Winners, losers and others in Sodomy II

March 07, 2014

Barisan Nasional (BN) got what it wanted. Datuk Seri Najib Razak got what he wanted. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad got what he wanted. Tun Daim Zainuddin got what he wanted.

Heck, any Umno politician will be celebrating today. The man who could have ended it all for Umno is back where they want him to be – in jail.

And this time, the keys will be thrown away, finally ending the political career of a man who has withstood 15 years of sledgehammer treatment from his political opponents, BN.

Here are some initial thoughts from today’s court decision.

a) Najib Razak

The weakest Prime Minister in history has bought himself some time. His political opponents in Umno will now give him some credit for taking their nemesis out of the picture. The appointment of Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah as the prosecutor was down to the PM, a rare, rare move which showed how much Putrajaya wanted the win.

With Anwar behind bars, Najib would also have one less formidable adversary to contend with. For a prime minister with an approval rating of just about 50%, any advantage is desirable. But Najib should not celebrate too long: there is still a groundswell of anger over the rising cost of living and the excesses of the first family.

Then there are his opponents in Umno. They need to be fed. All the time.

b) Dr Mahathir Mohamad

The former prime minister was mightily unhappy when the Federal Court released Anwar Ibrahim in 2006. He chalked it down as another failing of his successor turned punching bag, Tun Abdullah Badawi.

The fact that a resurgent Anwar galvanised, nurtured and eventually, led Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to shatter the myth of invincibility of BN at the polls in 2008 only served to turn up Dr Mahathir’s antipathy towards Abdullah.

Since his release, Anwar has been a thorn in the side of Dr Mahathir and in the run-up to the May 5th elections, the PKR leader hammered away at the former PM’s Achilles heel: his children’s astronomical wealth.

Apart from bare denials, Dr Mahathir could not offer any other comeback. The thought of Anwar as Menteri Besar, presiding over the richest state in Malaysia, would have been all too much for Dr Mahathir.

After all, the plan was to end his political career in 1998.

c) Khalid Ibrahim.

He will remain as the Selangor Menteri Besar. Nothing more needs to be said. The contest for PKR’s number two position now becomes even more important.

d) Shafee Abdullah.

This win puts him closer to his ultimate wish: to replace Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail as the Attorney General. Not bad for someone who been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently.

e) Anwar Ibrahim.

By showing his hand and announcing that he planned to become the Menetri Besar of Selangor, Anwar inadvertently galvanised all the forces against him. Yes, there was a fair amount of bluster about his ambitions, but his foes in Umno (especially those from the Mahathir era) were spooked.

They understood the grave consequences for Umno in the richest state if Anwar did a decent job as MB. And they understood the danger of Anwar having a platform. Any platform. He had to be finished off before he became the Selangor MB.

The picture is bleak for the opposition leader personally. One major consolation: PR’s continued gains in GE13, where it snared 52% of the popular vote, showed that many Malaysians want change.

Another nugget to digest: Umno’s support among all the races has dropped significant since May 5. So maybe the lesson is this: personalities matter, but not as much as the public’s desire for change.

f) The judiciary.

The less said, the better.

g) Rafizi Ramli, Saifuddin Nasution, Nurul Izzah Anwar, Tony Pua, Salahuddin Ayub and others.

With Anwar locked up, it is time for the younger PR leaders to step up and play a more central role in uniting the opposition and pushing for a more formal structure.

A great orator and campaigner, Anwar was less inclined to handle the nuts and bolts of the coalition. As a result, there was too much ad hoc decision-making. Time for a proper PR leadership council that meets every fortnight.

h) International condemnation.

Do not expect US President Barack Obama to tick off Malaysia or even cancel his trip here next month. It is not going to happen. Washington is too pre-occupied with taming Putin’s Russia.

Also, the Obama administration has been less emphatic to the woes of opposition politicians in Malaysia. All they care about is whether Malaysia is going to sign that Pacific trade treaty and whether Kuala Lumpur is a good friend in the fight against terrorism. – March 7, 2014.

  1. #1 by bruno on Saturday, 8 March 2014 - 7:49 am

    Who is the real winner in this sodomy saga.Well,the results of the Kajang by election will tell.A much bigger majority than the last adun by any PR candidate and the people is the winner.Anything less and Umno is the winner.

  2. #2 by bruno on Saturday, 8 March 2014 - 7:55 am

    Now that Anwar is no longer in the race,the Kajang voters will show their fellow Malaysians how to vent their anger at a very corrupted gomen and Umno/BN.Now it is becoming more a possibility of a landslide victory by PR by any candidate,except Rafizi.Rafizi has a big bad mouth and very unlike by Khalid and his team.

