Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Pakatan Rakyat or Anwar's Dreaming for Power?


Reported in Malaysiakini.com, de facto PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim last night said he has the support of enough defectors from the ruling coalition to seize power, although he will not act until he has a bigger majority.

Learning from my experience during the last general election, I will not write off his claim. Anwar may have a trick or two up his sleeves. However, I would like to point out that such speculations about Pakatan Rakyat toppling the BN government through defections do not augur well for Malaysia.

The most important thing is for both coalitions to exercise the mandate given by the people and govern well. Malaysia needs to start showing foreign and local investors that we can work together to make this two party system works.

Any uncertainty created, such as calls to Abdullah to step down, is not going to be favourable to our economy. Investors, rightly advised by their fund managers, will adopt a wait-and-see attitude until there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Being objective, I can be quite naive politically to suggest that politicians should put national interests at the top priority. Ironically, politicians of all shades and leanings are hungry for power. Power defines politics. A while ago, a top PR leader shared with me why he thought winning state seats is important - to govern.

Nonetheless, I agree with Anwar that he should focus on making his coalition works and stay cohesive. Often repeated statements like this one by PAS spiritual leader, Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, is not healthy. Nik Aziz is convinced that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will eventually accept the Islamic state ideology.

Much as I support some of the election manifesto laid out by a few PR component parties on non-racialism, anti-corruption and others, I do not think the PR should go Islamic. Going Islamic is akin to going communal. Voters do not want to find themselves in a quandary. They do not need a religious coalition after they have helped to chase away a communal one.

Next time, many of them might just cast their votes for independents.

Insofar as Anwar aspires for national power, I would like to hear his stand on Islamic state, on Hudud law, on the status of the constitution and on Malay rights.

Perhaps he should start to make some policy related statements so that we can gauge if his coalition is the deserving government-in-waiting.

Picture courtesy of Malaysiakini.com

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with some of these hypocritical people? They'd rather be ruled by the ever heinously evil regime BN which will always play so dirty and manipulate the election so that they will stay in power! Anwar is fundamental to change the mindset of the Malays who are the majority of the population, where many are still brainwashed into supporting the evil UMNO blindly, and Anwar is the key to hold Pakatan together especially with the problem of the ever troublesome PAS!

The BN/Umno got back into power especially from the last election through fraud and evil fascist means; and they will do so again for the next one as the "democratic" elections have always been based on fraud in this sorry nation-state! I WONDER HOW THESE HYPOCRITICAL PEOPLE INCLUDING THE LIBERAL ELITIST LEFT (FEEL-SO-MORALLY-RIGHTEOUS-DO YOU?)WOULD FEEL IF THEY ARE IN JAIL AND TORTURED LIKE THE BRAVE HINDRAF LEADERS; OR ARRESTED JUST FOR PRACTICING OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY AS HAD BEEN BRUTALLY SUPRESSED BEFORE THE ELECTION; FACING THE BRUTALITY AND EVILNESS OF THE POLICE FORCE AND SPECIAL BRANCH AND HAVING TO ENDURE THE MASSIVE CORRUPTION OF BN. FURTHER, WHAT ABOUT THE MASSIVE DESTRUCTION OF OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL-TRADITIONAL COMMUNITIES' LANDRIGHTS FOR LOGGING AND GIANT CORPORATE BIOFUEL PLANTATIONS ESPECIALLY THE UGLY PALM OIL, AS ARE HAPPENING EVERYWHERE ESPECIALLY WITH THE PENAN AND ORANG ASLI AREAS (LOOK UP www.bmf.ch FOR GOODNESS SAKE!). ALSO WHAT ABOUT THE UMNO'S EVIL ACT OF GRANTING "MALAY/BUMIPUTERA" IDENTITY TO MUSLIM FOREIGN WORKERS, REFUGEES AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ESPECIALLY FROM BANGLADESH, INDONESIA, SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES AND PAKISTAN (WHY THE BIG WIN FOR BN IN EAST MALAYSIA) JUST TO BUY THEIR VOTES FOR UMNO, AND MANY MANY MORE EVILNESS!!!!! OH YES, NEED TO EMNTION HOW UNSAFE THIS COUNTRY HAS BECOME FOR ALL MALAYSIANS, PARTICULARLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN!

