Another Brick in the Wall
… Anwar was speaking about nation-building and gave an academic approach to the issue including stressing that all races must live as one happy family. Anwar did not however explain how that can be done. – Raja Petra
The Star headlined Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s talk at Parliament as his plan to “accelerate needs based policy”.
The reports by NST and Malaysiakini bore captions that read“needs based NEP and affirmative action to address inequality.” CNA was more direct to mention moving away from policies favouring Bumiputera.
The policy discourse in Malaysia had always been “needs based” versus NEP or affirmative action. Unless the term “needs based affirmative action” exists, Anwar seems clueless and is trying to please everyone.
Anwar is at the same juncture he was 13 years ago, where he was at a loss and did not know what to do. He seems to be treading the same ‘mistaken’ path and may well end up suffering disappointment.
Pak Lah assisted Anwar’s release
In 2004, Pak Lah won the general election with a landslide as BN dominated 90% of the Parliamentary seats with his new broom and Mr Nice Guy image.
He took a decision to not interfere in Anwar’s Federal Court appeal for a review of the guilty decision for his first sodomy case.
Anwar was already in Sungai Buloh prison for abuse of power. It is likely to be the offense Tun Dr Mahathir would use to send Dato Najib to the slammer, not the long list of corruption charges.
It is an offense with wide interpretations that any directive could be misconstrued as an abuse by the courts. It happens to be a conveniently written offense in the Penal Code to fix officials. It is an abuse of the law, but its legal.
Pak Lah’s refrain allowed the Federal Court review to independently decide 2-1 to release Anwar which is the reason the current PKR chief was out the year Pak Lah became PM.
UMNO was furious with the release. Subsequently, it became one of the reasons for the uprising led by Mahathir against Pak Lah. Another is the gatekeepers – Khairy Jamaludin, Kamaluddin, Kalimullah, and for fun, Kak Endon – to make it 4K.
Upon his release, Anwar left operations and went to Georgetown University, Washington to be a so-called fellow. A Malay study graduate from University Malaya holding teaching position?
After a year, he returned and it was believed he put together his political plan.