Two and one-half weeks ago Malaysiakini published the news that Azmin Ali, Anwar Ibrahim’s right hand man, declared BN MPs ready to cross.
And not only that, Azmin Ali claimed: “It was out of our expectation. We only need 30 more seats, but the response is so overwhelming now, 30 seats are the minimum (we can get).”
… to which I exclaimed in my post Why the froggie volte-face on reformasi: “Holy Gurun – kurang kurang tiga puluh katak!”
However, when pressed for details, Azmin Ali was coy about which party those katak-puru are from. Instead he said that PKR will make further announcement at a right time.
Now bear this in mind, Azmin Ali had declared there were more than the minimum 30 BN MPs required who were prepared to jump ship.
Then Anwar Ibrahim said subsequently that he wasn’t in a rush as he wants more than a majority of two or three before he takes over the government. I blogged on this in What are the odds for PM-wannabe Anwar Ibrahim?
I found Anwar’s 'man man lai' (slow & steady) approach to be illogical for a variety of reasons, which I enumerated in that post. I had also agreed with PBS deputy president Dr Maximus Ongkili’s accusation of Anwar wanting to destabilise the Government by the latter’s repetitive claims of having the numbers to form a majority government
I wrote that I believed Anwar had been hopeful that by beating the BN bush to startle the partridges, they may panic and fly out, metamorphosing into frogs, and hopefully with a snowballing effect.
Lots of ‘hopeful’ aspirations.
Yesterday Malaysiakini reported Azmin Ali reiterating his earlier boast. He was responding to political analysts, Ong Kian Ming and Oon Yeoh, who argued that Anwar’s claim was more of an astute strategic bluff to increase the internal disunity within the BN parties - basically agreeing with kaytee.
Azmin said his de facto leader wasn’t bluffing. Azmin claimed to actually have the 'facts and figures', that is, the necessary numbers the de facto leader requires to form the next federal government by Sept 16 this year.
But when asked on the ‘facts and figures’ to back his claim, Azmin switched to his coy mode by replying meaninglessly: “As you are aware, we need a minimum 30 more seats (to get the simple majority), so we work along that basis.”
... signalling he probably has buggerall so-called 'facts and figures'. I am going to vote him top tap dancer of the world.
Look at the following Azmin Ali’s claims:
(1) "Based on facts and figures", but then f* all to show
(2) "The response is so overwhelming now, 30 seats are the minimum", but then, Anwar needs more than a majority of 2 to 3. Why wait until the majority is more than two to three, unless you have no majority in the first place.
It's better if Azmin Ali ceases from undermining his own crediility at such an early stage of the PKR's post election euphoria. You won't catch Lim Guan Eng bullsh*tting in such a blatant way - but then of course poor Lim Guan Eng has more discerning DAP members to deal with ;-)