Thursday, September 18, 2008

Where is Anwar?

Where is the Pakatan Rakyat Government that we were promised and told that will happen? Where is the "more than 31 defectors" announcement? Like many, I am one of them very "keen" to see the drama of a Constitutional crisis and a shift of power at Federal level from Barisan Nasional to Pakatan Rakyat.

Today is Sept 18th 2008.

On Sept 15th in Kelana Jaya Stadium, former Deputy PM of Malaysia Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim laid foundations that Sept 16th Pakatan Rakyat's rise to power will be a reality when he claimed that he has more than 31 BN MPs crossing over.

According to Anwar on the 15th, the list would be announced on the 16th and he will seek to meet Pak Lah. Sept 16th came and nothing happened.

Today is Sept 18th. Where is Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim? What is your next move, Datuk Seri? PAS Muktamar members are not happy and a large group of PAS members are questioning the credibility of Anwar and the appropriateness of an Anwar-led Government.

PAS leaders were nowhere to be seen in Kelana Jaya Stadium. And now we have Kelantan PAS vs Terengganu PAS politics within PAS itself.

Now, my hometown's MP Ipoh Barat M Kulasegaran voiced that the DAP prefers fresh elections than defections.

Read it here - DAP : We prefer fresh elections to defections. I do not knw if this is a personal view or official stand of DAP. But YB Lim Kit Siang was there at Kelana Jaya Stadium on the 15th.

Whatever it is, I agree with YB M. Kulasegaran that fresh elections instead of defections will be a better mandate and a better way. I have said this numerous times already and I will say it again.

The people votes for the candidate and also the party they represent in each seat. A defection of any seating MP will not be ethical as it betrays the party and the people's votes.

Now, the message from PAS and DAP is clear. What about the message from PKR? DAP grassroots have always voiced out to their leadership about the party's agenda and directions.

PAS politics are also interesting as the Muktamar plays the sole role of party agenda and objectives. We also hear the involvement of PAS Youth and grassroots in the party's policies. Democracy in PAS is indeed interesting.

PAS members are also worried about the true intentions of PKR and especially Anwar Ibrahim. They seem to lean towards DAP and not as moderate as they initially seem in terms of DAP-PAS politics and motives concerned.

PKR will need to clear their stand on DAP-PAS relations, if they want to unite the 3 Opposition parties under one umbrella, Pakatan Rakyat.

I have yet to hear about any grassroots voices or feedbacks from any Division Heads of PKR to the party's national leadership. All PKR MPs, State Assemblymen and State Assemblywomen should consider playing a more influential role in party politics.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat was formed because of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. But will the party continue to survive if during the day, everyone in PKR sings "I love Anwar" and at night, everyone in PKR dreams and murmurs "Anwar rocks"?

Look at UMNO, MCA, Gerakan, DAP and PAS. These parties do not go around any individuals. Members of these parties talk about their respective parties and not about any individuals. But in PKR, I see a dangerous trend where everyone is just saying "Anwar this, Anwar that".

I just wonder what if Anwar falls one day, what will happen to PKR? Will all the Anwar supporters crumble and the whole PKR be crushed like in 2004?

PKR consists of many Anwar supporters, lawyers, doctors and other professionals. However, if the party wants to be a solid and powerful political party, the 30 MPs (excluding Anwar) and 40 ADUNs of PKR should focus more on party agenda, instead of Anwar.

As the academician from UUM have said, Anwar should instead focus on strengthening the Opposition to make it a formidable force to face Barisan Nasional in 2012-2013's 13th General Election.

The people gave Pakatan Rakyat 4 State to govern (Kelantan belongs to PAS, not PR). It is an acid test to see whether Pakatan Rakyat is fit to takeover the Federal Government.

The rakyat aren't blind. If PR can perform, PR might be in Putrajaya in the 13th GE. Otherwise, BN will continue to govern Malaysia.

I am keen to see what Anwar's next move is. His hoo-haa over Sept 16 PR Government has created a dent in Pakatan Rakyat.

Pakatan Rakyat must now focus on their role as the Opposition party of Malaysia. All 3 component parties of PR should have table talks and formulate a true united Pakatan Rakyat, similar to the model of Barisan Nasional.

Dilemma :
1. Where is Anwar? And what is his next move?

2. What will happen to the PAS - DAP relationship?

3. Is PKR leaning towards DAP or PAS when a crisis occurs?

4. Can PAS-DAP be held together by PKR (or rather by the Anwar Ibrahim family) under Pakatan Rakyat?

5. What national agenda will Pakatan Rakyat put on the table with PKR and DAP being different from PAS?

Even Agendadaily published an article saying that a reporter was said to have commented on Anwar's press conferences - "different day...but same story". Read it here - Anwar Ibrahim: hari lain ... cerita sama.

Anwar gambled big with his promises. If he doesnt show the results anytime soon, he will lose his credibility once and for all. What more to say he has a "sodomy trial" noose hanging around his neck.

Our "best ever PM" Pak Lah is saying that Anwar is a threat to the national security. ISA next eh, Pak Lah?

Malaysian politics have also brought down great effects to student leaders and student candidates for elections. Some have changed their mindsets to a more power hungry and political approach, and I can personally see it here right in Canberra. I will not comment further to avoid controversies with the Malaysians in my University.

Perhaps, the politicians of Malaysia should focus more on 3 major issues that the public cares about :

1. Economy
2. Education
3. Unity

Malaysia Boleh!


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