SO GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER; AND LET'S SUPPORT PAKATAN TAKEOVER OF BN RIGHT NOW! THERE'S NOTHING IMMORAL ABOUT REPENTENT BN POLITICIANS JUMPING SHIP, FOR THE SAKE OF JUSTICE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE!

NOOR AZA OTHMAN.

Anonymous said...

He has been making policy statements if you've followed his speeches (many of which are on youtube) and they've been fairly consistent.

He's against NEP, but pro maintaining Articles 152 (Bahasa Malaysia as the national language & hence compulsory in schools etc), and Article 153 (Malay rights) as set out in the Constitution. He's set out PR's MEA - the Malaysian Economic Agenda which is based on distribution of economic wealth based on merit (targetted towards the lower income and most deserving of all races, as opposed to just bumiputras). He is anti ISA (will seek to abolish it), pro greater media freedom (willing to revise the Printing & Publications Act, and the University & University Colleges Act). He is totally for cleaning up and strengthening of the Judiciary (in view of what he calls the "kangaroo court" system which can be manipulated by the Executive in critical cases involving government interests, especially prevalent in the Mahathir/Eusoffe Chin era, and still has some leftover elements today).

In fact, he's one of the few politicians who has stated his stand on various policies clearly and consistently. Not many others have done so, including the ones currently holding government / ministerial posts.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Noor Aza Othman,

You reacted like a hyper strung supporter of PR. Nothing wrong with you being a supporter but I am afraid your over enthusiasm will make you no different compared to some 'blind' UMNO supporters who will go to the end of the world to defend their leaders' accesses.

Let me remind you that now the PR is in power in 5 states. It is pertinent for them to prove that they are able to govern better than BN. But now, before even starting to think about how to solve issues plaguing the people, some of their leaders are already talking about installing an Islamic state etc.

I tell you what, yes many of us, independent observers, have put our act together and remain neutral for the interest of the nation.

What is so different between you and recalcitrants BN supporters and leaders who toppled the PBS government in Sabah through defections? Same, pretty much the same. Don't bark back if you do not want to be labelled the same like them. I am no big fan of UMNO and its accesses.

Jumping ship for the sake of justice? When did politicians become so righteous? If so, they would have jumped ship in 1990. Its about positions and concessions.

Want more proof? Write to me.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Anon,

His support for Article 153 and his party's MEA are contradictory. If the focus in on the bottom rung of the society and just distribution of wealth, why is there a need to maintain Article 153?

This particular Article is the one divided Malaysians, embedding a sense of supremacy into a community and invoked a sense of marginalisation on the rest. If so, we can chuck out the notion of Bangsa Malaysia. Malaysians cannot believe that they are born equals.

Anwar has not been consistent. Check back the statements he made when he was in Abim and later UMNO Youth plus the many campaign speeches he made for UMNO during elections until 1995.

He sounded more moderate to me but I would like to see more results and not rhetoric.

Anonymous said...

Article 153 is as entrenched in the Constitution as Articles 4 5 6 7 etc (on human rights) in the Malaysian constitution. You would need a 2/3 parliamentary majority to amend it and what are the realistic chances of getting that done? Voting across racial lines in GE12 alone was a huge step for many Malaysians, but I don't think the Malays in general (never mind Anwar) have progressed to a level that they feel safe about letting Article 153 go.

Changing the NEP is far more practical and realistic step, since it has proven to be a magnet for corrupt and abusive practice (which has actually benefitted many enterprising non-Malay (mainly Chinese) businessmen. People seem to overlook the fact that unscrupulous Malays may have opened the doors for abuse, but enterprising Chinese businessmen have also not been slow to take advantage of corruption. Business cronyism cuts across racial lines. It takes 2 to tango). So the NEP has to go.

