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Can you trust Anwar Ibrahim ?

By Wong Mun Chee

MALAYSIA: A simple recap, in 1972 he formed ABIM and served as their leader. In 1982, he surprised everyone joining UMNO. In 1993, he was made the DPM after forcing out Ghafar Baba. In 1999 after his incarceration, PKR was formed and the rest I guess is the new politics that we see today with the same old political agenda.         
The economist ran a pretty decent piece on him with facts and actuality as they described him as the Malaysian chameleon see link
Now let’s get down to facts to see whether he is a chameleon. While in ABIM, it was a Muslim agenda, then in UMNO, it was more a Malay agenda   by introduced numerous pro-Malay policies in the national school curriculum. One of the major changes that he did was to rename the national language from Bahasa Malaysia to Bahasa Melayu. I wonder where One Malaysia or Malaysian First fits in here.
Other notable events such as the Kampong Rawa incident on March 1998 where there was a tense stand-off when politically induced Muslims emerged from Friday prayers in an adjacent mosque and marched in numbers to the Sri Raja Raja Madurai Veeran temple in Kampung Rawa. During this incident, the negotiator, Mr Anwar threatened the Hindus there to accept whatever he said, otherwise he said no temple bells will be sounded in Penang. Knowing, M.I.C., what would you expect. Naturally the temple demolished and relocated even when it had stood there before the mosque came into the picture.

Another interesting event is of cause the insertion of UMNO proxies in Sabah since its inception in 1991. Naturally the progenitor is none other than our famous Anwar.   

Anwar sympathizers will naturally cry foul for the follies and floric of Anwar during his reign against the community generally, as after all he did face persecution for his ambitious attempt to overthrow the might Machiavellian, Dr. Mahathir by another Machiavellian.Basically it was a clash of Titans with little relevance for the public concern or their need but the race to power.

 The interesting point to be taken into consideration is, the charmed character of Anwar did not serves his imprisonment for a cause for the society but rather being a sour grape but naturally being a seasoned politician, he was able to gain public sympathy through his Reformasi.     

Fast forward 2011, amongst the three opposition coalition parties, the one that seems to be a time bomb seems to be PKR. Why? Same principle, all proxies to ensure Anwarism, no difference from UMNOrism style with their allies.    
Why am I bringing this up. I tell you why?  Little-birds in the sky have been chirping to me that Anwar has recently met with Taib (Sarawak) & Musa (Sabah) beyond the Malaysian waters.

Now what is the purpose of meeting UMNO cronies? Trust me in politics it is not about principle but where and when the deal can be struck. Even the enemy is your friend. Naturally we all know that Peninsular is 50-50, but East Malaysia is where the real power is for political swing. What they discussed or why, is a good guess for you as much as it is for me.
Let’s ponder on my own perception. Taib and Musa have been under a lot of heat and it is unlikely that UMNO can hold it together for them as they need take care of their backyard in Peninsular. Anwar has his days numbered either he goes behind bar or strike a deal for a swing in power and in exchange for these blokes to continue with their billionaire lifestyle and fulfill his own agenda to become the PM .    
You see once you in power, it is very difficult to question anything, look at UMNO, a classic example for 53 years and why go so far even PAKATAN within their four states exercise and exhibits similar agenda with lots of media propaganda for the feel good factor so what more with seasoned politicians.     
On another take, for all you know, Anwar maybe negotiating  with Najib as he would now realize that PKR is falling apart as most are UMNO rejects or his proxies. I would do that, if I am a politician, wouldn’t you?      
Why would Najib negotiate with Anwar? Well for one a common enemy Dr M.  Najib has Dr M nibbling at his feet from day one since he has been the Premier.  The current DPM, a crony of Dr M comes with such contradictory statements from the current Premier alike another subtle proxy war. Is it so difficult to fathom this? It is always good to read between the lines to find the true agenda.     
 I won’t be surprised  that one day Anwar will turn around and say Najib,  I think you are doing the right thingy as we have a common enemy in sight so keep me loose to enhance your position and avoid me from serving prison sentence.         
The crux of this letter is, politicians are never our savior, but we the people are as we need to be savvy enough to understand and comprehend with apprehension the true objective of a politician. This can only materialize if they are steadfast in their principle from day one, not swaying and swinging for political need no matter how you see it. A good politician and its true meaning is to serve the society without the typical grandeur that we observe with Anwar as and when it fits the agenda.   
This can only happen if your individual action is in place to check and balance them as I attempt to do with Anwar Ibrahim for is his actual society’s cause as oppose to his own individual cause.  
A good conscious politician is what we make them to be for general consensus, not for us to be looped around to serve their own personal agenda.  
Whether I have my doubts about Anwar is secondary but it is your call as the society to hold the notion of oneness without the typical One Malaysian & Malaysian first to flush out artificial politicians.
With both side of the politicians, we will never know hypocrisy or democracy as most of us are chameleon ourselves? So how!!! Easy, truth and reality on you for other reflects the politicians or how they are able to manipulate it for themselves or for how we get manipulated.    
Wong Mun Chee

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