I still think that this debate would be a pointless exercise. But somehow, I had this sliver of hope that the debate will turn out to be an informative and an engaging one. Hopefully it will not be a platform for either one of the politicians to push for their own personal and selfish agenda.
In other words, any political rhetorics will surely defeat the objective of this debate. As I recall, Anwar wanted to challenge the government on the decision of rising the fuel prices. Now this is where we can see how Anwar can offer his thoughts on how to decrease the fuel prices.
I sure hope he can say that he has the ability to decrease the price of fuel back to what it was 2 months ago.
But knowing Anwar, I am sure he will take this opportunity to stamp his presence in the mainstream media with a barrage of incessant and irrelevant issues at hand. That is why I thought this debate is going to be pointless.
Diverting attention would be his greatest ploy to gain popularity. Take this Newsweek article for example. Anwar was interviewed by the magazine’s reporter, Jonathan Kent. An interesting question by the reporter somehow peaked my interest. It goes like this;
Kent: The government has again made allegations of sexual misconduct against you. What is your response?
Anwar: It’s disgusting of them to repeat this, but there is a difference from last time. [Now] I don’t cast aspersions on the entire government machinery or on the prime minister. I’ve no evidence to link him to fabricating evidence, but [Najib’s] office appears to be involved. I also have evidence on the fabrication and suppression of evidence in my 1999 trial involving the current Inspector-General of Police and the Attorney-General.
Now this is why I dub Anwar as ‘Darling of the Western Media’. See how the US based magazine worked hand in hand with Anwar in diverting his current sexual charges? They just love him to death!
Firstly, it was not the government who made the allegations. It was HIS OWN AIDE. And see how Anwar here did not link Najib to the so called conspiracy simply because he has no evidence of it. But, he managed to create an insinuation that Najib appears to be in cahoots with Saiful over a mere happenstance (Saiful took picture with Najib’s aide and Saiful went to see Najib to complain about Anwar). In fact, I am surprised that the reporter did not do his homework. Should I start relegating Newsweek to the same level as our mainstream media?
Then follows the second question;
Kent: So you believe the charge against you was prompted by the fact that you are about to make public new evidence against these officials?
Anwar: Yes. The sodomy allegation may have been prompted because the police chief and the Attorney-General are privy to my initial complaints against them [from 1999]. The former volunteer in my office who made these latest sodomy allegations has been part of Najib’s apparatus, and we have evidence to that effect.
Huh? As far as we know, Anwar had no inclination to make public any of this so called new evidence. He was so busy dealing with PKR’s nepotisme issues at that time. In fact, a day before Saiful made the police report on 28th June 2008, Anwar’s blog posted a rather mild article about ‘pantun Melayu’. There were no announcement regarding any ‘new evidence’ anywhere in all the articles concerning him prior to the 28th June . And we all know how Anwar will rant and shout about something new he just stumebled upon. But in this case, there was none.
As a matter of fact, if the AG and the IGP were so afraid of Anwar and they had to resort to create the trumped up charges through Saiful, why would Anwar dragged Najib into this whole mess?
Maybe because Najib was a convenient target? We now venture into the realm of conspiracy theories. Cooked up by Anwar himself.
Okay then. All these conspiracy theories will absolve Anwar from any sodomy charges in the eyes of his loving supporters.
Nevertheless, Anwar should not even be this panicky. He should just emulate and learn from what the veteran singer Datuk M. Daud Kilau had gone through. At least the singer came out more dignified than Anwar.
Can’t wait to watch them on the telly tonight. I wanna see how both politicians outwit each other in this possible pointless exercise.