The opposition is indebted to Anwar Ibrahim - By Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, January 08, 2018
Anwar Ibrahim and Mamakthir were the ones who brought the Iranian Street to Malaysia. Religious tolerance went into the toilet with these two architects!
Malaysiakini : “If I'm sincere today, what does it matter if I regret it tomorrow?” ― José Saramago, Blindness
COMMENT | Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is not the only person who is indebted to political prisoner Anwar Ibrahim. The opposition, its supporters and whoever is contemplating regime
change in this country is indebted to the hopefully-soon-to-be-released
political prisoner. Without Anwar, there would be no opposition in this
While it is easy being critical of someone like Anwar, whose
political and historical baggage defines the political landscape that
some Malaysians desperately want to change, I would argue that there
would not even be an opportunity for some sort of change if it were not
for Anwar and his compromised crusade against the Umno regime.
We must never forget that before Mahathir, the newly-christened
PM-designate of Harapan, exhausted all possibilities of removing Najib
Abdul Razak from within Umno, he was still committed to vilifying Anwar
and the opposition. While hatchets may have been buried, the opposition owes the people
who support them a commitment to the reformasi agenda that was, and
still is, a threat (albeit muted) to the Umno weltanschauung (world view).
It is important that a political leader like the DAP’s Lim Guan Eng
reaffirms his support for Anwar, it is even more important that the
opposition remains committed to the reform agenda that is the basis of
Anwar’s struggle against the Umno regime. While some people may scoff at that premise, the reality is that
opposition supporters who vote for this compromised coalition want
something more than the “stability” and “social contract” offered by the
Here is a reality check. When Amanah’s Mat Sabu (photo)
reminds us that non-Muslim majorities in Japan and Korea reject
establishment corruption but in a country like Malaysia, "The Malays
listen to khutbah on a weekly basis, but the more they listen
the more they (seem to) support corruption," it is an indictment against
the racial and religious politics that dominates this country.
However, the irony is that Bersatu, a political party designed to
combat Umno, carries on the narrative that this country is defined by
race and religion. This last part is axiomatic and to invest further in
this narrative is not the point of this article. Anwar could have gone the route of creating a solely “Malay” power
structure but instead he followed the path of the DAP and attempted
something unifying instead of following in the footsteps of Umno.