Anwar's bubble burst, yet again.
KUALA LUMPUR: Some bloggers had written that it was time for Malaysians to wise up to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's empty promises of major defining moments as proven in his latest stunt of attracting Barisan Nasional MPs from Sabah to crossover.
To them, after the Opposition leader's failure to make 16 Sept 2008 (simply named 916) a reality when he promised then that he would secure enough Barisan MPs for the opposition to take over the Government, the same situation had recurred in his promise of major political shift in Sabah on 10 June (simply called 106).
The blog Gelagat Anwar had highlighted Anwars to attract Barisan MPs from Sabah, claiming Anwar had put the blame on his Sabah PKR leader Ahmad Thamrin Jaini.
The blog contended that Ahmad Thamrin had been tasked to secure "big names" including United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) deputy president Datuk Wilfred Bumburing and Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin.
According to the blog, Ahmad Thamrin had made a premature announcement Bumburing and Lajim despite being told by PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali to refrain as it was still too early to do so.
Prior to that Anwar in his blog had hinted of that a “surprise” was in store and would be announced in Sabah and the "surprise" could change the entire political landscape of the state, where Barisan holds 59 of 60 state seats.
“You are also in for some surprises in Sabah… I think very soon you will hear… and this would change the political landscape. We are certainly making inroads and we are able to win more seats… enough to have a simple majority,” he said.
Big names that were widely speculated in the defection plan for 106 were Lajim and Bumburing, MPs for Beaufort and Tuaran respectively.
The speculation was rife when the duo reportedly were going to attend a Pesta Kaamatan function organised by Angkatan Amanah Merdeka (Amanah) in Kota Belud last Sunday -- which was scheduled to be graced with Anwar and Bumburing.
While Bumburing turned up, neither Anwar nor Lajim were present.
Bumburing when contacted by The Star, denied the latest round of rumours that have been floating around over the last six months.
“This is an Amanah function, nothing to do with politics. I am not leaving (the Barisan),” he was quoted as saying in the English daily.
According to Senator Ezam Mohd Noor (Anwar's former political secretary) the 106 was another big lie desperately planned by Anwar to regain support.
"Previously, he was trying to mislead us with his so called 916, then during Sarawak State Election (which Anwar claimed would be another political tsunami for Barisan).
"The fact is, Anwar knew very well that he is the liability for the opposition, therefore he has to strategise to cover his weakness in order to survive in the current political situation," said Ezam in press statement.
Lajim too had denied the speculation that he was defecting to PKR, but stressed that nothing is impossible in politics.
"That is just a speculation, sensationalised by irresponsible quarters. I'm a senior politician but anything can happen and if it is my constituents' desire for me to do so, then I will do what they want me to do," Lajim told reporters at Parliament earlier, as quoted in the blog Malaysian Must Know The Truth.
In the latest update, Lajim was quoted as saying by Borneo Post that he won't bow to any pressure from any individual urging him to leave the party.
Lajim asserted that his political future is decided by the people of the Beaufort constituency, not by these few critics, during the coming general election.
However, portal Sabahkini had reported that Lajim had announced he will relinquish his Umno branch chief position preceeding his decision of not defending his Beaufort Umno division head post.