Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Anwar May Not Get It, But The Rest Of The World Knows How To Read An Election Victory
Anwar may not get it, but from Washington to London to Bangkok, Singapore and Canberra, the rest of the world knows how to read an election victory.
Prime Minister David Cameron was among the first foreign leaders who telephoned Najib Razak to offer congratulations.
The Obama Administration also was quick to recognise a clear victory and congratulate Najib.
"We congratulate Barisan Nasional and Prime Minister Najib (Razak) on their victory in Malaysia's 13th general election. We look forward to working with the new government once it is formed," said US State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell.
"We call on all parties to peacefully respect the will of the voters," he added.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard also placed a phone call to Najib to offer her best wishes.
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan also sent their congratulations.
According to a statement released by the British High Commission here, Cameron had telephoned Najib to congratulate him personally on winning the general election.
"The British Prime Minister personally conveyed his congratulations to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in a phone conversation last night.
"PM Cameron emphasised the importance of further political and economic reform, building on efforts, thus far," said the High Commission. "He added that he looked forward to strengthening the UK's bilateral relationship with Malaysia."
And even Moody's, the global ratings agency, offered its own form of congratulations, a kind of financial market vote of confidence in Najib's policies.
"Barisan Nasional 's retention of government assures the continuation of Malaysia's pro-growth policy, an outcome which is credit positive, for the sovereign rating and the ratings of government-related issuers," said Moody's Investors Service.
"With growth policies intact, the government is set to continue, if not accelerate, the development initiatives under its Economic Transformation Programme (ETP)," Moody's said.
So while Anwar continues to promote himself, and refuses to recognise a clear victory by BN, the rest of the world seems to hold a different view. They know a victory when they see one.