Anwar Ibrahim had said these words 2 weeks ago. Sounded sweet to the ears of almost everyone. The Star had almost given him a messiah-like personality. But lets look at it from a different stand point shall we?
Malaysia belongs to all races, says Anwar
While protecting the rights of the Malays, the Chinese and Indians must also be given an assurance on their citizenship and position in the country, said Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The Permatang Pauh Member of Parliament said the country belonged to all races and not to just one community.
“With such an assurance, it does not mean that you will be sacrificing the rights of another community,” he said during a breakfast gathering with Permatang Pauh PKR Wanita members in Yayasan Aman in Penanti yesterday.
Anwar said when Independence was declared on Aug 31, 1957, the Malays, Chinese and Indians were assured the freedom of speech and freedom to form associations.
What he was saying was not racist in nature. In fact, he would certainly be applauded by the Pakatan rakyat supporters, especially the non Malays.
What if we we rephrase his first paragraph into this?
“In order to protect the rights of the Malays, they must be given assurances that their rights are not trampled or extinguished by the Chinese and the Indians.”
Now, if an Umno leader had said the above, I will bet my whole life savings that this sentence will be viewed as racist by the Pakatan Rakyat’s supporters. But why then would it be viewed as racist when in fact the sentence is just rephrasing Anwar’s original words?
In a way, this is what Anwar is also saying. But when he says he is championing the Malay rights, he is not a racist. Then why are the Umno leaders be deemed as one? This is the question that needs to be answered by the Umno leaders themselves.
Furthermore, if I ask Anwar Ibrahim what are the rights of another community which were sacrificed in order for his own race to prosper, I reckon, he could not even answer it properly. Especially when he was in the government for 16 years before, he was very mute on this very subject. In fact, he was against any steps to embolden the other communities.
As if there were not enough assurances already by the government to the non Malays. Even though we opted for integration, rather than assimilation, many efforts have been made by the BN government that enable the non Malays to still retain their racial identity. Compare this with the minorities in other countries. Their racial identities are being blurred tremendously.
I also agree with Lawyer Kampung’s take on the recent statement by Pakatan Rakyat.
In a more current development, Anwar said this in The Star today;
The Permatang Pauh MP also claimed that the transition to the new Government has been delayed a few days pending the meeting with Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to ensure a smooth and peaceful transition.
He said it was up to Abdullah to agree to the meeting and its date.
Anwar said that in a letter submitted to Abdullah on Monday, Pakatan had made four demands to ensure a smooth transition:
1) That Barisan does not hinder or prevent the MPs from acting in accordance with their conscience, constitutional rights and independentjudgement;
2) That the Barisan government should not invoke the Internal Security Act to detain the MPs or any other current Pakatan MPs;
3) That the Barisan government does not invoke emergency laws or police powers or suspend the Constitution or dissolve Parliament; and
4) That the Barisan government shall not impose roadblocks or impede MPs from going to Parliament or any institution of government.
What if Pak Lah says no to all the demands above? Should Anwar then go back home in Bukit Segambut and call it a day?
What the Pakatan Rakyat supporters failed to realise is, if the MPs defect today and tender their resignation from their parties in Barisan Nasional and join Pakatan Rakyat, Barisan Nasional does not have locus standi to invoke all the 4 points above. Because, legally, Barisan Nasional is not in power anymore. Therefore, all the government’s machinery is legally controlled by the Pakatan Rakyat.
So why the demands? Wouldn’t it be easier if Anwar and the traitors just hold their press conference today and declare that they are in Pakatan Rakyat as at this day. Pak Lah will have no choice but to step down as he is no longer hold the majority of the Dewan Rakyat!
Why all the fuss in negotiating with Pak Lah? Does Anwar think the people are idiots? All this hullabaloo is just trying to confuse the people and not make him look ridiculous to all the promises he made since April 23rd;
KOTA KINABALU: The Pakatan Rakyat is in a position to form the Federal Government and it will be done no later then Malaysia Day on Sept 16, according to Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Reiterating that the three-party alliance had the numbers and was in no rush to replace Barisan Nasional, the former deputy prime minister said it would all be in the timing of the announcement.
“God willing we will be there. If not next month, the following month, if not June or July, on Merdeka (Aug 31) or Malaysia Day. I think we should not exceed beyond that,” he told reporters on arrival in Sabah on Wednesday.
In my opinion, along with Pak Lah, Anwar is also under siege. Not by anyone, but by his own lust of power. He knows the premiership which by the way has never been in his grasp, is drifting further away with the advent of the Dream Team. Plus, his sodomy trials is due to continue next week.
Making excuses here and there can be very weary. Even writing this article proves to be very tiring for me. Just bring the MPs and make them resign from their parties and all this so called meetings of negotiation will be redundant. But Anwar did not take this easier and more peaceful path did he? Why?
How thick is his encyclopedia anyway?