Malaysiakini - Ezam shows letter, Anwar says 'So what?'
Surrounding politicians and trailing them to their graves (we’ll all end up there too) are their bitter enemies and their bitterness.
It was well known that Tunku was bitter towards Tun Razak, Najib’s dad, whilst Mahathir too has his bitter feelings towards AAB.
And of course the late Gaafar Baba must have been bitter towards Anwar Ibrahim, then a young upstart who humiliated him by ousting him from the deputy presidency of UMNO.
Anwar Ibrahim … well, it’s hardly classified information that he has been and is of course bitter towards Mahathir who sacked and denied him his dreams of ascending to the highest political position in the country, and on the eve of his succession of Mahathir.
Who was right, who was wrong – only Allah swt knows – yes, not even those antagonists because they (those still alive) will see the others as the respective party which has wronged them.
Former right hand man of Anwar Ibrahim, Ezam Mohd Noor, faithfully followed Anwar out of UMNO when his boss was sacked from the party in 1998. Then Ezam was jailed under the ISA and OSA, perhaps for his persistence in supporting an outcast Anwar Ibrahim.
Hate hath no fury like a woman scorned, the saying goes – but in the Anwar-Ezam relationship we need to replace ‘woman’ with 'confidante’.
It was reported that right hand man Ezam left PKR with a huff and apuff because he was chagrined by Anwar’s left hand man Azmin Ali for that bloke's alleged control over Anwar Ibrahim.
Since then, Ezam had rejoined UMNO and campaigned against Anwar in particular.
Yesterday , as reported by Malaysiakini, Ezam revealed a letter written by Anwar to Dr Mahathir after the former DPM was booted out.
And (I haven’t changed the paragraph as penned Andrew Ong of Malaysiakini) Ezam read out the entire letter which began with Anwar seeking for ‘space' to fight against a ‘conspiracy' against him and also sought Mahathir's protection for his family.
Anwar wrote: "Myself and (Dr Wan) Azizah (Wan Ismail) do not forget the love, mentoring and opportunities that you have given us. Even though our relationship is strained, I cannot forget your deeds."
Anwar dismissed the letter as nothing, saying what’s wrong with him wanting to make peace with anyone. Ezam countered that it is a reflection on the hypocritical nature of Anwar. Did Ezam mean that Anwar would do anything to remain in power, even re-bodeking Mahathir?
Of course Anwar had been correct in acknowledging that Mahathir had bestowed upon his former political heir much love, mentoring and opportunities, but …
Now what did I say about "Hell hath no fury ….."?
Please read my earlier post The Master & The Disciple.
Well, I heard another story like Ezam’s … but not as far back as 1998. In fact it was as recent as 2007. But in this story, the principal parties, Anwar and Dr Mahathir were not directly involved.
2007 meant that it was obviously before the 08 March 2008 political tsunami, so we need to put the story in context.
It seems that a person who claimed to be an emissary of Anwar approached another person who knew Dr Mahathir quite well, asking whether Anwar could meet up with Dr Mahathir.
But as I said: "Hell hath no fury ….."!
If that futile attempt to re-establish contact with someone publicly denounced as an enemy was true, it seems, at least on the surface, to fortify whatever Ezam has been trying to achieve.