should be amended wherever necessary. The ISA detainees should be brought to Court if they had committed any offence; and those who had not committed any crime should be RELEASED. The OSA should be used only for matters of National SECURITY; and not for TENDERS of contracts!

    3. Entry to Public Universities should be based on MERITocracy: STPM or A-Level, Cambridge; and SCHOLARSHIPS should be given to thiose who score TOP marks like that practised in Singapore. And certain schoalrships should be set aside for NEEDY students.

    4. OPEN Tenders for all Contracts; and the bidders ‘ names and their bids whould be PUBLISHED on the Internet for ALL people to view!

    5. Petrol and diesel prices should be REDUCED to the original levels ( that is, befor ethe 42% hike ! ) so that prices of GOODS and SERVICES could come down; and consumers could survive!

    6. The ECONOMY should be REVITALISED so that businesses could improve again! FOREIGN Investors should be encouraged to come here by giving INCENTIVES.

    7. TOURISM should be encouraged for ALL States, whether they are in Pakatan Rakyat or BN hands! We should discard the narrow-mindedness of discriminations.

    8. Education should be upgraded by promoting head-teachers of CALIBRE; FACILITIES for all schools should be enhanced. Teacher training centres should be opened up in every DISTRICT; and the former NORMAL Class traning programme should be revived so that no school is short of teachers! Temporary teachers will undergo WEEK-END training while they teach during week-days!

    9. The Police Force should be beefed up; and their salaries should be increased in line with their duties.

    10. Doctors and nurses should be paid handomely; and specialists, both local and overseas, should be recruited to man hospitals.

    The above 10 points need urgent attention. The new Prime Minister has an arduous task to improve the country for the betterment of ALL Malaysians! He must take in people of CALIBRE: those who could do work; and not because of party affiliation.

    S.H. Huang

  29. #29 by swipenter on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 5:26 pm

    Then both Zak Hammaad and Charles Hector got it wrong. One is the writer and the other likes to quote him and both are in agreement that Anwar want to be PM for the sake of being PM. Whether you like it or not racial politics is getting out of date in the country

  30. #30 by swipenter on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 5:39 pm

    KennyGan according to Zak Hammaad you are “also bad at reading and swift to judgment” as we both quote the same few lines as if it is written by Zak. Either we are both bad at reading or he is bad at writing.

  31. #31 by zak_hammaad on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 6:33 pm

    swipenter, we can agree to disagree. Such is the beauty of blogs, that we leave the information in public domain for the discerning readership to decide for themselves.

    Adios as iftar beckons in half an hour.

  32. #32 by aquaimplotec on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 6:38 pm

    M. Bakri Musa,
    Congratulations, “The machinery of state he will be inheriting is precariously out of gas…” well said, a rundown machinery perhaps not even worth saving! To be sent to the scrapyard when he becomes PM.

  33. #33 by N. Kiru on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 9:54 pm

    “I Anwar bin Ibrahim, do solemnly swear……”
    “….that I will faithfully execute the office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia….”
    “and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of Malaysia. So help me God.”

  34. #34 by Godfather on Monday, 1 September 2008 - 11:26 pm

    “The biggest problem with Anwar – is that a lot of people believe that all he wants is to be the next PM – and that is his motivation and his whole agenda; and this is a problem – for Malaysians are not interested in helping people get positions – we want real and tangible changes; not slogans. We have too many of those from BN.” Zak the coconut head.

    We ?? I get worried when a foreigner having stayed here for 16 years by his own admission thinks that he knows as much as those of us who have been here 50, 60 or 70 years.

  35. #35 by abangcowok on Tuesday, 2 September 2008 - 12:28 am

    The Devil and his hellboys have now deployed the Special Branch

    Malaysiakini : Special Branch probes defection rumours: Sarawak MP

    A Sarawak parliamentarian has today spoken out strongly about the urgent need to end the long rule of the ‘arrogant’ Barisan Nasional government as rumours of potential crossovers pick up steam with Sept 16 only two weeks away.

    The MP, an Iban who asked not to be identified, called Malaysiakini to say that Special Branch police officers had contacted him to check whether his name was linked to rumours of crossovers now making the rounds in Kuala Lumpur.

    The rumours are related to Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s plan to boost his Pakatan Rakyat’s parliamentary ranks with defections from the ruling BN parties to take over the federal government by Sept 16.

    The MP told Malaysiakini that while he could not be enticed with money, he nevertheless wants to see political change since it will be for the good of Sarawak.

    He also said that the top BN leadership no longer inspires the nation and has lost the confidence of the majority of Malaysians.

    “They refuse to recognise realities even when they are heading for doom,” added the Iban MP, who is from a rural constituency in central Sarawak.

    Party leaders briefedThe MP said the president of his Dayak-based BN component party had brief party leaders at a recent supreme council meeting on the latest political developments and indicated how they might have to respond when the time comes.

    Despite fervent denials by the Sarawak BN leadership that the state component parties – PBB, SUPP, PRS and SPDP – are strongly united, there is little secret that the Dayak members within the ruling coalition are far from happy with the present power equation in the state.

    Anwar has promised if Pakatan comes to power he would like to see a Dayak be chief minister, just as in Sabah where he had promised that a Kadazandusun would be CM if there is a change in government.

