Let’s move away from all this mumbo jumbo about the swearing over the Quran discussion and focus on a more important matter which is very relevant to the current political scenario we are experiencing now – Anwar Ibrahim and his misadventures in Malaysian politics.
I find that it is imperative to learn about the ‘reason for being’ of the man we call Anwar Ibrahim. To the majority of Malaysians, they know him only from the moment he was sacked from the government in 1998. But do they really know the man that had ruled the mob with his zest in grabbing the reins of power in the country?
I doubt anybody could remember his stance on any particular issues when he was in the government. To his detractors, he is labeled as one who would play to the gallery and made differing statements to different crowds. They are mostly correct. Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim was a very different man from the Parti Keadilan adviser, Anwar Ibrahim.
His lust for power to become the Prime Minister had changed him. It is even exceeding the lust of power of Pak Lah in staying on as the Prime Minister.
Many have heard that Anwar is a great politician and a good orator. Even though he is nowhere near the other Umno political greats such as Ghazali Shafie, Ghaffar Baba, Sardon Jubir and Syed Jaafar Albar, Anwar’s participation in mainstream politics and his ascendency to the penultimate pinacle of power was practically handed to him on a silver platter.
Many had forgotten that his rise to power was certainly helped by the patronage and blessings of Dr Mahathir. As a matter of fact, Anwar was very much a strong supporter of the issues he was so much against today.
On the case of amending the Constitution in 1993, this is what the Vice President of Umno at that time had said;
Anwar : It’s good for our royalty
SINTOK, Fri. – The decision to amend the constitution in relation to the Rulers’ immunity is aimed at protecting the Royal institutions and uphold the Rulers’ sovereignty, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today. He stressed that the royal institutions would remain because the people had confidence in the constitutional monarchy system. – NST (9 January 1993)
Remember the times when Anwar said he will not challenge Tun Ghaffar Baba?
Anwar : I am not challenging Ghafar for no. 2 position
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced today he will not challenge Ghafar Baba for the Umno deputy presidency during the party’s elections in November. The Finance Minister, who is also an Umno vice-president, said his decision was based on his belief that party unity and strength must be enhanced so that the country can continue to enjoy peace and prosperity. – New Sunday Times (25 April 1993)
Ghafar Baba reciprocated the ‘selfless’ Anwar and thanked him publicly;
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. – Umno deputy president Ghafar Baba said he appreciated the statement by party vice-president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that he would not challenge him for the number two post in the November party elections. Ghafar said this when asked about Anwar’s statement in a radio talk show over Radio Televisyen Malaysia this morning. – NST (11 May 1993)
The following month, Anwar reiterated his stand not to contest;
KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat – Naib Presiden Umno, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, berkata keputusannya tidak mencabar Timbalan Presiden, Ghafar Baba, dalam perhimpunan agung parti itu, November ini, adalah muktamad. “Tiada yang berubah. Apakah ada apa-apa yang berubah? (Ini) kenyataan yang sama daripada dulu. Tidak ada tukar. Saya dah katakan sebelum ini,” katanya. – Berita Harian (12 June 1993)
Come November 1993 that year, Anwar humiliated the venerable Ghafar in an Umno general election which was marred by an unprecedented money corruption activity. The rest as they say, is history.
With regards to the affirmative action (NEP) which the new Anwar Ibrahim love to hate, he had said this way back when he was the Finance Minister;
Anwar : Our NEP proved us right
PETALING JAYA, Thurs. – Malaysia’s affirmative action aimed at fairer distribution of the nation’s wealth under the New Economic Policy (NEP) – long subjected to severe criticisms by Western countries, particularly the United States – has proven to be positively viable in the light of the bloody Los Angeles racial riots. Finance Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today in the aftermath of the riots, the United States was beginning to talk about affirmative action, distributive justice and a concerned and caring society, actions already implemented in Malaysia. – NST (22 May 1992)
These were only a couple of examples on how Anwar could manipulate certain issues to his advantage. When several news broke out about the apparent mismanagement within Pakatan Rakyat, he chose to conveniently discard them as a non issue.
After nearly 6 months in power, we have come to realise that there is not much difference between the Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional actually. Both are practising corruption. The silence of Anwar and the absence of any effort to at least castigate the Perak exco members shows how they deal with their own act of corruption. To any observer, their mute silence can only be labeled as condonement.
It’s not surprising as Anwar himself is not free from corruption allegations. One big tell tale was his abuse of power that had eventually sent him to jail for 6 years in 1999. Bear in mind the judgment on that particular case still stand till today.
Although many Anwar loyalists may fight tooth and nail in defending the so called strength of Pakatan Rakyat, in reality, this coalition is nothing more than a loose partnership centred on greed of a man in becoming a Prime Minister. Any seasoned politician from the DAP and PAS would ride on the coattails of Anwar’s ambition while simultaneously pushing for their own agenda.
