Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Pressure Mounts as Frustrated Voices Confront Anwar
Instead of overseeing the country from Sri Perdana, he is busy trying to sow seeds of dissent and explain to his remaining devotees where it all went wrong. But observers are becoming increasingly disillusioned by his tactics of street protests and demonstrations.
He was described this week as a "charlatan" and a "dangerous person" by none other than former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim who called on Anwar to accept the reality that he would never become Prime Minister of Malaysia.
"He claims to do things in the name of democracy but he is only using the power that he has over his supporters for his own political gain," Tunku Aziz said.
"He is a charlatan and a manipulator of truth who stops at nothing to serve his interests."
Leading political scientist and former PKR deputy president Dr Chandra Muzaffar seems to have outrun his patience for the Opposition leader too, arguing that Anwar had manipulated the naturally trusting nature of many Malaysians to gain political traction.
"Being educated and learned does not mean you are not susceptible to the deception of other people. It takes wisdom to differentiate between lies and the truth," he warned.
Both of them backed the impatience expressed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak about Anwar's constant claims of foul play on May 5.
"The same system is used at the state and parliamentary levels. If the results benefited them, (they) accepted the results. If they were in BN's favour, they objected them. This is the greatest hypocrisy," Najib said.
"If the electoral system was tainted, hit by fraud, why have the swearing-in in Penang and Kelantan, and engage in a tussle in Selangor? Why accept in Permatang Pauh, Gelang Patah?"
Then there is the little matter of the growing voices from within Anwar's own coalition who have called for an end to his behaviour.
Pakatan collaborator Lim Kit Siang has questioned his motives while Anwar's long-time protégé Mohamed Azmin Ali has outright called on him to stop "bullying" the rakyat "using the country's peace and stability" as a tool.
Anwar is looking increasingly ostracised from his remaining allies, however tenuous that relationship may have been.
He had promised before the election that if he was unsuccessful, he would retire from politics. But will he yet keep to that promise?