The first tier leaders within PKR are now readying themselves for a ‘THEM’ vs ‘US’ day of reckoning. There is a ‘If you are not with us then you are against us’ mentality that permeates all aspects of PKR politics. There is no room for dissent or arguments. And they are all bunkering down into a siege mentality - the mentality that will close PKR to all but the faithful. The faithful within PKR whose loyalty to the party is unconditional. A mind set that inhibits alternative points of view. This is the flaw within PKR that will make it stumble even as it begins to walk.
No it is not me going PKR bashing again! Be rest assured that my bashing of UMNO and Barisan Nasional is more relentless and sustained. What I do not want PKR to be are the debris of history - leaving nothing tangible that could help our people and our nation to survive UMNO and Barisan Nasional.
This is what I wrote of Anwar on the 22nd of February in 2009 – almost three years ago. Nothing much has change – not Anwar and certainly not my opinion of him!
But what will haunt Anwar will be this: Too many friends and allies have now become his nemesis. Anwar listens but does not hear. He looks but does not see. What now Anwar?
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2009
ANWAR cukup lah. I do not profess to talk on behalf of our batch – no that would be too presumptuous of me – but I did remember vaguely in some conversation a long long time ago with some of our friends – that we did say that when we think that you have strayed too much off the beaten track, we, as your MCKK batch mates, will take you by the hand (or balls – whichever you prefer) and tell you “Cukup Lah”. I think that point has been breached a number of times – but no affirmative action was taken by any of us. Whether they are not bothered, or simply are leaving you to your own devices is to be debated but I will not wait any longer.
What will it take for you to put politics aside and put the interest of the Rakyat and our country first before self. Did you not learn from what happened under Mahathir? You whipped up the people into a frenzy with your rhetoric’s – and then what? The country was pulled apart by forces loyal to you and forces loyal to the Government. For what? What did it achieve? Now it is happening again. And when all is done what then? You will not be PM because like Najib, your past will catch up with you. If you cannot be king then be the Kingmaker. But do it in a statesmanlike manner, gracious and with responsibility and accountability to the people – and if you do it that way you can be assured that the people will be with you. They are looking towards you because, as I have said much earlier, you are the most capable by default when you look at what is now available – Najib, Pak Lah…etc. But it has been quite sometime since the last election when the people DID give you a mandate to act on their behalf but instead until now you and your Pakatan Rakyat are embroiled in playing politics and posturing to promote yours and their own personal interest. Since you came back on the political scenario I had yet to see you do one meaningful gesture that would indicate to me that you deserve to be leading the country in this renewal process. No Anwar you have not done anything without regard to self – always it is to advance your cause – personal or political – at one time you all had the Rakyat swept on a tide of hope and belief in your ability to deliver what was required to keep those politicians bastards honest. You failed to deliver.
Now what? You are wearing your welcome a bit too thinly. We have had enough of your posturing and your gift of the gab. Stop and think and think hard where you should go from here. Speak to your real friends – those that can speak with you without fear or favor – and let them tell you things you should hear – not what you want to hear. Do it soon before you fall again. If this seems a bit too harsh then think of the times you spent in jail – you do not want to go there again !! You are too old to withstand the physical aspect of being put in jail again…and you know damm well that that is where you will find yourself if you do not deliver the expectations of the people in being their king…and if you cannot be their king…then be the king maker.