Anwar continues to destabilise Harapan - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, March 18, 2021
The current mentality, blame the Malaysian "Juice"
Malaysiakini : “To a question
on what was going through his mind when watching Mahathir's oath-taking
ceremony following Pakatan Harapan's general election victory, Anwar
replied: "You want me to be honest or politically correct? Politically
correct, of course, I rejoiced, everybody was so elated.” – Anwar Ibrahim
COMMENT | Anwar Ibrahim is at it again. At his most recent presser, he again attempts to push the narrative that he has the numbers – "adequate" – this time, to topple the Perikatan Nasional regime. Why have these silly pressers in the first place?
you are not going to have a full-court press with all your supposed
allies, then the only reason to have these types of pressers is to spook
the ruling government.
The problem is that the ruling government
is not spooked. They are so used to seeing Harapan with eggs on their
faces that events like these just play into their narratives that Anwar
Ibrahim will do and say anything to be prime minister.
fact that various factotum in Harapan and not the big guns have come
out to oppose such a move further feeds into the narrative that Harapan
is fractured when the reality is that Anwar’s quest for power by
aligning with untrustworthy corrupt political operatives is causing
disunity in the ranks.
Furthermore, coalitions – grand or
otherwise – are not needed to topple the PN regime. There is no need for
“cooperation” between any parties. All that is needed are MPs - no
matter from which political party - to declare if they support the
current prime minister or not.
Keep in mind what the prime minister said
on the campaign stump in the Sabah state election: “The Bersatu
president added that should he no longer qualify to be the prime
minister, he has two options - to step down or recommend that the Agong
Hence all this subterfuge and political
games between political operatives are not to “save Malaysia” but to
save their own behinds, and in some cases, from legal proceedings. Do
not for one second believe that they do not want another general
election because of this pandemic.
They do not want another GE
because they are afraid to roll the dice. They are afraid because
political infighting in their parties could destroy the hegemonic status
are afraid that if the rakyat is angry enough, this could result in a
political reconfiguration that would mean that the establishment would
have to compromise to remain in control. In other words, the kind of
bipartisanship that is unheard of here in Malaysia.
types of pressers do is to remind people how incompetent and
disorganised Harapan is, that the main political agenda of the party
seems to be making Anwar Ibrahim prime minister by any means necessary.
The fact that we have Harapan component parties issuing public statements
that they would not work with Umno or work with kleptocrats and
claiming ignorance of what Anwar is doing behind closed doors should
tell us something about the cohesion of Harapan.
Unlucky with numbers
issue with Anwar – and I say this as someone who has publicly advocated
for his chance at the hot seat in Putrajaya – is not his “don’t spook
the Malays” agenda
or his waffling when he comes to committing to his supposed
race-neutral agenda or even his stance on religion, all of which neatly
fall into mainstream Malay realpolitik.
The issue with Anwar is
that he cannot even control his own party, and more damaging, his own
coalition. Now, if you are a Harapan supporter who is willing to make
compromises to end this PN or whatever it is called nonsense, then this
should be the most troubling issue that Harapan faces.
when Anthony Loke said, "you have to ask Anwar if he has the numbers",
the last time Anwar pulled this stunt? Or how about the time when Anwar
and PKR openly disagreed with Anthony Loke and Khalid Samad about the “options” for the prime minister posts that played out in the press?
can you say? Anwar Ibrahim has always been unlucky with numbers. Be
that as it may, I have no doubt that he has Umno potentates whispering
sweet nothings in his ear. As reported by Nikkei Asia, "Our
president (Ahmad Zahid Hamidi) is very cautious in making sure that he
can secure his political future, and Anwar can be a saviour."
course, the official position is that Umno will not work with PKR and
DAP and of course “sources” will claim that there have been no talks of
cooperation but all this is part of the sandiwara to keep people
guessing and cause more political instability in this country. The only
person who seems to want to work with Umno is Anwar and meanwhile, Umno
gets to play coy and make it look like the Myuhiddin refuseniks do not
represent the party.
Every time Anwar does something like this and
nothing materialises, he does PN’s work of damaging Harapan and
strengthening certain factions within Umno who wish to work with the PN
government. Anwar has been justifiably cagey about the numbers, but the
problem here is that Anwar, for whatever reason, has never been able to
control the coalitions he has been in.
his allies fell under the spell of the old maverick, but Azmin's Ali
betrayal is on him. If Anwar could not even exert control over his own
party, how in God's name is he going to control a coalition made up of
political operatives, most likely from Umno, who have no loyalty beyond
serving the unstable Malay political establishment?
And it is just
so obscene. So what if Anwar manages to scrounge up the required number
of Muhyiddin refuseniks to topple the current prime minister? What we
would be left with is another unstable coalition whose primary partners
have demonstrated that they are willing to sell anyone down the river to
further their personal agendas and to use race and religion as a means
to further those agendas.
This has never been about saving
Malaysia; this is about attempting to seize power without the mandate of
the people. These cretins do not want to roll the dice and instead use
the pandemic or "emergency" to bypass elections.
If Anwar and
Harapan formed coalitions – even with the strangest of bedfellows –
after an election, this would be a legitimate democratic practice.
the moment, it is purely about traitors, knaves and kleptocrats trying
to save their behinds and one man, Anwar Ibrahim, who naively thinks
that he could be PM with their support.