Monday, January 9, 2012

901: a significant turning point in Malaysian history....

Anwar pledges to topple BN after acquittal
January 09, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today that “justice has been served” after his acquittal in a politically-charged sodomy trial and pledged to topple the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next elections.

“Thank God, justice has been served. I feel vindicated but we still have a struggle. We have to now focus on the general election,” he told reporters after the High Court here acquitted and discharged him of a charged of sodomising his former male aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan in 2008.

Wan Azizah hugs her hubby Anwar Ibrahim immediately after the judge acquitted him
(photo tweeted by Nurul Izzah Anwar)


Anonymous said...

Today is up!
Keep it up!

backStreetGluttons said...

we have always believed in this horse.

He just might be able to do something great, compared to the 3 or 4 humbugs before him

Starmandala said...

bSG - Here's another way to look at it: Anwar Ibrahim believes in his own greatness (he wasn't born to an aristocratic Umno bloodline but worked his way up the political hierarchy through determination, courage, intelligence and charisma). Because he understands what greatness means, he will inspire others to attain their own greatness - that means all of us. No man can do more for any other than to inspire him or her.

Anonymous said...

Ultra ambitious & controversial characters like Anwar, like Mahathir before him has the makings of a maverick politician & even future PM.

The question is, after he becomes PM, can he sustain himself to real greatness that ultimately benefits Malaysians as a whole, or end up as corrupt as Mahathir with his sleth of hand.

Malaysia as a pseudo Muslim country with a sizeable non-muslim population is complex. No Muslim country today is doing welI believe.

Maybe Anwar is the closest fit,for now

Starmandala said...

Anon @ 6:33PM - You spend too much time wandering and wondering in the labyrinth of your own mind. Come out and play in the sunshine of your love sometime!

I have many personal friends waiting in the wings to be appointed ministers or advisors when Pakatan Rakyat becomes the federal government. They are all bright, young, open-minded, decent and compassionate humans. Should any of them, including Anwar, succumb to the banality of evil after a term or more in office, we will provide them with enough feedback to help them correct their course - or we'll show them the door, the same way you fire employees caught lying and stealing.

Anonymous said...

I think the acquittal was brownie points being scored by an already compromised court to make every one feel good before the coming elections.

What's not to say the prosecution would appeal with new evidence after the elections to put Anwar away got good. Pakatan needs to step up and ensure that they not bicker the pennies while losing the pound. March on to Putrajaya they must!!!...

Anonymous said...

Hi Antares

I can't resist this pun:

Saiful feeling real sore!
(Up inside his head. Not down there since down there never happened) ;-)

The kleptocrats/conspirators scored an own goal.


Phua Kai Lit

Joshua Lopez said...

The Only problem is the rural Malays who can be programmed with fear by UMNO & rural Indians who can be bought by UMNO.

andy said...

Hi, I've been watching on the (mainstream) news in the UK. Does he have a chance to win in an election?
Is he seen as a leader or someone to rally around by the young generation?

Starmandala said...

@Andy - Anwar Ibrahim has earned his stripes in the political zone since his days as a student leader. He started out as an intellectual Malay chauvinist with strong Islamic missionary zeal and, in fact, co-founded ABIM (a Muslim missionary movement). Anwar was jailed for 2 years after leading a student protest on behalf of impoverished rice farmers. Upon his release, Mahathir invited him to join Umno, seeing his leadership potential, and groomed him to be his successor, eventually appointing him finance minister and deputy prime minister. I didn't have much time for Anwar Ibrahim in those days - to me he was just another ambitious Umno politician, playing to the gallery. One thing makes Anwar different from all the rest - he rebelled against Mahathir during the 1997-98 currency crisis and instead of taking the money and walking away quietly, he had the audacity to publicly insist that Mahathir resign. Indeed, after his abrupt sacking, Anwar led 80,000 young people to the streets, demanding Mahathir's resignation and calling for reform. For that he was sentenced 15 years in prison, though released after 6, on trumped up charges of sodomy. From 2 September 1998, the day Anwar was fired, I have been closely monitoring his moves - and he has conducted himself impeccably, with dignity and intelligence. He also happens to be a mesmerizing orator with the ability to reunify the diverse cultures of Malaysia. As it happens, Anwar's wife and eldest daughter are both magnificent women, effortlessly regal and noble in temperament - and they are the main reason I am wholeheartedly for Anwar's candidacy as our 7th prime minister. So long as Wan Azizah and Nurul Izzah stand by him, Anwar is unlikely to stray too far off course.

CYTan said...

What an elation on 901. 907 is another milestone. Perhaps you would like to revisit Bersih 2.0. The many faces of walkers appear so endearing 6 months later !