Turning deficits into assets — a skill Anwar learned as a community organizer — could well be called the motto of his rise. With his literary gifts, he transformed his  deficits into a stirring coming-of-age tale. He used a glamourless student leader as the foundation of his political career. He mobilized young people — never an ideal base, because of thin wallets and historically poor turnout — into an energetic army who in turn enlisted parents and grandparents. And even though his exotic radical movement, , has spurred false rumors and insinuations about his background and beliefs, he has made it a symbol of his singularity and of Malaysian’s possibility.

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times, it’s enemy
action.Discount the number of occasions and the notion that the targeted must take
reciprocal action, but this aphoristic evaluation of a threat by a James
Bond adversary, Auric Goldfinger, in the eponymous spy story must be
employed by Pakatan Rakyat as cautionary wisdom vis-à-vis the growing number
of occasions when goons have attacked and disrupted their public
gatherings.Thanks to videographers, who these days appear to be everywhere and arequick to upload their take on the Net, it is quite clear that lurking out
there are marauders who want to impose mob rule on the people.The incident that occurred in Penang on Sunday evening when an anti-Lynas
gathering at the Esplanade turned ugly, with hecklers segueing into goons
after an attempt to rattle the protective cordon around Chief Minister Lim
Guan Eng, is an ominous lesson on how things can get out of hand.The post-incident pattern of accusation and response is by now plain for all
to see.It is not happenstance, it is not coincidence, it’s formulaic: A public
gathering is organised. Some of the organisers or attendees are attacked.
Their sympathisers upload videos of the incident or phases of it after the
attacked have lodged police reports and have denounced the named attackers.
In an Orwellian twist, the alleged perpetrators of the attack are quick on
the counter: they accuse the targets of being the provocateurs, this in the
face of video evidence of their culpability.Meanwhile, it transpires that the police were either standing in the background twiddling thumbs, or they were nowhere to be seen.Consider it lucky the cops play dumb or when they are invisible; things
could be worse.For example, the fuzz could issue statements that fault the organisers of the gatherings for some nebulous flaw in their carriage.That’s when you know the odds on the organisers have risen exponentially.The entire tableau – after the disruption of an All But Umno (ABU) gathering
in Klang a few weeks ago had adumbrated the pattern – is alarming.
One should ask: What’s next?
Do the public wait for bodies like that of another Teoh Beng Hock or Ahmad
Sarbaini to tumble out of some high-rise office building window or some
closet before we know that dastardly conduct, left unchecked, will eventuate
in the monstrous?Or do the concerned just wring their hands in frustration and wait for the general election?
Polls would be the best thing to happen
Come to think of it, the general election would be the best thing to happen
because it would, at least, impose a terminal point to the pattern of
gathering-incident-disputed aftermath that is now increasingly the case.
Sure, the general election would bring with it anxiety over whether the
powers-that-be would be acquiescent if the results do not favour them.
Considering that no less than the prime minister himself has been on record
as saying that BN types must be prepared to defend Putrajaya, if need be
with their crushed bodies, the worry over whether the incumbents would be
irenic in the face of their immiseration is justified.But at least an election would mandate a pause to the contretemps.And in yielding a result – whether it be a rout, a close win for one side or the other, or a hung parliament – the decision of voters would be cathartic.This would be an amelioration of the present situation of rallies marred byincidents in which the level of violence is mounting.But there are matters to be sorted out first before a resort to the ballotcan be allowed to take place.
Parliament opens for the year in less than two weeks, during which session
some sort of electoral reform will be passed, while a proposed new civil
service salary scheme is reworked to make it more equable to the lower
echelons.This would mean more time for protraction of the pre-polls fever – time
enough for the goons to work their poison into the political bloodstream.Perhaps it would help for Pakatan Rakyat to meet with the prime minister if only to discuss matters to forestall an escalation of the troubles of recent

RPK to tell us that there is/has to be a future without Anwar Ibrahim. We all, and all our uncle Bob’s too, know that. But here and now, what’s the alternative? No one is indispensable, and we can see clearly that Anwar Ibrahim and PKR have already in place a succession plan supported by much younger, but seasoned veterans to guide Nurul along. And if RPK is 90% sure AI is “morally unfit” to become PM, I can tell you 100%, he is.

As soon as some political scandal with sexual undertones erupts, all these slimy guys coming out of the woodwork and saying “Yeah, I knew Anwar in MCKK…used to hang out in the showers and gym with the boys (what else did you expect in an all-male boarding school?)….yeah, I knew about it but kept quiet for 30 years…..” kind of BS. I once put that question to the late Captain Yusuff aka blogger Ancient Mariner who exposed the $12.5 billion PKFZ scandal. The Captain, who also schooled at MCKK, replied,” That’s 100% pure, unadulterated BS.” That’s good enough for me from a gem of a man who had no enemies and no political axe to grind.Haris and especially RPK, taking all sorts of potshots at AI and making all sorts of demands and innuendos backed up by unverifiable hearsay on really, here and now irrelevant issues. Bros, if you have a viable and workable alternative, state it and justify it. Convince us you have the know-how, savvy, experience and can deliver. Then we may well go with you. We, the Rakyat together with you, are the 3rd Force. We have to trust each other.

