I believe Dr Wan Azizah has made a terrible terrible tactical mistake in her attempt to disabuse us of believing the sodomy allegations against her husband, Anwar Ibrahim.
In Malaysiakini news report Wan Azizah to file report against IGP, AG, she attempted to ‘distance’ her husband from his aide (and alleged sodomised 'victim'), 23-year-old Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
‘Distancing’ is a deliberate act to place or keep someone unsavoury or something that has gone badly wrong at a distance from or unlikely association with the person that the ‘distancing’ is supposed to protect.
Eg. Boss ordered me (just verbally) to buy a flat screen TV for office use with company funds. When the auditors subsequently questioned the office on the propriety of such a purchase, the boss 'distanced' himself from me and the purchase by saying he too was both ‘surprised and shocked’ by my 'unauthorised' purchase.
Malaysiakini reported that this morning Wan Azizah claimed Saiful was a volunteer, who joined PKR just a mere three months ago, to help the party during the general election period, and that little was known of him.
Saiful apparently is a former student leader at the Universiti Tenaga Nasional, who 'has taken photographs with a number of ministers'.
Malaysiakin reported in its update that at one stage during the press conference given by Dr Syed Husin, Wan Azizah had brandished her mobile phone to show a photo of Saiful with Najib Razak's aide in front of the DPM's office.
I personally think that's in fact counterproductive to Anwar’s case because there is also a rumour that Anwar himself has staged the sodomy allegations in a bid to cast poo on the AAB government, and to gain international attention and sympathy for him, at a time when his campaign to destabilise the government may be running out of steam (as evidenced by the two SAPP MPs experiencing a change of heart and playing hooky from taking a vote during the parliamentary debate on fuel subsidy).
How else can one explain Wan Azizah having such an incriminating photo so handily on her mobile to 'show and tell' just a day after the sodomy allegations exploded on the Malaysian scene?
More importantly, how can one explain away the ridiculousness of possessing such an incriminating photo/evidence of Saiful in such a 'cozy' photo with the 'enemy', yet allowing him to be Anwar's close aide?
Worse, Wan Azizah claimed that no background check was done on Saiful as he was just a volunteer. Yet, despite all these, Saiful later become a special assistant to Anwar. How could it happen? It sure as hell makes Wan Azizah’s explanation bloody weak and defensive.
… which has been why I believe Wan Azizah has blundered badly in attempting to distance Saiful from her husband or to insinuate that Saiful could have been an UMNO plant.
She should have left it the way Anwar had presented it in the first place, that poor Saiful must have been placed under extraordinary duress to lodge the report.
When I read this Malaysiakini report I thought to myself, Holey Moley, the Anwar camp must be panicking for Wan Azizah to come out with such a - if you don’t mind me saying this of her - really stupid assertion. It has done more harm than good to Anwar's case.
Thus, I wasn’t entirely surprised when I subsequently read that Anwar Ibrahim has sought refuge in the Turkish Embassy since early this morning, as reported by Malaysiakini in its article PKR fears Anwar an assassination target.
PKR deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali said Anwar Ibrahim has received threats to his life and is currently holed up at the Turkish embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Syed Husin claimed the threat has been to silence Anwar for good, not just politically but physically.
All very high drama, but which I believe could well be an Anwar Ibrahim’s counter attack against what he must have sensed or perceived to be coming next from his foes. It also helps to draw international attention to his 'plight'. It provides his campaign against the government with much needed renewed momentum.
I have a bad feeling that the Saiful issue may have damaging … I hesitate to use the word … evidence, but obviously Anwar has anticipated the worst, and has ratcheted up the ante.
There have been so much bullsh*t flung around by both sides that our normal olfactory senses would have been zonked out of service by the putrid stench. I don't trust both sides and will adopt a cautious neutral 'wait & see' attitude, until more facts are available.