Don’t go overboard, Anwar tells Bersih, EC after eyebrows raised over concert. “We (do things) according to the law and rules. We respect Bersih and the EC. “Because of that, they should not abuse their power. Don’t be too much,” he said in his address during a dinner at the Regent Hall in the Lukut state constituency. “I just rode in his car from one place to another, (but) they said this is wrong. This cannot be,” he said. He said he was willing to respect the principles of a clean and fair election, reminding guests at the dinner that the food they were eating was not paid for by him. “I am the candidate. I was invited here, but I didn’t pay for the food. Please understand this,” he said. Anwar Ibrahim.
Arrogance, humility, hubris, a sense of entitlement, clueless…these are the things I think about when I think of Anwar Ibrahim and Azizah. What both of them have in abundance and what they lacks of these things that I talked about, is for you to decide. With the exception of a few, very few, those who are now with Anwar also lack of the same things. Hubris par excellence rules PKR today.
Rafizi is probably the exception. This man, before his political life started with PKR, has accomplished, in his short life, far far more than what many of us have done in our life time. In his political life, what he has done with INVOKE alone has earned him the respect and reverence of many – including me. But, at some point of time in the recent past, whether it was political ambition, a lack of political acumen or the lack of political courage, Rafizi decided that he needed Anwar and PKR more than Anwar and PKR needed him. This from a man who could have walked into any political party and rightfully staked his claim to be one of their future leader. A decade from now, Rafizi would rue the day when he hitched his wagon to Anwar Ibrahim and became Anwar’s proxy against Azmin Ali. In doing so, Rafizi has put to waste all that he has done in his life before. He is not beyond redemption for we all know what he is capable of doing, but what he does now must purely be for political expedience. He does himself much disservice for the Rafizi Ramili we all use to know is a better man that the one he has now become.
And what of Azmin?
Azmin Ali no longer needs Anwar as the others do. His loyalty is still with Anwar Ibrahim but Anwar no longer holds sway over Azmin’s future. Azmin will craft his political future with or without Anwar. Rafizi cannot do that yet. Neither can the others. Azmin can and he will do just that. Today even if Azmin does think so, many want him without the baggage that Anwar and PKR burdens him with…but Azmin is loyal to Anwar Ibrahim to a fault. Azizah does not want him near Anwar, Azizah does not want him in PKR and Azizah will, if she has her way, throw Azmin to the dogs. Why Azmin Ali puts up with all this abuse is beyond my ability to understand.
Azizah is irrelevant. She was once the DPM’s wife many years ago. Now she is the DPM. The Segambut Royals must have had a good laugh among themselves at how things have turned out. Sadly those Segambut Royals are too full of themselves to understand that her appointment as DPM, is not on merit but on need. The need to win GE 14. And sadly they truly believe that it is her destiny to be DPM just as they think it is Anwar’s destiny to be PM.
When it was time for her to undur it is hard for her to let go. And so Anwar has to go for PD.
What Azizah fails to understand is that if she had undur and gone back to being Anwar’s wife, that sacrifice by her, would have jump start the process of rehabilitating her husband. The rakyat would have appreciated her gesture to undur. But as they say power corrupts….and even Azizah has been corrupted and seduced by the illusion of having political power. Rosmah Mansor too thought that she had political power laboured – an illusion that has made Rosmah what she is today – a sad sad “has been” who “never was”. All Rosmah really is, is baggage to her husband political fortunes. What Rosmah was to Najib, Azizah now is, to Anwar Ibrahim. Just baggage. The Segambut Royals have become a laughing stock to many…..and now not only do we not want her as DPM, we also do not want her husband as PM.
Nurrul Izzah is conflicted. Be with Azizah and Anwar and have her political future incidental to them, or break free now and risk failure. She has to find political courage and acumen. She has still to work that out herself.
Look into PKR today and you will see a bunch of losers. The pity of it all is that it really is too late for Anwar to be anything else but a sad caricature of what he once was. He is now the Reformasi leader whose only legitimate claim to the PM’s post is because of a Manifesto. He was once the wronged individual who could legitimately lay claimed to being the victim of injustice and political vengeance by Barsian Nasional, not once, but in two sodomy trials. Yet he does not seek to clear his name in open court. He asks instead for a pardon from the King. Why? And since he left Bamboo River all that he has done is to deplete whatever reserves of goodwill and respect the public has still got for him by the things he does. And all that he has done has been for him and him alone. None done in the interests of the rakyat and our Tanah Air.
For those of you who still support Anwar Ibrahim not matter what…and sampai mati….do step back and ask yourself what will happen when the power that has always been in the hands of all Malaysian Prime Minister, is handed over to Anwar Ibrahim. What will he do? Ask yourself if your support for Anwar is for financial and/or personal gain. If it is, then good luck to you. Ask yourself if your support for Anwar is because he is the best leader we can possibly have after Tun Mahathir. If that is your reason then look around you and see what he has done in PKR where loyalty is sworn to Anwar Ibrahim himself and not to party. And if you are a Malay and you think that Anwar will champion the Malays…for sure he will do that in as long as that is what he needs to do to take political power for himself….and once that political power is his….ask yourself if he will do what he has promised you to do. Enough said.