WHEN ANWAR IBRAHIM WAS SACKED, ARRESTED AND JAILED, I SAID TO MY SONS, “DON’T BE SURPRISED THAT ANWAR MAY BECOME YOUR PRIME MINISTER.”
I wasn’t thinking about Anwar becoming Prime Minister so soon but now, who knows, he could be the next Prime Minister of Malaysia. After 5 May!
Readers says 70,000 people at Pakatan Rakyat ceramah in Sutera Mall.Anwar Ibrahim have just arrived.Click on the live link here http://www.anwaribrahim.com/
1 May 2013
The conclusion: BN has a slight edge over Pakatan, 60-40 lah. We won’t go into details about the other probability figures, you can plug in your own figures because they are, well arbitrary and plugging in different figures gives you a sense of what the scenarios are likely to be. But our analysis does indicate that BN will have a reduced majority, which improves Muhyiddin’s chances of becoming PM if BN should win.
Meantime, fasten your belts for the closest battle ever in Malaysian elections. Stay with us and we will bring you some relevant info and analysis on the prime ministerial candidates, their track records, what they have done and said before, what kind of policies they are likely to do and what kind of PM they will make. Hopefully, that will make you better informed when you cast your own vote on Sunday.
Free Malaysia Today
Anwar faces last, best shot in GE13
Former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim predicts sweeping changes for the country.
KUALA LUMPUR: Cast into the political wilderness 15 years ago by Malaysia’s regime, Anwar Ibrahim faces his best and possibly last shot at vengeance in climactic elections on Sunday.
The former heir-apparent to Umno is today its most feared enemy, having galvanised a diverse opposition that now dreams of unseating one of the world’s longest-serving governments.
“I can be crazy in some ways, partly because I have gone through a lot,” Anwar, 65, told AFP in an interview.
“But I just want to prove that you can run the country with good governance, eliminate corruption… and make Malaysia a mature democracy.”
Umno has towered over the moderate Muslim country through a coalition government since independence from Britain in 1957, but faces rising pressure over corruption and authoritarian tactics.
Much of the credit for the changing landscape goes to the mercurial Anwar, whose charisma, oratorical skills and appeal across multi-ethnic Malaysia’s racial lines breathed life into a once-hapless opposition.
His three-party Pakatan Rakyat faces a formidable, dug-in foe, yet many analysts say the result is too close to call.
It was an unmitigated disaster, if I could remember the words of Mr. Lee Kuen Yew, the former prime minister of Singapore.
What we could not accept and what the civil society could not accept was that there was a complete disregard not just for common decency but also for the failure to adhere to the due process of the law.
It is not about right and wrong, truth or falsity. It is about basic protection of the fundamental constitutional rights. It is about respecting the laws and the ensuing due process of it.
Anwar Ibrahim’s episode is a stark and chilling reminder to all Malaysians that we do not have rights but mere privileges.
Part 2: Tok Guru Nik Aziz’s advice to DS Anwar Ibrahim
I find this part very inspiring.
It is a timely reminder that we should always remember that if we are TRULY wronged, if we are deliberately defamed, if our character is viciously assassinated, if we are stripped of all the comforts and trappings unjustly, if bad things happen to us one after the another without any justification despite all the inherent good qualities trapped in us, then take heart that there is a reason for all that.
For those who believe in God and for those who do not believe in God but in nature, It is certainly God’s/nature’s way of making you stronger, wiser, compassionate, humble, humane and accepting the failings of others. And for those who read the Bible, the story of Moses is one fine example.
And above all if you are born to lead, then it is a signal of the universe communicating and talking to you that your time will one day come.
If it is destined, then nothing can stop a man whose time has come.
Please watch the video not just because it is Anwar Ibrahim but more importantly for the principles behind this episode.
UM’s Centre for Democracy and Elections’ (Umcedel) recent survey
The Sydney Morning Herald
Winds of change
Rabble rousing … Anwar Ibrahim on the hustings in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Austral Press
It’s nearing midnight in Penang. In a park surrounded by decaying concrete apartment blocks, a swelling crowd waits patiently amid the sticky heat and pungent aromas of food stalls, traffic fumes and open drains. This is a poor Malay neighbourhood, but there are Chinese and Indians here, too, a representative cross-section of multiracial Malaysia.
Suddenly a slim figure in dark trousers and white shirt emerges from the darkness through a side gate and the crowd erupts in jubilation, clapping, cheering and sounding horns. A squad of armed security men guides him through the crush and up towards the fluorescent glare of a makeshift stage. “There have been attacks by provocateurs at other meetings. We have to be careful,” says a senior aide.
Anwar Ibrahim sits down briefly on the rough grass among the sweating youths in the front rows. He then mounts the stage, takes a microphone and steps back down to stand facing the crowd. “I will stay down here. This is better,” he says. The audience roars approval at the intimacy of his gesture. “The time has come for change,” he declares. “We can create a new environment. We can change the political landscape of this country. We can end the corruption, the cronyism, the wasteful spending. Enough! Enough! Enough!”
The day after this, thousands of people bussed in from across peninsular Malaysia will assemble in a stadium in Kuala Lumpur to hear a formal speech by Prime Minister Najib Razak, head of the Barisan Nasional coalition government. They will all have party-issued gift bags and party-issued “We Love BN” banners, and they will all applaud on cue for national TV.
But tonight Anwar Ibrahim, leader of Pakatan Rakyat, Malaysia’s tri-party opposition alliance, is giving a one-man show and no one has been paid to come.
He has no prepared speech. He speaks with passion from a script lived hard over long years of imprisonment and political exile. But there is no bitterness to it. Anwar jokes and teases the crowd and they lap it up.
He quotes Lincoln on the impossibility of fooling all of the people all of the time. He sings unaccompanied a version of a popular Malay song about trees shaking in the wind. But this time it’s Najib who is shaking – to winds of change being fanned by Anwar Ibrahim. The assembled crowd reverberates with laughter.
As we drive towards another night rally, Anwar winds down his window to greet and touch hands with the cheering supporters lining the road. “I am blessed that people continue to give me their support and hope. Their affection keeps me going. The rural areas have never been our stronghold but now we are seeing signs of growing support. Some are influenced by the incessant propaganda in the media and by all the cash handouts, but many are fed up with it all.”
Anwar knows the obstacles to victory, but believes they can and will be overcome. “I mean, how much can they cheat? I genuinely believe I can do it. I have the wisdom, the hindsight of prison, the experience of government that helps ensure I can lead this country and, damn it, I want to prove it.”
With that, he steps from the car and is consumed by another sea of jubilant supporters, for whom an Anwar victory would mean as much as it does for the man who has travelled so far and so hard to reach this moment.
Lead-in photograph by Vincent Thian.