I'm realistic on the Article 153 issue, and I have to say I support Anwar on the NEP issue. Can you name any other Malay politician who'll progress this far? Mahathir, anyone? Think he'll abolish the NEP (never mind Article 153, haha)? How about Najib? Has he ever said anything useful about the racial divide in Malaysia (how about anything useful, period)?

People may be sceptical about Anwar, but at least he's putting his ideas out there for debate.

Great blog, by the way. I appreciate you're open-minded enough to allow dissent & reply back, unlike some other blogs....

Anonymous said...

The most straight talker of all is Tengku Faris. He said what most Malays would like to say but do not how to say it. Blackmailed to give citizenship to British protectorates for the price of "independence". Did Brunei for example give citizenship to former British protectorates? What about UAE? What kind of condtions do we have to go thru in terms of native inactive participations if we want to do business in Dubai for example. It's not 30% like Malaysia. It's 51%. But all companies are there - SIA, Phillips, Chevrolet, Mecedes Benz, Nokia - you name it. Do these conditions retard their economic growth?

D_Dollah said...

I am not sure what is your stand on this current political scenario. Maybe you should observe more on the ground and surrounding - the mood is for Pakatan Rakyat to rule the federal gov't in the near future. When? As Anwar said on sunday night - when Pakatan Rakyat is comfortable with the majority in the parliment! It sounds - very, very near future. At least it gives us (those who voted for PR in the last 12-GE)hopes and dreams. Rather than No hope and No dream under BN for another 50 years from now.Perhaps just nightmares - as what happened to BN now!

Anonymous said...

It is seditious to undermine Article 153

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Dear Anon 11.24pm,

It is important not to be selective with your statement. You are wrong on Dubai. 49% ownership is only for UAE company. This is not applicable to foreign companies the names you just mentioned.

Meanwhile, read here:

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/14241

The UAE will begin allowing 100% foreign ownership of companies in certain areas of the services sector, the country’s minister of economy said on Monday (11 June 2007).

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi said that the long-awaited revised Companies Law being drawn up would open up some areas to full foreign ownership, while permitting greater foreign participation in other areas, such as the financial services sector.

"Under the new Companies Law, the UAE may allow foreigners to own 100% of companies in the services industry," she said during a press conference in Abu Dhabi.

You are not only dated but outdated as well. Perhaps it is due to your communal thinking. Yes, my friend. You are a racist.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Dear Anon 11:28pm,

We, voters, have given PR a chance but this mandate must not undermine the democratic process. Once the outcome is out, we cannot amend/change the results through the backdoors (party hopping). Such a practice will continue to breed cronyism and corruption.

No politician will jump ship without personal terms.

If PR can do well in the next 4-5 years, I will support them as the new government.

Meanwhile, it is healthy to have a two-party system to promote check-and-balance.

This is my stand, a non-partisan one.

malaysianlover said...

It's better to deal with the "devil" you know, than the "angel" you don't.

With the so called "BN devils" (as some of you called them) as our Government, I can see what our nation have achieved. People I have met during my travels around the world have high regards about us Malaysians.

With the so called "PR angels" as our Government....how sure are you?? They have 5 states to proof their worthiness. Why risk putting all your eggs in one busket...

Antares said...

Noor Aza Othman! Fancy bumping into you here :-) I love your passion, it's invigorating and upbeat, a feisty spirit and a healthy sense of true priorities. Kay Peng operates from logic and rationality, being an economist. His perceptions are processed through his left brain and they are perfectly valid - but static! Rationality is linear and continuous. However, Reality is larger than both our left and right brains can process - we have to apply a generous measure of heart wisdom to fully engage with the dynamic dance of probability events. Is there a consensual world where everyone sees and feels the same way about everything? Well, there are consensual worlds within a nonconsensual universe - and there are nonconsensual worlds within a consensual universe. In effect, what I'm saying is: dammit!
I simply cannot fathom how anybody who isn't just a computer program or an android could POSSIBLY entertain the idea of the Status Quo pre-March 8th being restored - and the evil BN continuing to misrule (that's all they know how to do, it's obvious). But, then again, how did George W. Bush manage to cheat his way into the White House TWICE - and persuade a large number of Americans that the Taliban were harboring Osama bin Laden and that Saddam Hussein was about to go on a rampage with nuclear weapons? And why are the Zionist-controlled media still promoting perpetual war against terror?

