There is no politician like Anwar Ibrahim in Malaysia. Unique in all aspects. A survivor of all sorts of political tribulations and betrayal. And yet, he is still fighting for one thing: For the betterment of the people of Malaysia.
Among the elderly politicians who have ruled Malaysian politics since the 1970’s, Anwar is not the richest one.
He does not wear clothing beyond his means, like some are deep in scandals.
The only scandal surrounding Anwar is the scandals his adversaries, foes and fiends pins on him.
Ya, fiends, not friends because friends in the same party would not do that to a member. What they did to Anwar Ibrahim since 1998 is unthinkable.
After such abuse of power and the abuse of the basic rights of a member of the Malaysian parliament, a minister of high quality, can we still trust the system?
Anwar trusts the system. He is the one who went into such turmoils that would have broken most people. But upon his return to politics, he fought back and won the support of the people.
He is fighting to change the system in which he was caught unexpectedly and made a victim.
According to his speeches, he would not want that to happen to any of the citizens of Malaysia.
Remember his famous phrase from prison: “If they can do this to me, imagine what they can do to the people!”
In the 1998 reformasi rally in Kuala Lumpur, Anwar told the police officers he is the victim because he is fighting for the future of their children.
And yet, they arrested him, beaten him in his cell and left to rot in oblivion.
Anwar is perhaps the only politician who did not wander away from his promises made in the famous 1998 ‘reformasi’ rally.
Held in Kuala Lumpur, one can still listen to the rally speech by Anwar and understand why we believe he is a unique politician.
Watch the video below to understand Anwar’s call for reforms:
Yesterday, on his Facebook page, Anwar says he will never abandon his principles.
It is hard to believe that a man who fought for the principle of justice will just give up. Give up to join the enemies of the public?
He made this public vow, which is his responsibility, to ensure the given support from MPs in the Parliament is not conditional on the compromise on the issues of integrity, good governance, anti-corruption, and the rule of law.
“I remain steadfast and clear in my stance that I am not prepared to and will not compromise on these matters.”
The PKR has a reform agenda for Malaysia. The country needs a complete reshaping of its laws and the way the authorities work.
Many people tend to forget what is this agenda. They get corrupted in their minds when they come to power. But the Anwar faction, if there is such a faction, remembers.
The people around Anwar are for the reforms. They are not chanting reformasi just for the sake of pleasure.
It is a real combat call. A battle cry that the opponents and some friends of the PKR do not like to hear.
COMPARISON TO PN
Taking this long struggle for reform into consideration, what and who is opposing him today?
It is the Perikatan Nasional in power. The PN formed by PM Muhyiddin Yassin is far away from any reform agendas.
Muhyiddin is elected as MP on the reformist platform. But this blue-blood Umno personality is perhaps, finding it difficult to accept the reforms.
PM Muhyiddin and team has only this to show: 1. Covid-19 is under control 2. Money was spent in billions to help the companies and the people.
Malaysia is not the only country where Covid-19 has been under control. Some countries claimed they defeated Covid months ago.
Malaysia is also not the only country where the virus is still spreading with super clusters. Under the PH regime, it was pretty much under control until the scramble for power that began in end of February.
The people will have to decide whether they want to aggravate the situation or get someone to fix it?
Anwar has vast experience, is truly tested. His connections with the rest of the world is not unknown to the public.
Some of his followers sees Anwar as a superb intellectual. But to us, he is first of all pro-rakyat and is fighting for multiracialism in Malaysia. His programmes for the future is all about inclusivity.
Fight for him, side with him or remain on the fence and let him do his duty as the leader of a vibrant opposition who take the mantle to rule Malaysia?
This is what we are facing today in the long waiting game for regime change the democratic way in the country!