Founded during an angry period, this Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) or People Justice Party is all about one man. Even its logo is about him. Look at the two “half-moon”, they represent Anwar Ibrahim’s eye which was bruised and swollen after being punched by Rahim Noor, the then Malaysian Chief of Police in a lock-up. The picture of that eye “went viral” in 1998, causing more anger among his supporters.
He was holding noisy public rallies almost everywhere in the country calling for “reformation” which seemed to catch people’s attention. That was just after he was expelled from UMNO and sacked from his Finance Minister’s post and shortly before he was arrested for corrupt practices and later sodomy.
His ability to deliver incendiary speeches in the mould of Sukarno, the ex-President of Indonesia, brought people in droves to to listen to him. He used this gift to the utmost. His side of the story might not be the truth and yet people in large groups tend to urge one another on and behave like a herd. Herd mentality could be volatile and highly dangerous.
He is very much aware of his ability to rouse his listeners. In fact he really enjoys it and so you see him in videos of his public speeches, singing and dancing like a born actor he is and people naturally love this talking clown. He can talk like this for hours and people will sit transfixed. I see in some of those videos,some people actually sit open-mouth in awe of him and he cajoles them to sing along with him! My, that is fantastic, ordinary folks just love him. He indeed has personal charm and so-called charisma.
You would never see this in Najib whose speeches tend to be boring,harping on the same things and whose tone stilted and quite often irritating. People would rather listen to Anwar anytime. And no wonder Najib keeps refusing to debate with Anwar, the fast-talker who would’ve beaten him, at least in style, hands down.
He could have used his gift for public good instead because of his fury and desire for revenge of the treatment he received post-expulsion from UMNO, he goes on a rampage to bring this party led by his mentor, Mahathir, down at the expense of the country: even at the expense of the Malays whom he has managed to divide.
Naturally opportunistic people of other persuasions opposing the ruling Coalition see in him a hope of something new, something fresh in the air and they swarm around him. He is like a proverbial “Queen Bee”. The recent mammoth rally at the Kelana Jaya stadium at Shah Alam testifies to these restless bees’ phenomenon.
For “busybody” foreigners loathing perceived corruption in a country long held by one party, Anwar is seen as good for “democracy”. In fact, had Anwar, whose name looks like “a war” been of good character, he would have been Godsend for Malaysia, for her vibrant democracy because it is not good for one party to rule for so long because the tendency to breed corruption is high. Just look at the Congress party in India.
Unfortunately he rises from the ashes like the phoenix out of anger and vengefulness and he is pursuing a path of social instability. He is living for the moment and is impatient to grab that payback time. If he loves Malaysia he would have taken the recent general election defeat gracefully and thanked his voters graciously and work towards gathering more support for GE14 and groom his trusted party members and avoid internal strife like the Azmin’s case here. His People Alliance (Pakatan rakyat) has already got the popular vote and GE14 looks so much more attractive for it to take over the government.
Anwar’s current stupidity is destroying PKR’s future chances of ever being in the federal government. No wonder the much younger Azmin is unhappy: his future is being compromised and so is Nurul Izzah’s (Anwar’s daughter) and the intelligent PKR’s Strategic Director, Rafizi’s.
Like the others I also yearn for a transparent government and we can get such a government through either changing the ruling party/coalition or ensuring a strong opposition in parliament at the ballot box.
In a democracy which is never perfect, the ballot box is the greatest equalizer: my office driver, cleaner , gardener and me each has one vote. Should all three of them vote Pakatan because they identify with Anwar Ibrahim and if I voted BN, I would (rather grudgingly) have lost….
I am no admirer of Anwar but would like to advise him to please not be selfish, think of Malaysia and think of the young capable leaders in your Coalition, who have many more years ahead of them.
Anwar Ibrahim, your uncivilised behaviour knows no bound and your selfishness is both disruptive and destructive.
May the AlMighty God clear you dark heart and show you the right path.