Anonymous said...

"Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi said that the long-awaited revised Companies Law being drawn up would open up some areas to full foreign ownership, while permitting greater foreign participation in other areas, such as the financial services sector."

So is Malaysia in so far as opening up certain sectors as being planned in Iskandar Region.

Article 153 is in the constitution, written in by the British appointees. Like a commentator has said, to question it now is seditious. But once you have gained control of 2/3 majority, you can change it. Use the process.

If you are a progressive, as you seem to be based on your education background, dont dont have to me names. Let us stick to facts, correct me if I am wrong.

Only a racist knows a racist.

anon 11.24

Bow said...

Mind letting us know which foreigners have high hope about current affair in Malaysia? or they are just too ignorant to know anything about Malaysia except through reading MSM and lead into believing this country is such a great nation on earth where its citizen is treated unequal based on religion and race.

Rakyat malaysia said...

DSAI i dun think he is an angel as all the politician. But as far as i am concern, he is the only one can pull all races come out in big numbers to listen to his speech. And i dun see anyone else can do that, not even our PM, TDM or Najib...
On the ground, i think he deserve to become the next PM..

Anonymous said...

Dear Malaysianlover,

"People You met during Your travels around the world would have HIGHER regards about us Malaysians" if BN were more competent to manage our nation.

Your first sentence seems to be an outdated school of thought. It appears that you are not receptive to changes or try new things. Without risk, there is no return, positive or otherwise. BUT, I am sure you don't want to take the same risk twice or worse many times, regardless of circumstances!

20 years back, cellphones and PCs could be viewed as 'angels' whilst fixed-line telephones and typewriters were 'devils' for early adopters. What is their feeling now?

Anonymous said...

Khoo Kay Peng,

Your arrogance and ignorance can be expected; you think yourself "neutral" do you? What do you expect from an economist? Or are you just a rabid MCA lover?! Just as you have so much contempt for all politicians; I'm not as stupid as that! I have contempt for many economists especially greedy capitalist idiots like you! Who claim you're neutral but prefer to maintain the status quo for the sake of not "frightening investors" despite that you know the "democracy" in this sorry nation state is a great sham! And obviously injustice don't mean a thing to you nor you know what it means! By labelling all politicians as evil as Umno, you're being hopelessly pessimistic and instead of working hard like the Pakatan politicians, where many are genuine, an their supporters to ensure that such decades of evil power and injustice in this country are defeated; you sit in your comfortable armchair and think you're so "neutrally and liberally heroic"!What a pathetic elitist attitude you have! I bet you won't risk your live and your financial security such as to be jailed like the brave Hindraf leaders under ISA or as the activists who got arrested on the "international Human Rights Day March" for defending the precious human and civil rights of freedom of speech and peaceful assembly as allowed in TRUE DEMOCRACY! I was one of the activists arrested; not about being heroic but I PREFER NOT TO REMAIN NEUTRAL IN THE FACE OF INJUSTICE!!! GOT IT??!! And I challenge you not to censor this if you believe in freedom of speech that is!

NOOR AZA OTHMAN
SOCIAL ANTHR0POLOGY GRADUATE,
MONASH UNIVERSITY, MELBOURNE.

GobloKing said...

You can tell I am no political analyst - just a layman..so here goes!

Why would I pick Anwar over UMNO?

I KNOW Umno has only managed to enriched itself fr the country - with did so with impunity and great arrogance

I know UMNO propagates the race card to divide and rule

I know there is no future for all Msians if Umno were to continue like this

Why would I pick UMNO over Anwar?

Has Anwar learnt that he must lead wisely from 6 yrs in jail? Or has he only learnt how to be vengeful?

Will Anwar lead Msia away from corruption and into true democracy, transparency and accountability?

