Thursday, August 06, 2009

Anwar Ibrahim in UMNO

Sorry for the lack of blog posts these days. I have been busy with a family trip recently and now my desk has a pile of assignments to complete.

Anyway, enjoy the above video. I first saw it in a Facebook Group.

By now, many would have received news about an article of Anwar Ibrahim published in The Economist.

I am quite sure Barisan Nasional leaders or component parties do not own The Economist.

So Pakatan Rakyat "yes-men" can be assured that this is not another "conspiracy" which you have been programmed to use as an excuse whenever such articles or accusations arise.

Read the article here - Malaysia's chameleon dated Jul 30th 2009. Some excerpts of the article :

  • That morning, Mr Anwar had been in Perth where he had met Australia’s foreign minister. What had he been doing with Stephen Smith? “Plotting,” replies Mr Anwar, with a conspiratorial wink. Mr Anwar spends a lot of time abroad with national and religious leaders whose names he drops slightly too easily into an engaging conversational style. He moves like quicksilver from one intriguing subject to the next, but you get the uncanny sense that he is speaking to what interests you.

  • Then there is the time-consuming trial. Mr Anwar says he will win whatever the verdict. If he is acquitted, the government which brought the case will be discredited. If found guilty, tens of thousands of supporters will take to the streets. Mr Anwar hints tantalisingly at new information in a murder case that has gripped the country partly because of its links to Mr Najib. This, he suggests, gives him ammunition to fight back.

  • Intriguing, but it is unlikely to be enough. If Mr Anwar does go to jail, the alliance may not survive the loss of its leader. If he calls out his supporters—for something of the martyr lurks in him—he may be blamed for the ensuing chaos. And if he appeals to international opinion, his local supporters may question that.

  • This points to a trap waiting to catch the silver-tongued Mr Anwar, who deftly tells different audiences—religious or secular—what they like to hear. The same blogosphere that helped his meteoric rise may one day pay more attention to his chameleon qualities. Malaysians would then come to ask more closely: who and what exactly does Anwar stand for?

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