  3. #3 by bruno on Saturday, 8 March 2014 - 8:00 am

    Maybe the very impossible is about to happen,something that has not happen to Umno/BN for a very long time.Their candidate Mei Fun losing her deposit?Not that she is a very unlikable lady.Only thing is that she is in the wrong unpopular party at the right time.

  4. #4 by bruno on Saturday, 8 March 2014 - 8:02 am

    With the chicken and compulsive liar LTL as her party boss,Mei Fun do not need anyone else to help her lose her deposit.

  5. #5 by bruno on Saturday, 8 March 2014 - 8:07 am

    Anwar being found guilty by the kangaroo court is the one and only good thing for PR.And the one and very bad thing for Umno/BN.This will be the final straw to break the camel’s back for Umno/BN.And of course path the way for PR to march into Putrajaya come GE14.

  6. #6 by Bigjoe on Saturday, 8 March 2014 - 8:39 am

    The most dangerous thing is d) if it becomes true. Goes to show how off their game PKR and Pakatan are..

  7. #7 by winstony on Saturday, 8 March 2014 - 8:58 am

    So, the scums are having a field day now.
    Malaysians must make sure that it wouldn’t last.
    Everything is now in your hands.
    You are the final arbitrator of your destination.
    Not the corrupted, lunny government.

  8. #8 by boh-liao on Saturday, 8 March 2014 - 9:58 am

    Dis kangaroo court of dis kangkung land CONFIRMS dat Perkosa-UmnoB/BN r not only CORRUPT & RACIST, but MANIPULATIVE n DICTATORIAL

    Dis case is so obviously orchestrated 2 prevent AI fr taking part in d Kajang buy erection – lightning speed, so swiftly accomplished, with so many key players well manipulated 2 play their parts (rewards will come later; lu tolong gua, gua tolong lu lor)

    With d SUCCESS of dis case, MORE SIMILAR cases will follow – just watch lah, any PR kaki who seem 2 break certain rule or law will b CHARGED again n again until GUILTY as desired

    Perkosa-UmnoB/BN r also very THICK skinned, insensitive 2 world’s opinions – they will do anything n bend every rule n law 2 GET what they WANT

    Perkosa-UmnoB/BN r using various gomen agencies n courts as legitimate means 2 achieve their ends

    So, my frens, U C Y dis nation is in deep SH!T – while rakyat want racial harmony, peace, stability, progress, n wealth 4 all grps, d Perkosa-UmnoB/BN gomen of d day, elected by minority of voters, want d opposite, which is racial tension, divide n rule, wealth concentrated in them n their cronies

    D Perkosa-UmnoB/BN gomen is actually d ENEMY of rakyat n dis 1DERful land

  9. #9 by boh-liao on Saturday, 8 March 2014 - 10:13 am

    As long as Perkosa-UmnoB/BN rule dis land, AI will always b dealt with
    After Sodomee II n serving his jail sentence, AI (even though an old man of 70+ after release fr d current jail sentence) most likely will b charged with Sodomee III some time after 2020
    Even when he is jailed, some X-rated hard core sexual escapades involving AI (or is it AI-look alike?) will surface
    Déjà vu
    Honestly, AI might as well b a PORN star, fr a loser 2 a winner, LOL (rather than letting his look alikes 2 reap all sorts of benefits fr his enemies)

  10. #10 by boh-liao on Saturday, 8 March 2014 - 10:16 am

    As long as Perkosa-UmnoB/BN rule dis land, AI will always b dealt with
    After Sodomee II n serving his jail sentence, AI (even though an old man of 70+ after release fr d current jail sentence) most likely will b charged with Sodomee III some time after 2020

  11. #11 by boh-liao on Saturday, 8 March 2014 - 10:18 am

    Even when he is jailed, some X-r@ted h@rd core seksual escapades involving AI (or is it AI-look alike?) will surface
    Déjà vu

    Honestly, AI might as well b a P0RN star, fr a loser 2 a winner, LOL (rather than letting his look alikes reap all sorts of benefits fr his enemies)

  12. #12 by black dog on Saturday, 8 March 2014 - 5:20 pm

    You got it wrong about anuar ibrahim’s political career, my dear malaysia insider. As long as he is alive and in jail, he will be a MANDELA. DAP, PAS & PKR with stick further together because they want to associate with the malaysia mandela.

    If you killed Anuar Ibrahim, he will be the a martyr of Malaysia. Anuar’s dauther, even with all the controversy of a failed marriage, will get all the sympathetic vote like the daughter of Gandhi in India

    It is a no win move for BN and all win for the man anuar ibrahim.

    As always, expect a stupid move from Be end

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