The BBC news screamed out Malaysia's deputy prime minister has broken his silence over attempts to link him to a gruesome murder. It continued “Najib Razak has denied having any connection with the killing, and says he never met the murdered woman, Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.”
If a newspaper like the BBC could carry such a scandalous piece of unsubstantiated news, what do you think would be in the minds of ordinary folks in the kampongs – and never mind Ijok.
Thanks to a suave, smooth, smart, sophisticated, sweet and (media/politics) savvy Anwar Ibrahim, Najib Razak is now, in many people's eyes, guilty until proven innocent.
PKR supporters (including some blogger friends) have written in to criticise my several postings against the tactics of Anwar Ibrahim. Their messages to me ranged from the abusive to those who attempted to split hairs by saying Anwar only asked Najib to explain, to some who expressed surprise that I, KTemoc, known for bashing the BN, would even defend a bloke like Najib.
But the effect, the desired outcome, of dirtying the reputation of Najib Razak has already been achieved.
As a blogger who has sympathies for the opposition - though I admit I am suspicious of Anwar Ibrahim because I have never considered him to be just ‘suave, smooth, smart, sophisticated, sweet (good lord, oh no) and (media/politics) savvy’, but also slimy, which may explain why I've tepid feelings for PKR, but may I just say how much I admire and respect Dr Syed Husin – I’ve found myself actually shifting my sympathies towards Najib since the scurrilous attacks on him started in concert.
The by-election in Ijok has been touted as an Anwar Ibrahim versus Najib Razak battle rather than a PKR (Khalid Ibrahim) versus BN (Parthiban) contest.
Apart from the handy and convenient but disgraceful Mongolian poo available for throwing, Anwar Ibrahim and his inner circle of strategists saw mileage in the repulsive tactics – and the way I see it, it’s more of political mileage for Anwar Ibrahim rather than Khalid Ibrahim or PKR. If the latter two picked up collateral benefits, well they’re lucky.
I’ll continue this piece tonight. Bread and butter issues await, unlike for the Chosen. But as you are aware that KTemoc fancies poems, here’s one by Yeats. It’s only a portion of his poem that I’m posting here. Enjoy till this evening:
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?