Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Handshake that Makes UMNO Tremble

Photo: Najwan Halimi Facebook
On Monday, a surreal situation unfolded. Former PM Mahathir Mohamad showed up in court for a case concerning de facto Parti Keadilan Rakyat leader Anwar Ibrahim and meeting his former political nemesis face-to-face.
Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Anwar's wife and PKR president, posted a picture of the two men shaking hands on Facebook. She wrote that it was the first meeting between the two after "18 years and three days... since Sep 3, 1998".
Anwar is Mahathir's former deputy. Currently serving a five-year sentence for sodomy, he was in court to file an interim injunction to stop Malaysia's National Security Council Act 2016 from being enforced.
The NSC Act is said to grant extensive powers to Prime Minister Najib Razak who chairs the national security council to designate any security areas and direct armed forces to conduct arrest, search and seizure without warrants.
Speculations are rife as to Mahathir’s motive. Many point the finger at Mahathir, saying he is “hijacking the opposition for his own agenda”.
My view is that this is realpolitik. Political adversaries collaborating together is normal. Isn’t this what democracy is all about?
Of course, I still believe in Pakatan Harapan. But their leadership has been found wanting.
For many Malaysians and I’m included – UMNO hegemony must be dismantled at all costs. And Malay politics must be re-defined. Only then can we start afresh.
Whether we care to admit it or not, UMNO are destroying this country.
So the sight of two political rivals Mahathir and Anwar appearing civil and even sharing a handshake is not necessarily a bad thing.
Being able to find common ground in their fight against the present UMNO potentate will surely bring their ex-UMNO Malay supporters together and make them into a combined force that is potentially strong enough to bring down Najib and UMNO.
Already these Malays have irreversibly divided the Malay vote.
Of course, UMNO are frightened. The non-stop insults thrown at Mahathir already illustrate their apprehensiveness, their anxiety, their alarm. They know not all UMNO members are stupid.
Really, if Mahathir and Anwar unite, they may just get enough Malays to switch sides – and then this country can still be saved.
Najib and UMNO have run amok. Somebody has got to stop them.
Even if that somebody is the devil himself. Mahathir.
I was in Persiaran Perdana in Bandar Sri Damansara, KL – the Sri Damansara Club, to be precise – to attend the Speecom Toastmasters meeting this evening.
I delivered an Ice Breaker – and this is my CC #36.

It is time to work on my CC manuals again – given that I have been single-minded in doing my Advanced manuals since June of this year.

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