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Is Anwar Ibrahim @ Pak Non still relevant?

It has been more than two decades since the reformation movement was started in this country. September 1998 after Anwar Ibrahim, who at that time was the Deputy Prime Minister, was fired by the then Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad. Today, in 2020, the reformation movement is still very much in existence as active political player in Malaysia.
Reformation rang loudly around the country and resistance against the Barisan Nasional government headed by Che Det at that time became a new movement of the rakyat which was portrayed by riots, street protests, vandalism and multiple other acts of hate or protests by many Malaysians especially the supporter of Pak Non.
In the beginning, the movement is mainly to push Che Det to resign as Malaysia’s Prime Minister, and accusations of cronyism, corruption, dictatorship and tyranny leader were called out during the protests. Weeks after weeks thousands of rakyat especially in Kuala Lumpur gathered and protested. The authority would then try to disperse them by firing tear gas, and some sort of toxic water have reportedly been fired at them as well. The protesters were reportedly been hunted like stray dogs, beaten, pushed, kicked, hand-cuffed and carried away with their eyes closed to locations only the police know. In fact, some of the supporters claimed to have been threatened and heavily warned during interrogation in police custody. All these were for the sake of defending one right hand top government leader who was supposedly been framed by his own boss, in this case the number one.
The author Otai Media who at that time was working with a news publishing company had unfortunate experience covering the story. Damage to camera equipment worth thousand of ringgit as it fell in the chaos when the throng of protesters ran from the police, also the skin irritation caused by the yellow or red water cannons or the pain and difficulty in breathing due to the tear gas were forever etched in memory. All these were used by the police trying to break the mob of obsessed protestors chanting reformation on the streets of Kuala Lumpur.
Many seem to forget the reckless but very determined power-hungry Pak Non, especially among the avid supporters, how he, at that time was the Finance Minister, if not stopped would gladly hand over Malaysia on a plate to IMF during the financial crisis of 1998. Pak Non was on the brink of accepting offer by his so-called friends the IMF then President James Wolfensohn and Director Michel Camdessus. Should Che Det not kicked him out of the chair, Malaysia would have been bound to fall into IMF’s trap and our economy would for many years tied to the International Monetary Fund.
Professor Datuk Dr Sidek Baba, one of Pak Non’s close friend and strong supporter of more than 30 years once said, “Anwar is one very slick and cunning leader. To know is to love, but if you don’t know the person, you will not love him. And that’s when you will see the real him with all the darkside”.
Sidek wanted “Malaysia to be ruled by leaders with integrity, but when we chose shady character as our frontman, we are exposing ourselves to blackmail and trickery especially coming from the many power blocks of the world. Also from the opposition. So I believe a lot of people realize what is going on. But don’t have enough guts to say it to public for various reasons”.
Also don’t forget the many reformation early strong supporters who have left Pak Non, such as Chandra Muzaffar, S. Nalla Karuppan, Anuar Shaari, Zahrain Mohd Hashim, Zainur Zakaria, Ruslan Kassim, Nell Onn, Marina Yussuf and many others. You can’t help but wonder, why? Were they coerced or left due to better clarity of what they are supporting?
Pak Non appears impatient and has no specific mission other than an obsession to have power and being the number one. A strong political actor, excellent debater with strong communication skill, but for more than 20 years of leading the major left-wing party you couldn’t help but wonder what is his major accomplishment? What has he done to bring down the dinosaur age-old government? His team appears cracking as time goes by, and it did crack and split post 15th GE.
Hishamuddin Rais during a 1997 interview with Chief Editor of Time Magazine Asia vehemently said, staking his mother’s house in Jelebu in answer of John Colmey question, “Anwar will not be the next Prime Minister. Period.”
The Rakyat could also judge Pak Non during PH tenure, how the only thing he cares about all day and night is chanting when will Che Det resign and pass the power to him. He desperately wants the Prime Minister’s chair, but for all that the chair brings, what is his contribution to PH?
Enough is enough. The fall of PH is not because of Che Det alone, but Pak Non is also at fault. His greed, power-crazy actions, backstabbing, and two-timing conduct were studiously followed down to the root. War is won by a solid team, not by a team with many camps because I don’t like you in my team. The ‘my team must follow what I say’ strategy is never a winning team.
Maybe it is time for Pak Non to reflect back when he was one of the top leaders of UMNO, then to the 20 years of leading left-wing party championing reformation and trying to topple the dinosaur government, to the PH then PN government. Pak Non is still not a PM. Maybe its time Pak Non does his own reform.
His own party split under his very own nose, funnily enough most likely due to his own action. How could someone who could not even manage his own party could have enough support to lead a country? Leader requires respect, and respect is when you lead.
The best option is to retire from politic, don’t drag supporters back to the street or into the battlefield with no obvious chance of winning. Reformation has a meaning, and 20 years should be long enough to get the message across and gain enough support. But if the champion of reformation could not even reformed his team, then maybe it’s best to reform the leadership.
By Otai Media

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