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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Perched.

Sept 16.

A relatively uneventful day. Well, relative to what most people were anticipating.

As I expected, there was no change of government on that day, Malaysia Day. However, on the eve of the 16th, Anwar Ibrahim told the massive rally at Kelana Jaya stadium that Pakatan Rakyat were ready to form the government, as they had enough crossovers from BN. The atmosphere was frenetic.

Now, Anwar may not be perfect, and I can understand why some people don't trust him. I mean, don't you think it's pretty vague when he says they have the numbers, when he doesn't mention who and from which parties of the coalition they are from?

In actual fact, it's a good thing Anwar did not reveal the names to the general public. After all, if he did, it would possibly cause the MPs to get harassed by BN to assure that they don't crossover to Pakatan, and maybe the usual under-the-table money payment will come into play as usual.

Then again, some people would wonder, did Anwar buy the MPs over? In the past, he did have a reputation of being corrupt as well. He has supposedly changed, but one can never be too sure. However, with the presence of the other two parties in the Pakatan coalition, DAP and PAS, such an act is most likely not conducted, in order to get the numbers.

And there was Zaid Ibrahim, who rightfully resigned as the de facto law minister after protesting against the arrests of Raja Petra, Teresa Kok and Tan Hoon Cheng under the ISA. Since then, Teresa Kok and Tan have been released, with Raja Petra still detained. SAPP also pulled out from BN, leaving Anwar with only 30 BN MPs to agree to crossover.

To be fair, Anwar can't really do much to force the change of government. In fact, he doesn't want to. On Malaysia Day, it was declared that he had sent a letter to the PM to seek an emergency meeting. Obviously, Abdullah did not agree. A few days later, Anwar came out and called for an emergency Parliament sitting, to vote for no-confidence against Abdullah and BN. Again, as expected, Abdullah gave a no.

So what now, then? Will Pakatan ever get to rule the government? Or is all hope going to just vanish into thin air? If that happens, we're screwed. Looks like Anwar may well have to go to the King, and hopefully the King will think rationally and make the right decision.

I've heard stories of Anwar and how power crazy he was in the past. To this day, there are people who still think he is, and to a certain extent, it's true. But guess what?

He's the next best, only thing.

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