Friday, May 10, 2013
Anwar Steps Up Campaign of Anger and Protest
Buoyed by Wednesday's event at Kelana Jaya stadium he was - within seconds of stepping off the stage - talking of further rallies in Ipoh and Penang, which he must know will do nothing to get him to Seri Perdana.
As the EC said, it's not as if more noisy protests will change the election result. But this isn't about the election outcome and it isn't even about the short term because Anwar is playing the long game; attempting to chip away at the credibility of the new Government before it has even convened, and repeating his well-honed narrative that his coalition is the rightful government in waiting.
Protests and anger are not a substitute for lodging court challenges and petitions if he feels hard done by in some constituencies, but Anwar persists nonetheless. Nor is Anwar's argument about the popular vote a reasonable approach to political discourse.
To put it in the Westminster perspective, both UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard rule their nations having failed to win the popular vote. It is nothing unusual.
As The Choice has already suggested, noisy rallies are just part of Anwar's strategy. In the past week we have also seen the coalition refusing to accept the result and setting a committee headed by Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli, which will conduct Pakatan's "electoral fraud probe".
It sounds all very official except it isn't. A courtroom is the proper place to challenge an election.