Nearly two weeks ago, the broad smile of Anwar Ibrahim showed how happy he was sitting beside his old campus mate, Nasarudin Hashim. He showed the world that it is not impossible to entice a wakil rakyat from BN to change sides. What a coup! The crossover drama queen was so happy, he was confident of luring more people from the other side.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 — More Barisan Nasional lawmakers will cross over to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) soon following Datuk Nasaruddin Hashim’s defection, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim predicted today.
The opposition leader expressed confidence that there will be a slew of defections occurring fortnightly from February onwards
Beaming with pride over his success in catching an ADUN from Umno, he gleefully said:
“We welcome him and I see it as a beginning of a new wave,” said Anwar.
The puppet Menteri Besar of Perak chipped in and went one step further- there will be more defections, he said. In fact, they were actively working to ensure it is a reality.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, who is also state PAS deputy commissioner, said there were unconfirmed reports that more Barisan representatives planned to follow in Nasaruddin’s footsteps.
“There will be more crossovers… we are working on it,” he said.
Perihal dikumpul wakil-wakil rakyat Umno, ulangi angkat sumpah (sumpah lagi!) di depan Najib (kaedah apa pula?) biasa saja dalam tradisi mereka. Tetapi lantaran penyesalan mereka akan kehilangan tokoh Perak, apakah muslihat terhenti di situ?
Then, that crossover was the mileage Anwar Ibrahim needed to boost his waning popularity. It has come to a point that Anwar Ibrahim had to depend on pinching people across the political spectrum just to prop up his shaky platform.
Fast forward not too long after that, cracks began to appear in Pakatan Rakyat’s dreamboat. Talks of a few ADUNs from Pakatan crossing over became more and more rampant. Chief DAP of Perak, Ngeh Koo Ham immediately urged that the anti hopping law be enacted. His justifications were:
“He should be able to go back to the people and say, ‘Look, there has been a change of situation. For your sake, I want to change parties. Do you agree?’ he said, adding ‘there should be no impediments.”
But he failed to look into the mirror and see that his face was just muddied by the act of Anwar’s crossover plot i.e. Nasarudin Hashim. A man of integrity would almost always looked back and urged Nasarudin to vacate his seat before crossing over to Pakatan. When Anwar has no integrity whatsoever, it is up to the rest of Pakatan leaders to point out the obvious.
Alas, a credible politician is hard to find. The loose knot that tied Pakatan Rakyat together began to unravel. Upon the resignation of the two ADUNs from PKR, two letters of resignation appeared on the desk of the Speaker of the State Assembly. That was a fine example of Pakatan’s weakness. An undated resignation letter. No doubt, the brainchild of Anwar Ibrahim from his 1994 Sabah state election days.
At least the BN had never resorted itself to sign undated resignation letters as soon they become ADUNs. This shows that Pakatan Rakyat are afraid of their own shadows. And to think they want more people to join them! Who wants to join a coalition reeking with cross-overophobia but at the same time urging people to cross over?!
A strong leader concentrates on strengthening their own team first before trying to weaken the opposing team. If you are not that strong in the first place, minor hitches will tear your team apart.
Kalau kail panjang sejengkal, lautan dalam jangan diduga.
You will caught with your pants down in the process. As I see it, all this revealed how weak the opposition is. Lim Guan Eng even had to issue warnings to all of his wakil rakyats! What kind of polity is this? Schoolyard politics?
Their desperation became acute when Statutory Declarations were made hastily by two PKR Aduns in Perak! Hello YBs, confessions in SDs are no longer taken seriously ever since RPK started this trend.
Not only that, MB Nizar even made the desperate announcement to dissolve the state assembly without the consent of the Sultan! Putting the cart before the horse like this certainly had annoyed the Sultan. Where are your manners?
People can crossover to you but your people cannot do the same from your side is it? The reason these people do that is simply because you are not strong enough. Just like the laws of attraction, power makes everything sexy. Since Anwar is not as powerful and charismatic as he thought he would be, the result had been too obvious. The pied piper’s flute had lost its magic. Numerous broken promises had tarnished his image.
A commentator in a blogsite was heard complaining:
How can BN form the new state government with the stupid defectors?
The stupid defectors fail the voters. It is their own self-interest and decision to defect but is that the will of the voters ?
That would be the same type of question people will ask should Anwar gets his 30 frogs to change their party affiliation.
Forming the government is never easy. Not as easy as it sounds. Certainly not as dreamy as ‘We have the numbers! 30 MPs will cross over!’
The mess that we see in Perak is only 1/13th of the kind of mess we would have seen if Anwar Ibrahim’s dream to get 30 MPs were realised. And it all generated from Anwar’s big mistake. Enticing people to change party and political standing is the only modus operandi that he knows (after effectively thought about and execute the idea in 1994 Sabah elections).
Anwar Ibrahim started this call and promoted the idea of mass crossovers. However now, he has no moral conviction and the integrity whatsoever to say that all the cross overs from Pakatan Rakyat to BN is illegal or immoral.
Insecure people will talk big. But everyone knows its 100% bullshit. I have stated before, and I will say it now. Anwar Ibrahim never had the numbers to begin with.
The taste of your own medicine had never been this bitter eh? But then again, Anwar is used to tasting his own medicine. Berani buat, berani tanggung YB!
The Pakatan Rakyat’s state government in Perak had failed to balance the needs of its people. Due to DAP’s arrogance, they had bulldozed their administration without regards to the feelings of the majority. DAP could not understand that the monarchy is there to safeguard’s the Malays’ interest in the state.
First and foremost, the monarchy must be taken care of. The ‘sultan-less’ psyche of the DAP could not see that the monarchy and the Malays relate to each other in a symbiotic kind of relationship.
The monarchy needs the Malays’ support while the Malays see their sultans as the ultimate guardian. Heck, Haris Ibrahim and RPK even issued out memorandums and petition to the Agong to seek his support!
The DAP should have taken care of the Malays’ feelings. Ultimately, the Sultan will not lose face in front of his subjects. No amount of excuses can save you if the Sultan feels that the Malay rights are taken away.
Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the Perak Menteri Besar’s refusal to resign despite the request by Sultan Azlan Shah did not mean Pakatan Rakyat was on a collision course with the Perak palace.
But his statement became comical when he uttered:
“Considering the spirit of constitutional monarchy and Parliamentary democracy, this takover if allowed will be a disaster to the democratic system,” Anwar told reporters after a meeting with PR leaders.
Did he honestly think his ‘Project 916’ takeover won’t be a disaster to the democratic system? To me, Anwar Ibrahim cannot say anything more because he was the initiator of all these ideas of crossing over. Does he not remember?
But, since this is already a foregone conclusion, what we can do is to minimise the impact of this debacle. Legitimacy of the new BN state government needs to be solidified further. Since there will not be a state election, what BN should do is to put in motion a vote of no confidence on MB Nizar.
This will surely reaffirm the notion that Pakatan Rakyat government is no longer wanted.
From then on, BN can decide their next course of action. Congratulations to Dato’ Dr Zambry, the ADUN for Pangkor as the new Menteri Besar of Perak. Diharap beliau tidak akan menjadi seperti kaduk naik junjung. The BN of Perak must perform better this time around and show to the people that it is a far more competent and efficient coalition to govern the state. To gain the correct perception is vital.
But in the mean time, Anwar Ibrahim should just keep his mouth shut, sit back and see the mirror image effect of his own dream taking stage in front of his eyes. Oh wait, he can also reminisce about what I had written in the first paragraph above. Good times eh?