Anwar-Dr M combo: Third time is not the charm - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Malaysiakini : “I was with him and I was informed (about his decision to resign)
but I couldn’t announce it until it was released publicly. I did appeal
to him (to stay) on behalf of PKR and Pakatan Harapan.” - Anwar Ibrahim
COMMENT | Terence Fernandez in his opinion piece in Sinar Harian nailed it when it comes to this idea that an Anwar-Dr M combo is the way forward for Harapan. It is not. Fernandez wrote: "Penulis berpendapat inilah masanya untuk Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) mengundurkan diri daripada politik negara.
(Ibrahim) pula, kalau berserah kepada suara-suara Amanah dan DAP untuk
bekerjasama sekali lagi dengan bekas bos beliau yang sudah dua kali
mempermainkannya, ramai akan menyoal penaakulannya sebagai calon Perdana
Menteri. Dr Mahathir tidak akan bertukar jalur atau bintiknya – tidak
pada usia 95 tahun, pada ambang senja riwayatnya.
gandingan rapuh ini tidak berjaya pada tahun 1998 dan sekali lagi pada
tahun 2020, apakah jaminan yang ia akan berjaya pada cubaan ketiga?”
Harapan continues to dither on the premiership question, the Perikatan
Nasional (PN) regime continues to systematically subvert government
institutions, turning them into cash cows for potential mercenaries from
Harapan. Not to mention "get out of jail" cards for alleged
As one nascent Umno warlord told me recently, the
mandarins in Umno have the PN government by the short and curlies and
they have no intention of letting go any time soon.
Umno is in a better position now, because every horse manure policy
decision and subversion of the legislative and judicial process could be
blamed on the Azmin Ali/Muhyiddin Yassin cartel while Umno and PAS get
to coast along, jabbering on about Malay/Muslim rights and gleefully
pointing out the missteps of the Harapan political elite and
destabilising the PN from within.
point in Fernandez’s piece that makes the most sense to me - and maybe
it does to you, too - is how can Anwar ever be the kind of decisive
leader this country needs if he continues hankering after a formula
which has failed this country twice? Not to mention pushed by allies who
merely conform to the narratives of Umno and PAS, instead of forging
narratives of their own?
Forget about ideology for a moment and
just think of the coalition politics aspect of it. The first Anwar and
Dr M collaboration exploded spectacularly when Anwar was ejected from
the Umno/BN paradise. What Anwar did, and I believe this is why the
establishment detests him so much, is rattle power structures to the
point that Umno was crippled and an alternative, if flawed coalition,
was formed - which proved to be a threat to Umno's political hegemony.
second time, Anwar more or less handed the premiership to the old
maverick on a silver platter and yet the old maverick was part of the
conspiracy to bring down a democratically-elected government. While the
Harapan faithful may place the blame solely on Azmin Ali and Dr M, the
reality is that for months, perhaps years, the apparat within PKR were
denying the Azmin faction was making moves which aimed to supplant
Anwar continued to play the nice guy instead of carrying
out a purge which would, at the very least, have demonstrated that he
had the cajones to take command of the ship he created post-Umno. Till
the very end, the spineless leaders of Harapan, aided and abetted by
their vocal online supporters, were propping up this failed union as the
best option the Harapan base had.
Meanwhile, the Malay uber alles
government mastermind by Azmin, who in his treachery had demonstrated
that he at least had the scrotal fortitude to play out these old men –
one of whom had a sub rosa agenda of his own – is busily
narcotising the majority polity in a time when economic uncertainty is
coupled with the vagaries a pandemic brings.
I hope everyone
understands that the last general election was to be the redemption of
Mahathir. This was the argument those of us used when we endorsed him -
this idea that he had changed and that Najib Abdul Razak was the
existential threat facing this country.
we are at a point where the old maverick could be in a position to be
the prime minister in this country for the third time? And keep in mind
the Malay uber alles government and its base does not want him to be
prime minister. Harapan and its diverse base may again give this
political operative, who leads a Malay-only political party, another
chance to lead the country.
Are people gullible enough to believe
that Mahathir, who played a role in Harapan's meltdown and who now is
contending with a corrupt political system which his party and he
nurtured for years, is still the best option we have? At every
opportunity, he chooses to demonstrate his aversion to an Anwar
premiership and Anwar, for some odd reason, is always playing defensive.
are people who continue pushing the narrative that the old maverick is
needed to swing the Malay vote. That if not for him, we may as well get
used to the PN government and the formidable Umno/PAS union. This threat
is exactly the same kind of propaganda that for decades held the
opposition back - except that the opposition victories in major states
and the breaking of the two-thirds majority in Parliament is proof that a
cohesive opposition can destabilise a political hegemon.
remains to be seen how formidable the Umno/PAS union is, especially when
both are attempting to subvert the Muhyiddin regime and at the same
time, coming to grips that they have had to allocate seats which
necessarily means that neither will be in a dominant position to share
the spoils of war.
The problem is the old maverick has never
demonstrated a road-to-Damascus moment when it comes to Anwar. There is
no evidence of this in his rhetoric or actions. In fact, the opposite is
What does this say about the supposed multiracial politics
of Harapan and its adherents? You know, when I see all these political
operatives from Harapan going on about justice for George Floyd, it is
just too much.
The George Floyd movement is antithetical to
everything Harapan stands for. It does not have to be this way, but the
reality is that all these people playing lip service to what is
essentially a civil rights movement have no intention of dismantling the
systemic and institutionalised racial problems in this country,
especially when they continue to pin their hopes and our future on
someone who leads a race-based party.