Based on news report from Malaysiakini and Star Online
From Malaysiakini we get An evening with Anwar Ibrahim.
The article’s author, Baradan Kuppusamy, seems to be a free-lance journalist because he had also written Anwar reinvents himself again in the Star Online, which naturally ;-) I blogged on in Gerakan Party reinventing, Anwar Ibrahim reinvented.
Anyway, Baradan said of that evening that (just extracts that I have inserted roman numerals to its 3 paragraphs for easier reference when I comment on his points):
(i) It is incredible that with just one seat in the dissolved parliament and himself not a candidate, Anwar Ibrahim can tell voters in his campaign rallies that "after we win on March 8, I will reduce the price of petrol."
(ii) But in the Kuala Lumpur’s constituencies of Wangsa Maju, Bandar Tun Razak and Lembah Pantai, Anwar drew loud cheers and applause. "Who says petrol price cannot be reduced. I was finance minister for eight years, I never raised petrol price."
(iii) For this promise to be taken seriously, the combined DAP-PKR-PAS opposition must win government on polling day - which is near impossible - then appoints Anwar as senator and names him the new prime minister.
kaytee’s comments ;-) on Baradan's respective paragraphs:
(i) Well … ;-) ... look, I didn’t utter a word, OK? Ha ha ha ha ha!
(ii) Can I paraphrase the de facto leader's words as "Who says Islamisation in Malaysia cannot be reduced. Tunku was PM for 12 years, he never raised the issue of an Islamic Malaysia."
Essentially, his claim is cheap especially when it’s totally without context (of time and world’s oil prices), but then that’s Anwar Ibrahim.
Anyway, he wasn't all that hot as a Finance Minister. Someone told me that as Malaysia's Financial Supremo he nearly took us down the IMF path during the Asian meltdown. So I decided to google on other people's views and came up with:
(1) The Loft’s Anwar Ibrahim and Al Gore's Racist Assault On Malaysia
(2) Peter Symonds’ article What Anwar Ibrahim means by 'reformasi' in Malaysia and
(3) Reasons to doubt Anwar Ibrahim
I am not going to comment on those ;-)
(iii) Baradan has been wrong to suggest that if the Opposition were to win, Anwar Ibrahim can become the PM by being appointed a senator. While a senator can be a cabinet minister, he/she cannot be the PM, who must only be from the Dewan Rakyat!
The Malaysian Constitution doesn't allow for any 'de facto' Ahli Parliamen Dewan Rakyat ;-)
And since the Opposition are realistically aiming to just break the BN's 2/3 majority rather than win the election as Anwar would have his audience believe, can the de facto leader of PKR still aspire to the PM's position?
The answer, regrettably for me [my rights to so regret ;-) ] is 'YES'! ........ but how?
If there are 222 parliamentary seats and the Opposition combined wins 75, the BN will be denied its 2/3 majority.
Now, if Anwar's 'inner group' PKR candidates (wife, daughter, or the mob from his former UMNO faction) just wins one, it will be sufficient for him to horse trade his way back into UMNO. Given his belief in his own intellectualism ;-), supreme cleverness and oratorical powers (I concede to him only the 3rd) he reckons he'll be PM in less time that it takes to spell 'oil price'.
Supposing if that were to come about, i.e. the Opposition winning 75 seats, the greatest blow to him would be a PAS or even DAP or one of the Sabah/Sarawak opposition elected MPs walking across to the BN, rendering him redundant to AAB. As the Muslims would exclaim on such a fate, Allah Akhbar!
From Malaysiakini news report - BN lambasted for racial campaign in Klang
Well Known NGO social activist and now DAP’s candidate for the Klang parliamentary seat, Charles Santiago, is livid with rage at his opponent, MCA’s Ch’ng Toh Eng, for unscrupulously playing the racial card.
Apparently, Ch’ng has been very naughty in telling the Klang Chinese voters to cast ‘Chinese votes for Chinese’. That's really racist and unacceptable!
Santiago said the obvious: “Those who used the race card are a bankrupt politician.”
* that quoted statement by the Malaysiakini reporter is really bad English - see if you can spot it
He informed the crowd that as a social activist he has served marginalized people of all races, including indigenous people like the Kadazans and Ibans.
I wouldn’t worry if I were you, Charles, for 2 reasons: (1) you’re right, the MCA is running scared as to sink so low in invoking racist appeal, and (2) the DAP is still a damn reputable brand that transcends racial barrier – look at and be encouraged by the examples of Kulasegaran, Karpal Singh, and previous DAP leaders such as Devan Nair, Peter Dason, etc, who were all voted into patliament in Chinese-majority constituencies.
Did Wong Chun Wai notice that his Sunday column Into the second half of the fray appeared under the byline of Wong Chun Hai. Man, this IS after all the acting GEIC of the Star.
Hmmm, so excuse my pun if I say that currently he seems to be all at 'sea' or 'Hai, which luckily for him, I've translated from Penang Hokkien and not Cantonese ;-). Must have been due to the stress of ensuring the Star spin factory works overtime.
In his column Wong claimed the DAP has cleverly played on and to the emotions of Penang voters by hammering away at UMNO and its keris-happy leaders while ignoring benefits to the Chinese community from the government’s pre-polls increased funding of Chinese schools, which Wong credited to the effort of the MCA.
Pre-poll allocation lah, Wong – that’s why no one has appreciated that. And may I comment on that in Penang Hokkien – KNN, boay pang sai balu kar lai cheet haw yar kong ay ch’ooi.
If the DAP has been cleverly playing on Chinese emotions, so has Wong too!
He subtly advised Chinese voters (those who can read English) that the DAP’s supposed hammering of UMNO has instead placed the MCA in its rocket gun sight. He then expressed his concerns that, if the Chinese pulverise MCA as egged on by DAP, the Chinese voters could end up with Chinese power within the ‘rotten’ system eroded – OK, Wong didn’t say ‘rotten system’, I did ;-)
Wong added a bit of tau yew in stating, or indicating the dire contrasting outcome with UMNO in that “the Malay votes, on the other hand, are likely to be solidly behind Umno.”
He made the same appeal for Chinese considerations not only in Penang but also to the Chinese voters in Perak, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
Then, his final point ominously reminded Chinese that they’re like the Indian population, a shrinking smaller group (6 million) in a sea of 25 million population.
In other words, if I read between his lines would I be incorrect in reckoning (my personal deduction) that Wong is saying to the Chinese, “if you don’t want to be like the marginalised Indians, better vote for the MCA and ;-) ha ha ha ha ha, if you really have to, the Gerakan).”!
No wonder as a Xaverian, the Star GEIC has been exercising his alma mater’s motto of ‘Labor Omnia Vincit’ (hardwork conquers all).