There are some of my blog followers asking me to comment on the 2 articles on Anwar Ibrahim which Sakmongkol posted in his blog last few days. I am eager to give my assessment on the issue writtenby this close friend of mine over the issue which incessantly occupies the mind of anyone with political traits.
Sak is a person who is blunt and has truthful political mind. He says what he should say. What he said about Anwar is not untrue but what he said about the consequent that UMNO faces with Anwar strong existence in Malaysian politics is also not untrue.
Let us agree with Sak that Anwar is not as what his close and avid followers claim as the savior of the nation and let us also concur to his opinion that this former Deputy Premier is no more or any less is an UMNO typical. He wants to be the PM just like Najib and he also wants to a PM and serves the position for lengthy episode like Dr Mahathir.
Mahathir, Anwar and Najib are feathers of the same bird. That is why they don’t agree to each other and the incongruity of Mahathir towards many of Najib’s policies is slowly becoming evident lately.
The unforgiving and remorseless quarrel between Mahathir and Anwar in actuality has nothing to do with party struggle and concerns for the race and the nation. It is all for their personal aversion for each other.
In actuality Mahathir didn’t have a breath of concern about Anwar’s private sexual habits and preference Anwar was deputizing him. By his (Mahathir) own admission the IGP Tan Sri Haniff Omar had informed him of Anwar’s sexual mischief’s in 1992. No action was taken by Mahathir against Anwar as he (Mahathir) took it as no offence and it is not immoral as long as everyone including Anwar supported him.
It was only when he realized that Anwar was becoming too strong and believing that Anwar was planning to unseat him democratically Mahathir took the issue of sodomy expediently as reason or excuse for him to depose Anwar.
In the end Anwar was taken to Sg Buluh prison on account of corruption at first. The sodomy case convicted Anwar and sent for another imprisonment. The 2 verdicts sent Anwar to the total of 15 years jail as the jail term was served consecutively. Subsequently Anwar was acquitted and discharged on the sodomy case after long appeal for technical reason.
In Anwar’s absence Mahathir became very strong within UMNO and his strength was rock solid. Before that he had systematically displaced Musa Hitam and Tengku Razaleigh with the help of Anwar. Anwar was the last of the list that Mahathir wanted to side line and the sodomy case was the most fitting excuse to oust him (Anwar).
BUT the public was splitting. BUT Mahathir is Mahathir. He survives very well in crisis. His communication skill and his non-stop politicking made all UMNO leaders and members minus the group that followed Anwar were all behind him (Mahathir). Everyone then believed all the truth and lies he said. Most leaders who are now in line up of power were Anwar’s followers who tuned coat.
Mahathir and his successors are now confronting Anwar’s influence and let us just be truly honest to ourselves that these leaders are all out for personal actualization.
So what Sak was saying is a plain truth. It is all personal struggles and they have their political parties for them to work on. Anwar has his PKR while Mahathir, Abdullah and now Najib have UMNO baru.
While these leaders are fighting for their personal glories, let us look at their respective parties’ strength and weaknesses. Don’t worry about their personal actualization as all, Mahathir, Anwar, Abdullah and Najib have lost all attributes of a Malay leader we found during the pre Mahathir era.
UMNO have failed the Malays since Mahathir era. Mahathir transformed the country to a reasonably big economy within the class of developing nations. Under him we have the tallest building the tallest flag post and the 3rd longest bridge and all are the world’s longest and tallest.
He (Mahathir) was also one of the world’s longest heads of government and to be experience that long episode, it was not without cost. It was very expensive that we are still paying and trapped by the cost of his over staying.
The nation has lost the decent democracy and there is no more separation of power between the 3 democratic pillars, the Legislative, Executive and the Judiciary. Almost all democratic institutions have been cannibalized and those institution purely become tools of party goons who are trapped in political and religious hypocrisy.
So what Sakmongkol was saying that Anwar was just playing personal agenda is very true and he (Anwar)does not have any difference with that of Mahathir’s, Abdullah’s and now Najib’s. But some of the PKR leaders are serious in trying to mend the problems the nation is facing.
But what we must admit, as I have said earlier, that the existence of Anwar is now giving UMNO a tough time. Anwar has a long list of issues that he can raise and those issues are not trivial for the people pay attention to. Those are real and legitimate issues.
That is why many quarters including my humble self always incessantly call for transformation in UMNO without which UMNO which I am a member will be dumped by the people and they have pressed the wake up call button in the last GE.
What UMNO needs to show is just a few leaders known to the people as trustworthy and be given the mantle to face the complaining public.
BUT the party seems to ignore the call and the voting public is now very crossed by the obstinate leaders of the party.
So I reckon they are more prepared to be sent to the opposition bench both at the Sate Legislative Assemblies and the Parliament in the coming GE than to improve ourselves. Don’t blame others but only ourselves to own up all the blames.