Pakatan Rakyat, with all its perceived splendour and new found popularity, is still an unregistered society. No formal agreement was signed between parties at national level. The dream of having a two party system in Malaysia is unjustifiable when the leaders from these parties could not even work together in the long run. How to successfully work together when even an easy task of creating a common logo had also failed?
Officially, Pakatan Rakyat does not exist. Hence, there would not be much hassle if any of the parties within wanted to extricate itself from it. That is why it was very easy for factions within the parties in Pakatan Rakyat to demonstrate their animosity openly towards the other coalition party members.
Presently, many of Anwar loyalists were left flabbergasted when his challenge to name his cronies were met with energetic replies in blogs. This is not surprising as most of his fans are of a younger generation which are not exposed to his political pedigree prior to his sacking in 1998. Those who are much older would remember his backfired attempt during the 1998 Umno General Assembly.
Anwar’s power hungry actions were shoved down Malaysia’s throat in a very unfashionable way. The western media aped about his attempt to ‘seize power’ come this September.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has vowed to seize power soon, stepping up his campaign against the government as he fights an accusation of sodomizing a young worker in his office.
Addressing some 7,000 people on Tuesday night, Anwar accused the ruling National Front coalition government of being corrupt, inefficient and uncaring. He promised to set right the problems plaguing the country, including bringing down fuel prices. The government last month raised the price of gasoline by 41% and diesel by a whopping 63%.
Now, for a politician who had promoted the ‘masyarakat madani’ concept, this is surely an oxymoron indeed. Malaysians have never met anyone who had made known his ultimate ambition in such a coarse and blatant way. Seizing power is synonymous to the realm of dictators and despotic rulers.
In his latest throw of the dice, he followed the footsteps of Amien Rais of Indonesia when gathering support. The dice? Telling people that he has the backing of foreigners;
BUKIT MERTAJAM 21 Ogos — Hampir di setiap ceramah, Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pasti menyebut nama-nama pemimpin asing yang menurutnya memberi sokongan kepada beliau dalam usahanya memenangi hati pengundi di Permatang Pauh.
Antara nama yang disebut ialah bekas Presiden Indonesia, Gus Dur atau Abdurrahman Wahid, bekas Presiden Filipina, Joseph Estrada, ulama terkenal, Yusof Qardhawi dan yang terbaru beliau mengaitkan bekas Perdana Menteri Britain, Tony Blair kononnya turut menyokongnya.
Anwar juga mendakwa kononnya pelabur-pelabur asing sedia membantunya menaikkan ekonomi negara jika beliau menjadi pemimpin.
“Pelabur-pelabur luar pun ada jumpa saya. Mereka cakap, Anwar, kamu pimpinlah negara ini kerana kalau kamu pimpin, ekonomi negara ini akan kami naikkan dalam masa tiga bulan. Itu kamu tak perlu risau,” katanya pada hadirin di ceramahnya di Kampung Pertama, Permatang Janggus dekat sini.
What travesty had been commited by Anwar in blackmailing the public in such ways that could only be deemed as narcissistic and unpatriotic.
Gone were his humility and self reflection. Just like Shakespeare’s Macbeth, whose lust of power in becoming the King of Scotland became his only obsession, Anwar’s road to achieve power is ungainly and frightening. No wonder PAS’ Mohamad Sabu in an interview in 1998, cited that Anwar would be much worse than Dr Mahathir if he had became Prime Minister.
Some believe that his incarceration since 1999 is justifiable in his effort to become the Prime Minister. Some believe he was treated unfairly by a dictatorial regime. That is why it is only natural that he show some aggression in seizing power.
But his hunger for power stemmed much earlier than 1999. It came the moment he was brought into Umno in 1982. One of the conditions he set upon joining Umno was to be made leader of the Umno Youth movement. In which he was duly elected under the blessings of Dr Mahathir several months after that. 11 years on, he challenged the late Tun Ghaffar Baba for the deputy presidency of Umno.
Comparing with Tengku Razaleigh’s approach in challenging Pak Lah, Anwar came across as arrogant and self centred with a dash of megalomania. To digress a bit, it is quite ironic that the supposedly authoritarian and dictatorial rule of Dr Mahathir had in fact approved the application of Parti KeAdilan to become a political party in April 1999. This had provided Anwar and his followers the platform to be active in politics and have a chance in becoming MPs.
Anwar Ibrahim may seem to love the rakyat. But his actions and the act of hubris he commited illustrated that he love himself more. He wants Malaysia to make him the Prime Minister by hook or by crook. His apparent lack of piety and convention is not important. This is what I call as Ketuanan Anwar movement.
Between Ketuanan Melayu, Ketuanan Rakyat and Ketuanan Anwar, which one do you think is his priority?