Sunday, August 14, 2011

Two totally pertinent comments from 30 July 2008...

Anonymous said...
Chandra Muzaffar, rebel turned
rogue regime apologist
How naive can you be! Talk to Dr Chandra Muzaffar, Ezam and Nalla. Then you'll get a better understanding of what kind of person Anwar is. It is sad that most Malaysians are so easily deceived.
July 30, 2008 11:51:00 PM GMT+08:00

Antares said...
Nameless one, I measure a hero by his deeds and by his willingness to risk his neck for something he strongly believes in. Chandra Muzaffar qualified as a hero in the days when he got himself into trouble with USM and founded Aliran. Indeed, he was greatly admired and loved... until after his arrest and brief incarceration under Ops Lallang, when he suffered a subtle but insidious personality change.

I suspect Room 101 broke his fighting spirit and he went the way of Winston Smith in Orwell's 1984. Chandra was encouraged to establish his JUST Foundation and concentrate on global human rights issues. His criticisms of Mahathir became toned down and he reverted to being the brilliant academic he always had been. Well and good... but when Chandra allowed Umno to use his good name and intellectual credentials as a weapon against Anwar just before GE12, he fell from grace in my books.

Yes, I am unabashedly partisan in that I can never pretend to "objectivity." I trust my instincts and my nose... and Umno/BN stinks to high heaven! Anyone who values his soul integrity had better quit BN now before they go down with the Titanic. Even Dr M has quit Umno - but for all the wrong reasons.

As for Ezam and Nalla... they don't interest me one bit because they have no fresh political vision and are quite irrelevant to our nation's destiny. They did play their supporting roles ten years ago in 'Sodomee (Pt. One)' but, take away Anwar and these men are mere shadows.

Umno Senator Ezam Mohd Nor, political toxic waste
Most people I know who fear and hate Anwar are armchair pundits in denial of their own heroic potential. They pretend that working for reform within the system is the safest route... but the system is so toxic that once you're inside your psyche gets seriously contaminated, and then you begin to rationalize and spout platitudes about the wisdom of moderation and gradual, progressive reform.

That's zombie talk, brother, and I'm not going to waste time chatting with the walking dead. I'd rather be proven wrong about Anwar than tolerate Dr M's evil legacy an instant longer than it takes to flush away the shit. BN is running amok and it is armed with a dangerous weapon, a rogue police force.

For the sake of our children we have to grow instant balls and disable it permanently before our destiny as a free and happy nation is forever thwarted.

Thought I'd repost these two comments from July 2008 as both remain completely pertinent after more than 3 years!

Anwar in an interview with the BBC's Robin Grant
The original post was titled ANWAR: A MAN OF EXTRAORDINARY DESTINY