Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Anwar Ibrahim’s political battle will not end until he gets his daughter Nurul Izzah to become the president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and leader of the opposition alliance Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
His untiring efforts and strategies laid out are now ‘changed to Plan B’ as the first plan to have him ‘installed’ as the Prime Minister has fizzled and faded this morning (Monday) at 11am when he took the oath as an MP.

Following the swearing-in and the failure to rally the crowd on Saturday grand finale rally at Padang Merbok, many political observers expected Anwar to shift his focus on his daughter who is the Lembah Pantai MP.

They said Anwar knew his ambition to become the Prime Minister flew out of the Parliament building window the moment he took the oath and thus he now shifts his focus on his daughter.
They added that that is why the past few months he has been rallying the youngsters – students and those out of universities and colleges respective of race – to continue the ‘battle’ that would be Nurul Izzah’s backbone and platform.

They said Anwar is torn between his present deputy Azmin Ali and Nurul Izzah who is currently the party vice-president to lead the party but given Azmin’s outbursts when Khalid Ibrahim was re-appointed Selangor Mentri Besar, Anwar’s focus is now on Nurul.

According to them, the reason why PKR assembly that is supposed to include party election was postponed was to give Anwar time to plan for a status quo – no contest – so that his wife Wan Azizah Ismail will still be president, Azmin as deputy and Nurul Izzah as vice-president alongside Tian Chua and S. Sivarasa.

And Nurul Izzah may well ‘matured and ready’ by the time the party holds its next election just before the 14th general election to be party president and lead the opposition front.

That is the ‘ripe and right’ time that Nurul Izzah can lead with the support from the youngsters who will be voters by that time, some new 4 million voters, according to some observers.

Nurul Izah is said to have the support and even sympathy from the young who will be voters by the time the 14th general election is held and rallying the youngsters now is the right thing to do.

The scenario is by the time the 14th general election is held which is five years from now, Anwar will be around 72, an age not attractive to lead or become the Prime Minister, Nurul Izzah is his best bet.

Whether the observers’ views are true or false, right or wrong, it is evident that Anwar’s time is over and he is also facing a serious ‘credibility problem’ when PAS subtly and indirectly ‘reject’ him as a Prime Minister candidate way before the 13th general election and accepted the general election result.

Thus, Barisan Nasional (BN) will be up against young leaders in the opposition front in the 14th general election who are more aggressive and creative.

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