Yesterday I posted Anwar Ibrahim PM in 3 years where I speculated on why Anwar Ibrahim boasted he would be PM in 3 years.
It was not so much his claim to the premiership that caught my curiosity but the weird timeline of 3 years. I asked why not 5 years in line with the next scheduled general election, or why not now if he has been repetitively claiming he has the numbers with the support of BN frogs.
Normally I would have declared his boast of successfully enlisting frogs as in his dreams as I did in Why the froggie volte-face on reformasi. Then I had mentioned that whatever he could offer the party hoppers, the BN-UMNO could do just as well. Indeed, I bet they could even double up the motivational stake.
But the unusual '3 years' did catch my eye and I had to concede I thought there could well be an iota of plausibility this time in his boast. I speculated as to whether he could have done a deal with AAB, and concluded that "… the litmus test would be the earlier declared intention by Chegubad (PKR) to challenge the result of the Rembau parliamentary election vote count."
In other words if Chegubad decides not to challenge the results as he had earlier said he would, I would be very suspicious.
However, today Malaysiakini reported a letter from Khairy Jamaluddin that on the night of 08 March 2008 There was no recount for Rembau so WTF, why would/could there then be a challenge when he had won on first count with a majority of 5746 votes.
In pukka English as would be expected of an Oxford graduate, KJ lambasted Malaysiakini for being irresponsible and mischievous in reporting something that didn't occur, as well as attributing a statement to KJ when he didn’t say such a thing, both of which made him and the EC look bad.
Well, Malaysiakini had to eat crow and apologised. However, it claimed that on election night, it was informed by PKR candidate Badrul Hisham Shaharin, yes Chegubad himself, that he (Chegubad) was told by an EC official there would be a recount. Malaysiakini reported thus.
Then, 3 days later on March 11 Chegubad repeated at a press conference that during the poll count, there was a recount (implying the first count had brought out a very slim majority).
Chegubad’s allegation of a dodgy recount was reported by not only Malaysiakini but also a number of other newspapers. Malaysiakini conceded that since then, it realised that there was no such recount.
Well, well, well. Who should then be shot for putting Malaysiakini into such an embarrassing backdown?
Chegubad or the Malaysiakini journalist or ……..?