Anwar’s Multiple Mistakes, As I See It.
Within the past few weeks, the world witnessed two major earthquakes, one which had turned almost the whole of Port-au-Prince, the capital of island-state Haiti into rubbles, killing hundreds of thousands of its inhabitants, while another which took place below the sea off the Chilean coast, which triggered tsunami which devastated Chilean coastal towns and settlement, and rippled accross the Pacific Ocean to cause havocs as far as Japan.
The two major earthquakes have eclipsed ‘series of tremours’ taking place in Malaysia. The ‘tremours’ were not detected on Richter scale as it did not cause any ground or sea movement like in Haiti or Chile, but they have SHAKEN the PKR party led by Anwar Ibrahim, the party which is acting like DOUBLE-SIDED TAPE, holding the other two partners of opposition Pakatan, DAP and PAS together.
Since the resignation of its General Secretary, Salehuddin, weeks ago, the party was rocked by spats of defections of its lawmakers and leaders, including PKR former chief of Penang and MP for Bayan Baru, Zahrin , and Tee Beng, the MP for Nibong Tebal. And, two days back, it was the turn of Fairus Khairuddin, the former Pakatan Deputy Chief Minister, No. 1 to Lim Guan Eng, to ‘add salt to injury’ to declare his WELL-CONSIDERED DECISION to leave PKR to join UMNO.
The series of defections, including earlier defections by PKR lawmakers in Perak and Selangor have put into light the SERIOUS ERROR OF JUDGEMENT on the part of PKR de-facto leader, Anwar Ibrahim, in selecting the candidates to represent PKR in the last General Elections. Anwar who is obviously caught by surprise by the defections tried to gain some sympathy among PKR ‘still-loyal’ supporters, by admitting MISTAKES in selecting the candidates.
Despite his admission of MISTAKES, there are people who are re-phrasing the question. Was it Anwar’s MISTAKES in selecting the candidates, OR was it the MISTAKES of the candidates and PKR supporters in ‘giving their all’ to Anwar? To many, despites Anwar’s CHARISMA and CHARMS, he had committed TOO MANY BIG MISTAKES along his political path, which is seriously RETARDING his political ambitions.
The way I see it, one of Anwar’s BIGGEST MISTAKES was to be carried away by his ‘political-business’ close supporters to plan to challenge his POLITICAL MENTOR, Tun Dr Mahathir, for Presidency of UMNO, not long after he overwhelmed the late Tun Ghafar Baba in 1993 to grab the post of Deputy President.
Another of his BIGGEST MISTAKES was to REBEL against the decision of UMNO to sack him from the party in 1998, and triggered the REFORMASI streets demonstrations. Many other UMNO leaders were sacked from the party, including Tun Dr Mahathir, during the late Tunku tenure as President, yet , they did not REBEL against party decision and later clawed back into the party, and leadership of the party.
And, another of his BIGGEST MISTAKES was to form a multi-racial party, the same idea which had forced the late Dato’ Onn Jaafar to resign as the first President of UMNO. This led to another of his BIGGEST MISTAKES , to form a coalition with DAP, perceived by majority of Malays as CHINESE CHAUVANIST party whose main objectives has been to REMOVE the SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS AND THE BUMIPUTRA OF SABAH AND SARAWAK as allowed for in the Federal Constitution.
And, as I see it, the BIGGEST among Anwar’s BIG MISTAKES was to promise non-Malay voters in 2008 General Election to ABOLISH the New Economic Policy(NEP) , the SOCIAL ENGINEERING INSTRUMENT introduced in the aftermath of the 1969 racial riots which had engulfed certain part of Kuala Lumpur in FLAMES. Anwar was seen as willing to trade the SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS for Chinese and Indian votes. Indeed, non-Malays support for Anwar increased tremendously, but among the Malays, there are those who have openly labelled him as PENGKHIANAT BANGSA, some one who works against the interests of his own race.
For all the BIG MISTAKES, its not enough for Anwar to apologise to his followers. The only REDEMPTION for Anwar is to apologise to the whole Malay community for his MISENDEVOURS, and initiate the DISSOLUTION of the sinking PKR party, in the same way Ku Li dissolved his then sinking PMS46 in 1993.