We don’t have much time and the situation is not ideal or perfect. The system is stacked against us. Why do you think that despite Big Wig’s huge unpopularity for over 20 years, no one could unseat him from Malaysian Indian Circus? His stooges were eased into power at every level, and with virtually unlimited money, they could stop anyone from mounting a successful challenge to their dictatorship. Thus, it took the Power of One, the great and heroic Dr. Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj of Socialist Party, to slay The Beast of Sg. Siput, in an epic David vs Goliath contest.

So, we are looking at taking our best shot, under the most challenging and trying of circumstances, to putting the known OGRE, BUMNO/BN, out of its misery and voting in PAKATAN! BUMNO/BN is too far gone down the line of corruption and wants, is begging, to be consigned to political oblivion for a while. But because of FACE and FALSE PRIDE they can’t ask openly for it. So, the Rakyat has to take the initiative.The new MB’s in the Pakatan-controlled states are all known to be clean and not condone or perpetuate corruption. Isn’t that a great start and achievement in 4 years vs 32 years of absolute political and financial mayhem and looting under BUMNO/BN?

The Pakatan-controlled states are all running budget surpluses, holding cash reserves for re-investments and topping the destinations for FDI’s. Isn’t that another great start? BUMNO/ BN Federal Ministers are all falling over themselves claiming they contributed to it. But hang on, why did it NOT occur before this? Hmmm?

Penang was the 1st state to reward its citizens with cash bonus. BUMNO/BN stirred the faeces pot by playing the racist and bigoted religious card by saying some of this money could have come from tax on ‘haram’ businesses and asked Muslims to return it. Barely a heartbeat later Dr.Imelda Birkin Rosemajib launches his $500 low income earners bonus scheme. What happened to all that “haram tax money” doubts?

Once we have won, then we can tinker and tweak the system and strive for perfection. But how are we to get there if there are any number of strategies, any number of opinions and any number of “do-gooders” (many of whom are “wolves in sheep’s clothing”) with any number of agendas?

Here and now, more than anything, we need a WINNABLE LEADERSHIP. Get that in the bag and it we’ll coast to victory.

Or else, what’s your proposal, Haris or RPK? What’s your short-term strategy for assured victory?

Know and play your role. If you are an out-and-out blogger only, slaughter with the pen. If you are a blogger with political aspirations, then enter the arena. I do not doubt for one second that if Haris stands in the right constituency, it will be slam dunk. The only way to be sure is to take the risk and “turun gelanggang”. If it were possible for RPK to return, then he too should “turun gelanggang” because that’s the only way to slay the beast.

Yes, you can write and blog, but only so much. The last mile solution lies in uniting the voters behind you and engaging the enemy, face to face, at the polling stations and booths.

Do you have even a half winnable plan or not? Teetering and tottering from People’s Parliament to Anak Bangsa Malaysia to 3rd Force and MCLM and Kita and ABU shows utter lack of focus.

Otherwise, here and now, stop griping, sniping and sabotaging (unless of course, your real intention is to back BUMNO/BN). Unite under one banner and back Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan. All we need to know and be assured of are, if more than anyone else, does Anwar have the character, qualifications and track-record to lead us to victory, and guide us thereafter.

You hear it over and over again, “the media is to blame.” And they’re surely the most common scapegoat; after all they do decide what they want to cover and how they want to cover it. They possess the loudest voice, ultimately controlling the narrative. For instance, the anwar vs najib debates have arguably will be the strongest factor influencing voter opinion this election cycle. With ratings in mind, it’s no surprise the media continuously look for ways to perpetuate a “horse race,” building candidates up, just to tear them down. They have been able to utilize forums and questioning that focus on scandal and conflict rather than the most pertinent issues of the day.
You mean Mahathir and Najib entered politics beacuse they had no ambitions to become PM but aspired to retire as Chief Mandore to the Deputy Speaker or some such post? Sheesh, what pathetic hypocrites and creeps these BUMNO promoters are.

We only need assurance that Anwar is for Rome first, and Caesar, second.

So PEOPLE, here and now, let us take our best shot and vote for the damn bloody obvious choice – PAKATAN!

Out with UMNO/BN!

Although no one can be certain, I would argue that the divided electorate, with divergent opinions and priorities, is most responsible for the current divide and uncertainty within the party today. No one could have predicted the strength and influence of ANWAR. Some would even argue that their views are different enough from a mainstream media that they should form their own political party. It is no secret that many conservatives feel a bit disenfranchised and would consider either putting up another candidate or staying home on election night, if they don’t feel the eventual nominee reflects their priorities and frustration with the current administration. If this ends up being the case, the UMNO will lack its base and ultimately lose in G13.And as much as Haris and his supporters are lobbying for it, none of PKR, PAS or DAP are going to let backline NGO’s or prominent individuals determine which candidates they should field or agree to a 1:1 challenge against BUMNO/BN. These NGO’s do not have the weight of history behind them, and in the end, who determines who has objective views and who, subjective ones?