Just from how I think, I would say for now, I TEND to want the devil I don't know to the devil I do!

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Noor Aza,

Accept your challenge I will. Like a humble Asian saying, one finger pointed out expect the other four pointed back at you.

Your reaction by attacking me personally is not going to make you any smarter than you already projected yourself to be.

My arguement is not merely for myself but for all Malaysians who wanted some peace after elections and not a failed state due to political squabbling. This madness has to end and the winners and losers must accept this as a democratic process.

You claimed that you are promoter of democracy and yet promoting defections as a way to topple BN. This is not democracy but desperation. Then, you claimed our democracy is in a sham! Yes, precisely so because of people like you who want undemocratic ways to win power. IF there is no democracy, can the PR win 5 states and the Federal Territory of KL?

I feel a sense of hopelessness reading your response, knowing that our future is going to depend on your generation.

Trying to sell your 'arrest' as a credential is cheap. It is easy to get arrested. But it more difficult to stay collected and non-bias.

You failed on both accounts: being bias and arrogant. No need for me to fear publishing your response. But I would like to remind you about the personal attacks. Your next post will be rejected on that basis. No democracy will allow for you to run someone down personally. I hope you are not wasting your time learning about the wrong democracy.

Please debate on my stand to show that you are a new breed of PR young leaders who can talk sense. I have faced many UMNO cybertroopers who spoke like you. No different.

Dare debate on issue?

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Dear Antares,

Thanks for your left and right brain bit. In a rational and logical discourse, its just that logical, rational and civil.

To suggest that an economist brain is static is the worse statement you can make. If anthropologist or historian I could understand. Economist? The world's economy works even when you and I are sleeping.

Who as asking for the status quo to be restored? For the verdict of the 12th GE to be respected, YES. If PR can win power the next GE, after a good performance, so be it.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Anon 11:24,

I said you were selective in making your statement for an obvious reason and you are doing it again here.

Opening up certain sectors in Iskandar Malaysia? Yes, only to foreign companies and limited to an area not bigger than 250 acres.

What about the rest of Malaysia? UAE is a country not a region.

Yes, you are wrong. And you are still sticking to your communalist mindset.

I don't care if the people I spoke up for are Malays, Chinese or Indians or PR or BN. Can you do the same?

Name calling? I did not call you names. I just said that you are racist.

just rakyat biasa said...

greetings,
Hi everyone pls calm down.. let's engage in a more gentle way.. ;)

But khoo, one thing i notice that ur blogs has been into a more 'soften' mode since the PRU.. not sure it is bcos of 'pressure' or i am just over sensitive...

But i hope u are not goin to turn to something like "the malaysian insider" website which i felt lean toward the current gomen, again maybe i am just sensitive.

AC said...

Looking objectively at what has happened after election, I'm of the opinion that BN has not changed much.

As for the leadership of PR, there's been a few misgivings & some fresh changes from BN's style.

Comparing the two, I would like PR to come to power now. I agree this will bring a perception of instability, it's better to have some short term pain but gain in the longer term.

With BN retaining power & the things that they're trying to do, it's more damaging. I'm not an adorer of Anwar, but he must institute some of his promises to stay in power the next time around.

Not a bad deal for Malaysia.

As for MPs defecting, I believe if it's advantageous for our country's growth. As in love & war, all is fair in politics.

Islamic state? I don't worry about it. With such a high percentage of non-Muslims in the country? If PAS doesn't talk about it, they'll lose supporters. Which means losing power.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Just Rakyat Biasa,

There is a Malay saying; sudah terjatuh ditimpa tangga...

Like Malays too, I do not hit a person continuously when he is down. This is not the right thing to do. Show me which parts of my posts are bias, I will offer you my sincerest apology.

Leaning towards the government? Which government? I hailed from Penang and live and work in Selangor. I have spoken on the same panel with both Lim Guan Eng and Khalid Ibrahim.

