If you read Wong Chin Huat's "To Putrajaya via Shah Alam – the maturing of Anwar Ibrahim" you may, like me, feel that this "Kajang Affair" would be one of those times when Anwar and his people has come up with a coherent strategy to move positively towards the 14th general election. With Kajang and Selangor Anwar will have a platform to perform as a CEO of Selangor - as its Menteri Besar! Fours years before the 14th GE is enough time to do this - and to do it well!
There is no doubt that Khalid Ibrahim as MB of Selangor has shown us all what an honest politician can do but honest politicians do not win election. The RM$2 billion reserves that Selangor now has can do nothing for Selangor or Selangorians sitting in the coffers of the state. That money must be utilized for the benefit of the people of Selangor in the lead up to the next general election. Now it seems, it will also be utilized to ensure that Pakatan Rakyat will have the best opportunity to fight UMNO on a level playing field.
UMNO uses the Rakyat's money to fund its more than generous electioneering activities -estimated at around RM50 billion at the last 13th general election. Pakatan Rakayat will have to see what it can do with Selangor's meagre reserves of RM$2 billion!
The question that begs to be answered is "Will Anwar Ibrahim live up to our expectations if or should be become MB of Selangor....the Selangor Sultan be dammed!
In the past Anwar has put a spanner in the best laid plan - starting from the time he was on his way to become Prime Minister of Malaysia. The only person that stood in his way to him becoming PM when he was in UMNO was Anwar Ibrahim himself. He had the numbers, he had the financials and he already had the approval of Mahathir himself to become numero uno...all he had to do was wait. He could not wait and he did not wait....and from a Hero in UMNO he became a Zero!
And now looms another battle - the 14th general election about four years away. And this is the thing with Anwar that I fear. He has already forgotten the promise he made to go away and teach should he loses the 13th general election. Now it is about the 14th general election and everything, for Anwar, is a new ball game. This is Anwar Ibrahim at this most creative - planning and strategizing for Pakatan Rakyat and PKR to win the 14th general election. So many possibilities, so many options - and best of all he has a clean slate to work with.
He may have a clean slate but we have good memories of things pasts!
For Anwar he is already past the Kajang by election and he is already MB of Selangor. Already his head is full of what he can do for Selangor, for the people of Selangor, for the Sultan of Selangor, for PKR, for his people in PKR, for Pakatan Rakyat....and of course for himself.
And herein lies the danger of Anwar getting ahead of himself. Anwar getting carried away with the grandeur of being MB and head of PKR and Pakatan Rakyat....and soon, too soon he will stumble as he had stumble when he was DPM with UMNO. Stumble as he did when PKR had its party elections. Stumble as he does when he forgets the bigger picture of why he is MB of Selangor. Let me remind Anwar that we will accept that he can become MB of Selangor for the following reasons:
- To demonstrate his ability to manage Selangor as we aspire him to do
- To be above the fray of PKR politics and do what is best for PKR and Pakatan Rakyat and not for his family, not for his cronies and certainly not for Azmin Ali.
- To be a decent, responsible and honest leader deserving of being PM of Malaysia.