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Friday, 17 August 2012

THURSDAYS WITH...

BUDDY: Wah, long time no see...Minnie, Eebot. How are you, friends?
MINNIE: Hello, Buddy and Eebot. Ya bah...it's been ages since we have our kedai kopi talk...
BUDDY: Well actually I met Eebot many times but not here and not the three of us sharing a table.
EEBOT: We might not have that many kedai kopi meetings, but we are still friends, the best of friends, right... that's what matter bah
MINNIE: Ya bah
BUDDY: Betul betul betul
MINNIE: So you have been seeing Upin Ipin ahh...
BUDDY: Marvelous .... so what's up Minnie, Eebot?
EEBOT: The usual and more, Buddy. Wish things are more settled than they are now. Am talking about politics and all. Elections are upcoming or had been. In the Middle East, Latin America, the USA, and here in our own country, our beloved country, I must stress.
MINNIE: Ya bah... in the office, at tamu, in public places, somehow somewhat politics or rather when the Prime Minister will call for general elections is a must-topic. Tiring lah
BUDDY: So, Eebot, when do you think the GE will be?
EEBOT: Personally I thought it was last March. Now, I hope it will be held next year.
MINNIE: Aiyoo... the sooner the better bah. Get it over with.
BUDDY: Minnie, Minnie. You are still the same Minnie lah. Everything you want fast. Now lah. Tiring lah, this lah, that lah...hahaha
MINNIE: And you, apa kurang bro? 
EEBOT: Hey you two... actually this is what I miss most, a friendly frank talk. The elections will come sooner or later, we just have to be prepared, since it is a time for us to be directly involved in nation building. We have to be... ahhh, never mind lah. 
MINNIE: What?
BUDDY: Apa bro?
EEBOT: Forget it friends. I enjoyed Usain Bolt, Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Pandelela Renong, the Olympics. And this weekend, the the Red Devils will try to be the very best again.  May be best for us to just enjoy the moment. Then this kopi kaw kaw will taste like heaven...

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

ANWAR'S HIGHFALUTIN CIRCUS

ANWAR'S HIGHFALUTIN CIRCUS
THIS is a piece written by the NST training editor published today. I find it a good read. Simple yet loaded. And yes, very relevant to the increasingly hot political atmosphere, not the least in Sabah.
Having been in the arena myself for quite a while now, since 2001 to be exact, I am of the opinion that our every action today must be based on our past experience, guided by our destination. And pardon my being parochial, or even communal, but now is time for my fellow minority bumiputra to be pragmatic and realistic. I am still in Upko. And the ruling government...
By AZMI ANSHAR 
DATUK Seri Anwar Ibrahim has always tried to make himself bigger than anything earthly -- bigger than Parti Keadilan Rakyat, the party he founded, and even bigger than Pakatan Rakyat, the axis in which PKR fraternises with the DAP and Pas to challenge the Barisan Nasional's political supremacy.
It seems that all political machinations and hubris that the Opposition and de facto PKR leader initiated, engaged in or supported inevitably revolves only around his political relevancy and longevity.
Anyone charmed to do Anwar's bidding would bitterly find out later that they were nothing but political collateral.
After his meteoric ascension to the deputy Umno presidency in 1993, Anwar made the mistake of thinking he was bigger than Umno, that he was the "special one" -- able to "walk on water", troubleshoot problems and rally the masses despite exposing his character flaws that eventually could not be protected anymore.
Umno didn't think much of his halo: they sacked him in 1998 for misconduct but until this day, Anwar cannot shrug off that mentality of making himself bigger than what he really is -- a desperate politician helming a troubled ship steadily hurtling to nowhere.
Axis partners endure Anwar's antics as they privately wince at his narcissistic bent on making the news -- good or bad -- to be all about him.
Consternation aside, Anwar's value as the key interceder to smoothen structural disagreements between DAP and Pas, especially their recurring quarrels on hudud, is the reason why his chicanery is tolerated.
The latest Anwar outing is fishing for politicians, Sabahans Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin and Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing in particular, out of Umno amidst their laughable poseurs of idealism for some short-term gains offered by Anwar.
That stated, Lajim and Bumburing's departure was received with relief by BN, the duo's negligible roles restricted to Sabah's "cowboy town politics".
That's why Anwar tries hard to turn the departures into a national circus where he can play ringmaster to an enthralled crowd ready to buy tickets to his gaudy show of seeing him elevated as prime minister.
Anwar's dream though of grabbing the premiership is already an ordeal: for the opposition that hope to improve their status in the general election, for the BN government forced to fight tenuous firestorms detonated by Anwar; and for himself after deluded into thinking that the majority of Malaysians are still spellbound by his waning ideas.
This coaxing of politicians to abandon ship is déjà vu typical of Anwar's waning ideas, more so when he thinks that the love is missing, that he has to dip into his veritable bag of clichés -- tricks once useful to deceive the public, but now pitiful.
There are too many clichéd tricks that Anwar deployed in the 14 years since his sensational sacking under an embarrassing cloud of still reverberating revelations but one stands out for relevance: Anwar's hoary proclamation that on Sept 16, 2008, six months after the opposition's huge electoral gains, the Federal Government would topple due to the so-called defections of BN members of parliament, including those from Sabah. Or not.
You should have witnessed Anwar then: he was fuelled by excessive smugness and undrinkable moralistic fervour, poking easy holes into a then tottering administration that just lost five states and the two-thirds parliamentary majority.
Yet, Sept 16 came and no one defected, at least not on the massive scale brazenly touted by Anwar. As much as Sabah politics is unpredictable, unwieldy and satiated with "warlordism", they still respect their BN brethren too much to rock the boat. That respect is still holding.
There was a time when Anwar's double dealing was so overbearing that the DAP stalwart Karpal Singh went postal, decrying Anwar's party hopping complot with this eye-popping rant, "Anwar Ibrahim must repent for his action, and Pakatan Rakyat should look for a new leader and not one that promotes party hopping".
Can we expect Karpal to launch another honourable, albeit dramatic, rant against Anwar's latest spectacle? Karpal could and he should. Everyone else within the DAP or Pas is either cheerleading or dare not wrinkle the Pakatan fabric.
After all, to rebuke Anwar for his highfalutin circus is to degrade the fragile glue bonding the precarious Pakatan Rakyat axis. New Straits Times