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Anwar and his drama

In Malaysia on August 28, 2008 at 11:23 pm

The last time I checked, there were 26 million of us in Malaysia. However, Anwar thinks winning Permatang Pauh with an electorate of about 60,000 will make him the next Prime Minister of Malaysia. Anwar claimed, as reported by Al Jazeera yesterday:

Clearly the prime minister has lost the mandate of the country.

He needs to learn how to count.

In our general election last March, BN had more than 50% of the votes. Badawi is President of UMNO, and with UMNO forming the largest party in our coalition government (BN), Abdullah Badawi is the Prime Minister. We inherited our electoral system, called ‘first past the post‘, from the Brits when we got our independence in 1957 and I believe a local reporter, Jacqueline Ann Surin, did a pretty decent job explaining how it works. Obviously, Anwar did not read it.

On the other hand, if Anwar believes he has the mandate to form the next government, he needs to do one of 3 things:

1) As leader of the Opposition, he should call for a motion of no-confidence in Parliament. See if our Parliamentarians will actually cast their votes for him, and more importantly, his party.

2) Stand in a by-election directly against Abdullah Badawi. As the challenger, he should go to Badawi’s ward.

3) Go for another round of GE, which will get everyone screaming their heads off, what with all that drama after the last round in March. If you were not in town, just know that it takes 30 minutes to travel 30 feet in the popular areas.

Anyway, since we won’t do (3), let’s look at option (2). Well, he didn’t challenge Badawi directly. So, that’s out.

Therefore, the final option available to him is the first option, which is to call all federal MPs to cast their votes on a motion of no-confidence against the sitting government. Guess what Anwar did? He staged a walkabout. Yep, he scooted. He just upped and ran off, according to AP about 3 hours ago.

Isn’t that nice? After 10 years of being out of Parliament, the first thing he did when he had a chance to serve his constituents, he went for a walkabout. Now, does that sound like someone who is ready to be our next Prime Minister?

Someone less dramatic please!

Admittedly, this topic of Anwar Ibrahim is getting obsessive. However, I had to do it because no one else seem ready to hold him accountable. Least of all his groupies.

So, Anwar, get on with it. Be a good and decent Member of Parliament. Only then, if at all, dream of being ‘primus inter pares‘.

  1. […] Posted on August 29, 2008 by ourtable Following on from my last post, Anwar and his drama, I actually read the article by The Nut Graph on ‘Anwar’s imminent road trip‘, […]

  2. […] posts on the irresponsible words and actions of Anwar Ibrahim are here, here and here (chronologically). More importantly, I have also questioned our current Prime Minister […]

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