Monday, December 13, 2010

Anwar, Najib & Wikileaks

Subjudice or not, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim should know best that politics is nearly about perception. Wikileaks suggested that Anwar had walked into a trap.

The cable that dealt with Anwar’s sodomy case was dated November 2008 and said: “The Australians said that Singapore’s intelligences services and [Singaporean elder statesman] Lee Kuan Yew have told ONA in their exchanges that opposition leader Anwar ‘did indeed commit the acts for which he is currently indicted’.”

ONA stands for Australia’s Office of National Assessments.

The document also stated the Singaporeans told ONA they made this assessment on the basis of "technical intelligence”, which was likely to relate to intercepted communications, the newspaper said.

“ONA assessed, and their Singapore counterparts concurred, ‘it was a set-up job and he probably knew that, but walked into it anyway’,” the cable states.

Similarly, Najib had been accused of playing a part in the political conspiracy to set up Anwar and destroy his political career.

Najib's own controversy with the sensational murder of a Mongolian model, Altantuya Shaaribu, may turn out to be a heavy political baggage for him. French investigation on the submarines' kickback is still ongoing. It may disclose more than what the Wikileaks did.

Anwar's lawyers were quick to dismiss the expose by Wikileaks and claimed that it may be subjudice to carry the stories. Understandably, the stories on Anwar will do more to damage his leadership at a point when Pakatan is still wobbling and recovering from the internal conflicts of PKR.

PKR leaders should know that perception is key in politics. Moreover, they had tried to link Najib to the Altantuya gruesome murder with the intention of destroying his leadership integrity.

These controversies will not do both leaders any good. At this point in time, there is no indication that Najib is going to allow the Altantuya controversy to affect his leadership. His political baggage together with other controversies will be exploited thoroughly by the opposition in the next GE.

Anwar will face the same baptism of fire in the next GE. It has come to a time for Anwar to reflect on the survival and success rate of Pakatan in the next GE. He has been a target and will continue to become a prime target. This newly minted coalition especially PKR cannot be stuck in an individual quagmire for too long. To be successful and feature prominently in the Malaysian political landscape, PKR needs to grow beyond Anwar.

As long as the party feels that Anwar is the only capable PM material, it is likely that the party will follow Anwar's downfall if his opponents succeeded in tarnishing Anwar and his credibility.

Anwar should seriously consider taking a role of an advisor and rise above his desire to become the next PM. His party should focus on moulding and promoting other younger leaders, especially those with less baggage, to be prepared to accept the leadership mantle should Pakatan wins federal power.

If Anwar is unable to lose his marksmen, he may bring the whole coalition down with him. The next battle is going to be massive, crucial and survival threatening for Pakatan. It should shed as much baggage as it could in order to be more nimble, efficient and focused.

What Anwar has achieved is already history making. His next move will determine if his legacy will be embedded in a historic event which may change the shape and face of Malaysian politics permanently.

The next battle is a battle to select a lesser devil. Next, we will talk about good governance and visionary leadership. There is still a long way for Malaysia.

We need to get rid of institutional racism, corruption and abuse of power first before we can talk about sustainable development.


Anonymous said...

Don't worry brother, as a Muslim and many outside there- the real one la! we need to work out to counter the Singaporeans wikileaks, definitely PKR has to come out with a damage control as it is all about perception, but I believe many people still have faith that no matter how they try to destroy a man dignity, if GOD say yes then it will be yes or else they can keep trying and it will fail.
So wikileaks, PM and all the power that be will not succeed and the people must keep focus that the country needs CHANGE with or without Anwar. But first must Lawan la, fight brother! and then pray to GOD.

hasilox said...

The French investigation is not a problem. Just need to pay them to build nuclear plant and everything will be sunny.

Anonymous said...

What else could be more damaging than what has already been done to him over the last ten years.
What the heck. If he is a sodomite than Najib is a murderer or an accomplice to murder.
Now which baggage is heavier.
Remember this PM can be black mailed by unfriendly governments.
Anwar's baggage, if you call it one, is a personal sexual orientation. It hurts nobody.
Wikileaks will hurt Najib more.

charleskiwi said...

Just cannot control his lust !
What kind of a potential leader and a mother of all liar it now is only a dream to take over the government.

Anonymous said...

I hope when the same info on Altuntuya comes out from Wikileaks later. you will have the same opinion on Najib as in Anwar's case. I find that Pakatan supporters tend to be selective and this time they think that Wikileaks is against Anwar and thus Wikileaks is not creditable. Remember that Anwar till now still DID NOT DENY ANY FACT from wikileaks. It is best for the Pakatan to dump Anwar as he is fast becoming a burden to our holy cause.

Anonymous said...

Wikileaks are all barks and no bite. They have caused a lot of embarassment to individuals and governments around the world. Are they trying to make all people around the world hate, suspect, mislead, blame, accuse, doubt, and malaise one another?

The world is already in a precaurious situation with environmental problems like global warming, sudden weather changes, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc. and wikileaks now punctures the moral fabric of our society.

Closer to home, the Pakatan has to get their acts together and face the coming GE- the most crucial one for the nation. The people will decide on the ruling fate of the nation very soon. So please do not lose hope on the people, nor underestimate their decision.

All we want for the nation is peace, joy, hope,and harmony sans racism, corruption, prejudice, and racial supremacy; but a nation for all Malaysians. Hope the 'presents' we are waiting for are real and good as gold.

Anonymous said...

Just ignore Anwar, he has fast to become a liability to Pakatan. Pakatan just cannot protect someone whose intention is just become PM. By dumping Anwar, Wikileaks will not be an issue.

Anonymous said...

Najib/Anwar: To choose between worse and the worst.