    Sarawak’s first and second chief ministers – Stephen Kalong Ningkan and Penghulu Tawi Sli – were Dayak from the Iban community before Rahman Yakub, who is from the Melanau minority, took power in 1970 and he was followed by his nephew, Abdul Taib Mahmud, in 1981.

    There are, according to rumours, at least half a dozen potential crossovers from Sarawak and that in Sabah, the number be as many as one dozen coming from at least three parties there.

  36. #36 by AsalUsuLMalaysiaHacked on Tuesday, 2 September 2008 - 1:01 am

    Zak is NO Coconut head!
    His A POOR BEEVER who blame the current stir by PR had shake his nest by the river!
    Now he struggles to throw his stick at us! Whahaha!~

    @ Zak i have question (ZAKAT vs NEP) which is more reliable?
    Why those goons preffer to pay Tax driving luxury cars as u claim they were richer than the chinese.

  37. #37 by trublumsian on Tuesday, 2 September 2008 - 8:32 am

    on rare occasions, i agree with zak (no, not even when i’m drunk ^^)
    what i want to see from anwar are 2 things:

    1) a list of his men-at-arms.
    it does not have to be a big list, just a few good men so we know he has a sound advisory team.

    2) proposals.
    when the presidential candidates in the u.s. do their rounds of campaigning and debates, they articulate their vision of what they’d like to change if elected. economy, jobs, education, energy, law enforcement, even tourism, these are all near and dear to the rakyat. how about a counter proposal for budget 2009? a good exercise if nothing else.

    if anwar wants to win over the fence sitters n doubters, he’s has a lot of work to do. better start now.

  38. #38 by zak_hammaad on Tuesday, 2 September 2008 - 3:59 pm

    Asal, thinking completely outside the box, maybe the NEP was meant to be a form of reverse-jizya for the non-Muslims :^)

    Anyway, here’s something I found today from the Star:

    Stop those ‘cross-over stories,’ says Maximus.

    PUTRAJAYA: Fed up with claims by the Opposition that Barisan Nasional MPs from Sabah and Sarawak were going to cross over, a senior Sabah politician has asked Pakatan Rakyat to stop telling cerita dongeng (mythical stories) to the rakyat (citizens) because the “jump will never happen.”

    Parti Bersatu Sabah deputy president Datuk Maximus Ongkili said he was fed up with PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for making “baseless and unfounded allegations about us hopping to the Opposition fold,” as such claims sparked concern not only among other Barisan component parties but also among the people of the two states.

    “Talk about us becoming katak (frogs) jumping to their side is a whole lot of nonsense. We are faithful and steadfast behind Barisan.

    “Barisan may not be perfect but it forms the best government Malaysians can ever have. I, for one, am anti-hopping. Those who want to leave the Barisan fold should not cheat the rakyat who elected them because they were part of the coalition,” he said on Tuesday.

    Maximus was commenting on claims by Anwar of a “clear and true possibility” that MPs from Sabah and Sarawak were planning to leave the coalition to join Pakatan Rakyat.

    Maximus, who is the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, said if there were MPs planning to cross over to the Opposition, they should ask for the rakyat’s permission by going for a by-election.

    “If the people still choose them even after leaving Barisan, then they can go with a clear conscience. Otherwise, they are only betraying the rakyat,” he said.

  39. #39 by Emily Pratt on Tuesday, 2 September 2008 - 5:28 pm

    I think having only 30 MPs crossing over to PR side will give DSAI a very weak mandate.

    If DSAI has 60 or 70 MPs who are willing to cross-over, I will say do it with Godspeed.


  40. #40 by tchow on Tuesday, 2 September 2008 - 5:46 pm

    Stop rumuor that PR would take over administration in next 2 weeks. Stop your dream and work hard on current 5 controlled state.

    To form new government, you need 30 more seats.

    From where? Sabah and Sarawak.

    Who? from Sabah and Sarawak MP.

    Impossible……Why? because nobody would bet thier political future. They may be a minister or hold any crucial position in goverment in this term. But how about next term? Are they able to defend their seat under non-BN party.

    In sabah and sarawak, let’s say any party key member want to cross to PR. Then they need to convince at least 50% of state representative to cross over as well to form state government. Ortherwise they will be minority in the state level. If anyone refuse to do that and remain in BN, they would grap promotion chance as high as chief minister of the state. In this case, who want to be pioneer?

    gerakan and mic claim they may leave BN sooner if umno not alter their policy. But they only have 5 seats. They lost the minister post, possibility chief minister of penang post and ………. somebody will quickly setup new gerakan or mic party and rejoin bn to replace the “void” in indian representative in bn.

    Does anyone promise to reserve critical position for MP that wiling cross over? if ya, then what is the position? ……minister for everyone and total 30 of them. how about portion of PAS and DAP? Don’t forget that DAP and PAS may not compulsory to support the new alliance.

    Don’t dreaming. IF the day will come, sooner it will come

  41. #41 by aquaimplotec on Friday, 5 September 2008 - 2:34 am

    BN didn’t win the GE12. PR did! It took two thirds of the voting population in support of PR to win a little over one third of the seats. The Federal government should go to PR.

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