Monday, September 17, 2018

Anwar Ibrahim's Port Dickson Gambit

It's confirmed. Anwar Ibrahim (left) makes his move and Pakatan Harapan are giving him full support.

Parti Amanah vice-president, Mahfuz Omar said Friday everybody in Pakatan Harapan must respect the decision of PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim to contest the Port Dickson parliamentary seat.

I guess in the spirit of comradeship and politics, I’m not that surprised that PH members are supportive of Anwar’s gambit. 

(Interestingly, PM Mahathir Mohamad said he has no opinion on the said decision). 

Still, I DISAGREE! 

The Port Dickson MP (or rather ex MP since he has submitted his resignation) Danyal Balagopal Abdullah was a first term MP and more importantly, he was only just into his first term as MP. 

Having joined GE14 and secured victory for PH and then quit – to conveniently make way for Anwar – is so wrong. 

Pakatan Harapan talk continuously about serving the rakyat – and yet, PKR purposely triggered a by-election. This is politicking, no matter how you look at it. Meaning, Anwar and PKR are mocking the election process and insulting Malaysian voters who had exercised their constitutional right in GE14. 

We already have had three by-elections – and voter fatigue is evident. A fourth by-election – precipitated for no other reason than politics – is rash, ill-advised and gratuitous. 

Anwar said time and time again he is in no hurry to become PM or even to re-enter politics – yet only 119 days after his royal pardon, the Port Dickson maneuver was initiated. 

Surely, this is an impatient and insecure person who wants to quickly safeguard his position – in spite of the fact that it has already been pre-determined that he will succeed Mahathir as prime minister. 

We tolerated when the Permatang Pauh by-election was engineered by PKR. Then came the Kajang move and again, we bit our tongues. And now the Port Dickson move. 

I don’t know about other Malaysian voters – but I’m upset. 

What is Anwar and PKR trying to prove? 

Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (right) who is Pandan MP had already made it clear she has no intention to give up her parliamentary seat for hubby Anwar nor even resign her Deputy Prime Minister’s post (The Star, August 07, 2018). 

“Definitely not (stepping down)”, she said firmly. 

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar (left) had also said she has no intention to relinquish her Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat for her father, Anwar (New Straits Times, August 06, 2018). 

It’s not that they don’t want to – but they know if any one of them gives way to Anwar, their political careers may well be over. 

I say it here. Malaysian voters should not be made pawns in PKR's political gamesmanship.

This brings me to Danyal Balagopal Abdullah (left)

He has now shown to Malaysians that he is a man who is feckless, untrustworthy and irresponsible. He gladly submits himself to Anwar. His loyalty is to the man, not to the people of Malaysia. 

I had hoped Anwar had shown greater patience and waited perhaps, a year, before he makes his move. 

But now, the Prime Minister-in-waiting merely proves to us that he is not only unwilling to wait but that he is a manipulative politician.

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