Malaysiakini reported that Anwar (is) moving toward forming new gov't
How will he do that, with only 82 seats in a Parliament of 222 representatives?
On Sunday I posted RM 90 million leap to a dream ... feast?, a sorry tale of frog hunting over in Sabah and Sarawak.
The story I heard was that MPs there could be ‘bought over’ for RM3 mil per.
As the PKR-led coalition has 82 seats all it needs is another 30, to give it a simple majority. More practically 32 would be desirable, with one to be the (supposedly) neutral speaker and one spare in case someone croaks (excuse the froggie pun).
Well, none other than de facto opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim himself announced to the foreign press today he was moving towards forming a new government with the help of defectors from the ruling coalition. Of course according to him, it’s those Sabah/Sarawak MPs who had contacted him to discuss switching sides. ;-)
'Defectors?' I call them frogs but if you like to be more derisive, toads with warts and all.
He announced: "I don't know how soon we can form the new government but we are moving in that direction."
When I raised this possibility in RM 90 million leap to a dream ... feast?, some readers expressed their disapproval stating the essense of the PKR-DAP-PAS alliance was about being 'adil' or fair. They didn't want lompat-ish slimy frogs greedy for thirty pieces of silver.
Reader Gan, a known devotee of the new alliance, said the end doesn't justify the means and he (or she?) doesn't want to start the new Malaysia tainted with easily bought slime bags.
Well, I wonder whether Anwar Ibrahim shares his ardent supporters' sense of high morality? ;-)
This is what blogger kickdefella (supposedly a PAS bloke) has to say about Anwar’s backdoor stab at the PM’s post:
"Sources from BN and PKR are now agreeable that the loose coalition of the opposition front already have 30 MPs ready to join them. While BN [has] already identified those 30 MPs ..... sources from PKR ... remain silent ..."
"The majority of the people have chosen not to give a 2/3 majority to BN anymore. Nevertheless, they are not ready to give the government to the opposition just yet. Anwar Ibrahim however is not willing to wait for another four to five years."
"He is ready to use all the back doors to turn the table and to form the next government. Anwar’s supporters are understandably delighted with this prospect. However, those who have given their protest votes to the opposition are beginning to worry."
"Those who voted the opposition out of protest against BN believed that it is better for the opposition to use this term to try to neutralise these protest votes and turn them into votes of support in PRU13."
"They felt very much betrayed to know that Anwar is trying to legitimise their protest votes as [a] sign of acceptance for Anwar to be the next PM in these next couple of months."
"While Anwar’s supporters believed that Anwar deserved to be the next PM, because of all the hard work and misery he had to go through, this alone is not a ... democratic way of giving the Premiership to Anwar."
"The majority has chose[n] to retain BN in power with lesser control in the parliament, period."
Exactly what the readers to my blog had felt too.
OK, assuming Anwar goes ahead and gets his 32 kataks, will the PKR-DAP-PAS alliance still hold?
What will Nik Aziz think of Anwar’s shortcut to power? What will Lim Snr and Jnr feel about a PM Anwar Ibrahim who really didn’t win the people’s mandate to form government? More importantly, what will PAS and DAP do? Will they pull the rug out from under Anwar’s feet.
Remember, DAP and PAS together hold 51 seats. These are two parties, supposedly diametrically opposite to each other in ideology, who yet share similar values of integrity and decency.
Will they be prepared to condone the perversion of true democratic principles, process and values by accepting into their fold, unconscionable people’s representatives who would be willing to betray their voters for an alleged 30 pieces of silver?
Kickdefella also wondered about Anwar’s contrasting treatment of AAB-KJ versus Najib – light on his attack against the former while full bore against the latter. Something that's not new, and certainly noticed by many bloggers.
… which makes me wonder whether there is a deal somewhere, considering in recent days AAB looks strangely relaxed while Najib seemed subdued (and also was missing when AAB announced his cabinet lineup).
Kickdefella proposed the following:
"But, if Anwar still prefers to use the backdoor to snatch the government from the choice of the majority, than, BN will have to defend it by revealing everything they have about Anwar."
"Yes, we heard a lot about Anwar but we [have] yet to see the [proof]. At this critical moment in the history of Malaysia, the majority need to know everything if actually there is anything at all."
If kickdefella is a PAS bloke with very close connection to Husam Musa, does his post, actually more like a kaytee-ish anti AI rant ;-), signal PAS unease with Anwar Ibrahim’s wheeling and dealing with Gurun-ish denizens?