Not surprisingly, Anwar Ibrahim has jumped on the anti-LKY bandwagon. While Anwar in his PKR topi has in recent times made gestures of a more equitable approach to Malaysia’s multi-racial community, unlike DAP’s Lim Guan Eng, he wasn’t quite prepared yet to agree with LKY’s assertion that the non-Malays in Malaysia have been marginalised.
Instead, he lambasted LKY for his (LKY) outdated racist mentality. We need to understand Anwar still needs to jaga (look out for) his 6 o’clock, namely his own Malay constituency. Fair enough.
He criticised LKY for never showing concern for the bumiputera and Indians who are in dire need of help. He said LKY could only see the problems faced by the Chinese abroad but not the woes of the Malays in Singapore who have complained about being marginalised and left behind.
The reality is LKY doesn't care a shit for the Chinese Malaysians. He said what he said purely for Singapore's interests.
Now this is the best part.
Anwar acknowledged that LKY is an enviable statesman, but said the Singaporean’s record is tainted by disallowing freedom of expression and political dissidence.
I agree with Anwar on his criticism of LKY but I ask: should Anwar be the person to criticise LKY for 'disallowing freedom of expression and political dissidence'?
I ask because in 1996, Anwar Ibrahim, then deputy president of UMNO and head of its disciplinary board expelled Abd Zarin Mohd Yassin from UMNO.
And for what reason?
Yes, mate, Abd Zarin Mohd Yassin was expelled from UMNO by Anwar Ibrahim for criticising Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership.
As I had asked: should Anwar be the person to criticise LKY for 'disallowing freedom of expression and political dissidence'?