Saturday, October 31, 2020

Najib’s support for Anwar: No permanent foes in politics

MM Online (extracts):

Najib’s support for Anwar: No permanent foes in politics, it's all strategy for survival, say analysts

Universiti Sains Malaysia's Prof Sivamurugan Pandian said Najib’s proposal has already somehow affected Anwar’s relationship with his DAP allies.

He said the Port Dickson MP is a strategist who has made unlikely parties into allies in the past.

He recalled how Anwar who was leading the now-defunct Pakatan Rakyat, got DAP to work alongside Islamist party PAS.

“This is because they have been consistent about not working with Umno. In fact, some leaders questioned why Anwar wants to work with Umno.

“But Anwar himself is a strategist who managed to bring DAP and PKR to work with PAS and later with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia. Although Najib knows many will not accept his suggestion which was rejected by Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein and Khairy Jamaluddin earlier, he still brought it to the drawing board,” he said.

Anwar had on September 23 claimed that he had enough support from MPs in the Dewan Rakyat to form a new government, although he did not disclose who these MPs were at the time.

Anwar subsequently had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on October 13 to discuss the matter, details of which he has also declined to reveal to the public.

Universiti Putra Malaysia's Prof Jayum A. Jawan also concurred that the move by Najib is a strategy, adding that it is a mere matter of offers and counteroffers between individuals and political parties.

“This is to strike out a coalition, due to the political instability resulting from a lack of an absolute majority or dominance by any single party.

“This possible changing in the coalition will dominate Malaysian politics till the next general election,” he told Malay Mail.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia's Prof Mazlan Ali said co-operation between PKR and Umno can possibly work out.

“I see Anwar as someone who is pragmatic, who can adapt to any situation that arises. So when Najib makes this offer, it is something to be deeply considered by Umno's leadership.

“This is especially when they are reviewing whether to still be a part of PN and its attendant benefits as part of the government. However, the long-term survival of Umno is under threat, so long as they remain a part of PN,” he said.

The recent Sabah state election is a good indicator of this, Mazlan said. He explained that it clearly demonstrated that Umno and Bersatu are rivals for the same constituents and segments of the population.

“Umno lost power in Sabah to Bersatu, so it is not altogether impossible that they could end up losing power in the peninsula as well someday. So now, they are considering other alternatives.

“PKR's primary appeal is due to it being a predominantly urban-based party, which is safe since there is no conflict or as little as possible for Umno, whose main base of support is the Malay heartland,” he said.

As for DAP, Mazlan said the party has once claimed it is willing to work with anyone for the sake of the country. In the event of a PKR-Umno co-operation, he believes they will support Anwar in forming the new government but take no part in it themselves.

“In my view, DAP tends to stick to their guns and be firm in their principles, so they will not co-operate with Umno but continue to support PKR.

“This is not the first time DAP has displayed political flexibility. In 1987, at the height of the spat between Dr Mahathir and Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, DAP gave some measure of support to Razaleigh's Parti Melayu Semangat 46,” he said.

Similarly, Mazlan does not believe that Anwar will simply abandon DAP, and vice-versa, due to old ties.

“Admittedly, if PKR chooses to co-operate with Umno, there will be a backlash. But it is likely that should Anwar become prime minister, he will implement reforms which over time will bring more support than what was lost, in addition to further support from other parties,” he said.


  1. no worry, if dap can cleanse conman, no problem at all any other pencuri, perombak, penyamun n peculik.

    1. You forgot pembodek.....Wee KHAT Siong/MCA

  2. Jibby now wanting to fren fren not only with Anwar but also Toonsie. Even went to the extent of defending Toonsie’s anti-France twits.

    How about fren fren with the Lim’s and DAP? Or will that always be a Step Too Far?

    Ha ha ha....even Guanee is reaching out to the Twit of a Twat FM, offering support and giving suggestions, obeying the Agong’s titah to support the Budget. From proudly declaring his MoF will be non-political, this Budget will be the most political ever, with all parties wanting a slice, for supporting its passage (and Yiddin’s survival).

    Stupid Twat. Go On, We Want GST, the fairest and most efficient taxation system ever.......ha ha ha....

  3. No permanent foes in politics? Notorious indeed; just like prostitution - as long as both parties got what they want.

  4. Anwar will never get to be the PM.

    Like he did previously, he again jumped the gun to announce he has the numbers to form the government.

    For a long time politician, I thought this was again a rookie mistake.

  5. Anwar didn't learn anything from past, and as usual he showed up his cards, which he supposed to keep close to his heart.
    Jib is always available for services as he wants to stay in news or he will be lost, as concerns shown by his party members.