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Online uproar over Anwar’s support for Mahathir

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – March 4, 2016: A heated online furore had erupted after PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim declared his support towards former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday.

Anwar, via a message from the Sungai Buloh prison, reportedly said that he supported Dr Mahathir, known to be his “arch nemesis”, in his efforts to pressure Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to resign.

“I support the position of friends in civil society, political parties and individuals including Tun Dr Mahathir, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and others to build up strength and understanding together as articulated by the leader of the Opposition recently.

“This understanding will focus on the demand for Najib to resign as Prime Minister as he has clearly failed to lead this nation,” he said.

Anwar, who is currently serving a prison term for committing sodomy had also pleaded for the people to set aside their political differences and personal vendettas and to stand together to save the country.

Apparently, his call-to-arms resulted in scores of contentions with many accusing that the once-irreconcilable duo may have “lost the plot.”

“I am amazed by how twisted the plot has become, twist and turns on every corner. Why Dr M (Mahathir)? Why do you stoop so low?” wrote Facebooker Cahaya Hidup.

“This whole collaboration with Anwar…did you really think it through?” he wrote.

Clifford Tan cautioned that “the game” that Anwar and Dr Mahathir are about to play is dangerous because no one really knows what cards does Dr Mahathir have up on his sleeve.

“Right now everyone is focused on firing at Najib and Umno.

“But don’t forget that just because the man beside you is firing at the enemy that doesn’t necessarily mean he is your ally,” he wrote.

Ahmad Norazlan pointed out that those who supported the duo’s “joint-venture” are historically blind.

“Did you guys not learn history?” he wrote, “Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tengku Razaleigh, Musa Hitam and Anwar Ibrahim himself has fallen victim to Mahathir’s agenda and personal interests,” he wrote.

“Please don’t entertain him (Dr Mahathir),” pleaded Mnarif Mnasir, “Once he gets what he wanted he will go back to Umno.”

“Tun M (Dr Mahathir) may have left the party but that is only skin-deep, in his heart he will always be an Umno guy,” he wrote.

Hanisya Abdul Hamid pointed out that Anwar was “way out of line” when he endorsed the ‘rakyat’ (people), especially opposition supporters, to follow his example.

“Now he is asking us to support the very man who threw him in jail, the man who betrayed the people’s trust and the man whom many called ‘Maha Firaun’.

“And Anwar did this (endorsing the rakyat to support Dr Mahathir) without even discussing with every single opposition parties and the non-governmental organisation.

“I don’t know about you but this has ‘Langkah Kajang’ (Kajang Move) written all over it,” she wrote.

There also those who commented that Anwar “is one heck of an inmate” for being able to issue statements despite being detained.

“Even in prison Anwar can still issue press statements,” wrote Khairuddin Muhammad, “That’s quite the ‘layanan’ (treatment) they give him…I wonder if the rest of the prisoners were given the same treatment.”

In the blogosphere, socio political blogger Din Merican wrote in his blog posting that “Anwar is devoid of principles” for declaring his support to Dr Mahathir.

“Anwar also needs attention since his stay at Agong’s hotel denies him the attention he badly needs.

“He knows that backing Mahathir is just endorsement of the status quo. Getting rid of Najib, that is what we all want, but do not expect Mahathir to be a reformer.

“The former Prime Minister’s interest is to protect his political legacy and ensure that his son will be the next PM.

“It is tragic we have to depend on Mahathir today to bring change,” he wrote.

Another prominent blogger, Jailani Harun who blog at ‘Just Read!’ deemed the support that Anwar declared towards Dr Mahathir was simply “unbelievable.”

Jailani was of the opinion that Anwar probably hoped that he will be freed form Sungai Buloh prison should an ‘Opposition-Dr Mahathir’ political pact materialise.

“And perhaps his former ‘big boss’, who once threw him into the same prison about 18 years ago, is trying to amend that mistake!

“I just watched P.Ramlee’s ‘Keluarga 69’ on youtube,” Jailani wrote.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

Despite becoming The MOLE's journalist in 2014, he still has a hard time traversing the city. If he is not lost, this northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make some sense out of the Malaysian political sphere.