Monday, 5 July 2010

Anwar the Chameleon again

Much is being said about Anwar Ibrahim now probably a lot more intense then he has been used to concerning his relationship with America and also the Jews, the latest being his recent trip to Washington where Anwar reportedly apologised to "friends" for his anti semitic remarks.

When Anwar and his Pakatan pact fired salvo after salvos of innuendos and accusations against the the Malaysian Government for appointing
APCO which is a Washington based Global PR company, little did Anwar realize that he has actually quickly make more powerful and influential enemies than friends he nurtured for so long overseas. The response against Anwar Ibrahim was swift and methodological. This time he cannot complain there is a conspiracy to out him.

1. B'nai B'rith founded in 1843 and is the oldest continually operating Jewish service organization in the world, wrote a
damning letter about Anwar on 25 May 2010 to John F. Kerry and Richard G. Lugar, Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate. excerpts of the letter:

"In light of the role that Ibrahim has played in the resurgence of anti-Semitic polemics in Malaysian politics, we ask that U.S. officials suspend their ties with Anwar Ibrahim. A purveyor of anti-Jewish hatred such as Ibrahim should not enjoy the measure of legitimacy that a positive relationship with the United States would confer upon him"

After Anwar's visit to Washington and his "apology" comes these:

2. Washington Post Article by Jackson Diehl dated 28 June 2010 entitled
"Flirting with zealotry in Malaysia" the article ended with this statement "Anwar's story can also be read as a warning. His transition from pro-American democrat to anti-Israeli zealot is sobering -- and it is on the verge of becoming a trend"

3. The Washington Post article was followed by the New Ledger's Joshua Trevino dated 1 July 2010 entitled
"Anwar Ibrahim in Bad Decline"...and what a decline it has been for one who used to be the democratic darling of the West now being labelled as anti-semitic despite the apologies and regrets.

His rhetorics showing him up as an anti Jew in Malaysia and then going to Washington to apologise and regretting his actions must have confused many in Malaysia especially among those from PAS and PKR and probably even some from the DAP who are only now finding out the Anwar who says one thing to one audience and another thing to another depending on the situation. Some international news agencies seemed to have already seen the real Anwar..the Economist wrote about him in 2009 and described Anwar as Malaysia's Chameleon.

I note also that most of the western article did not touch on Anwar's conviction for obstruction of justice and abuse of power preferring to side step the story replacing it with the sodomy conviction which was overturned by the Federal Court instead. Anyway, the Attorney General in 1998 charged Anwar who was then Deputy Prime Minister, that he had asked the Police to force his accusers to retract allegations of sexual affairs against him. By doing so the AG claimed that Anwar has abused his position in Government to gain an advantage. Anwar was sentenced to six years of imprisonment on 6 April 1999 after a six months trial. (full judgement of Justice Augustine Paul in PP vs DS Anwar bin Ibrahim (No.3)(1999)2 MLJ 1)

The point is, Anwar had been convicted and had served time for abuse of power when he was Deputy Prime Minister and this is the same guy who changes his political stand and rhetoric as it suits the situation, the same guy who promised us a change of Government on 16 September 2008 which never happened by the way.
This is the same guy who wants to be our next Prime Minister of Malaysia. So, the next question is, besides the Anwaristas, do we Malaysians really want this man to become our next Prime Minister? I am one Malaysian who surely don't.

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