If you are being sensitive, it is your problem not mine :o)

Anonymous said...

to all the BN supporters and oppositions supporters...Let's all work togther..despite our difference ..to make it more stable and equal society..and most importantly more crime-free society....After reading this posts,I am frighten to see how people are so...(how do i put it,diplomatically without sparking an outrage)..i can't think of a word...I got it intense...so intense..calm down...it will not do any good....heads or tails....it is the people should decide....whatever it is..even if anwar,wins...(there will be twists and turn in the plot)I am not a BN supporter....PAS as an ally....it will push for islamic state...who know's there is a possibility PAS and UMNO joining hands?..There is old saying..when your friends deserted u...u will have go to your family...both of them are muslims..and their allies in MCA,Gerakan and MIC have done badly...let's assume..anwar is gonna capture power anytime...They will have no choice..to work with PAS..which i think PAS will agree..by working with UMNO..their goal of an islamic state will be more nearer...(this will proably not happend...just a possibilty)...Military option can also cannot be ruled out...our neigbour,thais did this many times..when the elections did not have desired outcome.....Given that Msia is a stragetic partner in war in terror...chances are USA and the west will turn a blind eye(they did in mynmar)...there is always a possibilty...I am not here to argue..proably my theory's would not materliase........I really don't think,any govt will let power slip away from their hands so easily..I am sorry,if my views had offended u

Anonymous said...

There are too many opinions and preferences…. if I may humbly point out or opine.

This is no good, that is so bad, I want this, we need that…..

How about mapping a way forward here? a way which we all can see some light at the end. can we speak as a third person looking into our current political landscape but with fair, informed and ’inside’ knowledge as apposed to believes or preference?

I’m asking yes, it’s cuz of my selfish need to learn more. I’m not saying your opinions are of no use, as it greatly increases my knowledge of the different angles of perception and thought of other people… yet lacking is the 3rd party dimension.

I’m also asking the above is cuz so many of you are analytical and intelligent yet you expose urself to preferences sometimes even unjustified preferences… and this leads to personal attack from as analytical and intelligent others…. emotions getting involve, rarely is good I think/opine….

So may I humbly suggest we all put minds together, and there is no shortage of great minds here as we can see, for our own good.

Whether you think PR should prove itself with 5 states first or it should just take over majority….. lets discuss how and why…why and how one is/can be better then the other….. which will/may work… what can/could be the likely outcome…

If you think AI should be the PM, what would be the foreseeable consequences? Succession plan pushed forward? Or would AB perform remarkably, since he now has greater impetus?

Yes they are too just opinions, but maybe we may move purposefully forward.....

Back to the more informed…..

IMHO,
Lee Eng Guan
SPM (hence my lack of informed opinion)
local government school

Anonymous said...

Mr Lee,

This is most sensible view,I ever heard so far.I am getting sick of hearing too much Pro-anwar and too-much BN...I hope opposition,use this golden apportunity,show to msians they are better then BN in terms of goverance.....instead of
being over ambitious,tempting the MP's to switch camps....can there be any reassurance they will stay with Anwar forever...If some other party were to offer more money and poltical postion..I am sure they will jump ship...This is indeed bad for malaysia...This is lead
to whole new trend of corrupted polticans gaining the upper hand...in the end,the people will not benefit....It's will be always about who gets more power,more contracts,more postions.....It's scrouge of corruption,neopotisim,cronisim...
all binded as one..thus we will be back to square one....

Anonymous said...

Anwar had made his announcment,that he will come to power as PM,before meredeka day..Given,the recent defaction of two gerekan Members to DAP camp or atleast being part of penang adminstration....The plot had just thicken....He had also given a interview on channelnewsasia (sg media),that negioations between BN defectaors can be done in HK,sg or dubai...badawi had been tight-lipped about it so far....maybe in next few days,he will issue a statement...Now the question,if anwar were to come to power...will there be smooth transition of power? or we gonna see some worst outbreak of racial
riots!...There is always possiblity...as we never ventured out from BN terroity...to explore....or Anwar is playing some mind games...so badawi adminstration would do something in a rush....thus exposing them to more public scrutiny........we will wait and see

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