It isn’t uncommon for groups to form during times of uncertainty. The current divide between the more conservative and moderate “factions” is reminiscent of But lately, Haris and RPK have been walking a peculiar line.And that’s where we have a problem.Here and now we do not have the perfect situation in the Opposition as a combined entity. We do not have 100% pure, pristine and wholesome candidates to field for GE 13. Would that we had, but we have to make do with the tools we have.Nor do we have a fully awakened, educated and aware Rakyat who can unseat UMNO/BN all by themselves by fusion and chain reaction. The time is too short.
Perhaps multiple reasons are to blame for the uncertainty the likely forced marriage that will prevail. But, in the end, this is our system, which is still the greatest in the world. It isn’t perfect and will continue to evolve as it has since the founding of our country. While the Democrats may have a perceived advantage this time around, this may be the perfect time for the party to re-evaluate and begin rebuilding its core.Sure we have admirable candidates like Malik Sarwar and some doctors and lawyers, all pretty much untested. If elections are called in a few months time, do we have the bag of winners? So, what’s the first step? It must be to identify our goals.Politics, as defined by Plato, is about achieving the ideal form of social organization and structure. Leadership and power are cornerstones of it. Without it, nothing concrete or lasting can be achieved. Integrity is another. Ideally, we would like to have perhaps a dozen Mandela’s in our midst. But that’s wishful thinking. Lasting leadership at the top has always been about the Power of One.What is our Principal Objective? To unseat the EVIL BUMNO/BN hegemony and consign them to a minority party in Parliament. Is that too difficult to fathom? What is out strategy? To unite the opposition to BUMNO/BN under one banner to fight at GE13.Having identified the Leader of Pakatan for GE 13, what should we do? Back him up 100%, of course Do we have a precedence on it that we can hang our hats on? Damn right we do. GE 2008. In victory, be magnanimous (you don’t have to be generous) to the vanquished. Equally, the murderers, thieves and looters now camping in Putrajaya, MB’s offices and the Economic Plundering Unit, ALL must be brought to book. Do remember that the evil is not BUMNO,MCA,MIC,PPP or Gerakan per se; it’s in their leadership. Remove that layer permanently and you’ll have a bright, new and glorious dawn
Today the nature of business is changing and effecting politics significantly.

In Russia, in the Middle East and even in India, you can see angry young youth questioning the value of big government. How can the government be effective, if they are failing to provide new jobs and foster private sector growth? For the employed young professionals, the problem runs deeper than just jobs: it is about the ability of the individual to maintain their existing lifestyle.
Having identified the logical steps we should take in achieving our objectives, some who profess they fully support these aims, seem to be doing everything to undermine it. In any planning, be it corporate or government, there are short, medium and long-term objectives and strategies. And when you don’t have pure, pristine candidates, then you pursue what game theory advocates – minimax/maximin strategy.

Simply put, you drop the obvious losers, shirkers, non-performers, thieves and crooks and go with the rest. Then you co-opt in the new faces strictly on merit and all of whom are already known in the public domain. There is no 100% guarantee, but the Leader has to go with gut feel and we have to back his judgement to the hilt.

This is not some treatise on political strategy, I don’t have that kind of knowledge or practical experience. But it sounds simple and often simplicity is a good basis for tackling complicated issues.

We don’t need Tai Chee or Sun Tzu and his ‘Art of War’. With the Rakyat, talking straight from the shoulders is always the best strategy.

In MALAYSIA, for example, the cost of basic commodities such as food and housing has increased exponentially while salaries have only increased marginally. For the middle-class MALAY, life has become a balancing act. The outburst during the BERSIH2 movement epitomized these emotions.Why was it that MAHATHIR AND HIS CRONIES was making billion while the average MALAY continued to suffer? The anger was very much justified.
As a structural shift takes place through the global economy and industries move toward looking for more skilled workers, India has three possible options to remain internationally competitive. Either a.) we could train our youth to have more skills so that they can become employable, b.) push for innovations manufacturing intensive industries (like South Korea) so that eventually we can employ our unskilled workers and job creation takes place at a large scale or c.) pray for a miracle.
Recently, I received an email from Youth Congress, asking for my support in the upcoming G13 elections. I couldn’t help but smirk at the email and wonder “I think you will need more than email and social media channels to get the vote or support. You will need to create jobs and economic opportunity.
Anwar Ibrahim of PKR

Nik Aziz of PAS

Lim Kit Siang of DAP

Given that it was AI who achieved the improbable at GE 12, I don’t think we need look further for the Leader of Pakatan for GE 13. I am certain neither Nik Aziz nor LKS can make a fist of it. Anyway, why try and reinvent the wheel? (As an aside, it’s interesting that some claim Daim Zainuddin had predicted the outcome of GE 12. I don’t remember hearing a peep from Diam Diam, but of course, a million armchair “pundits” all forecast these things with the benefit of hindsight!).

Having identified the logical steps we should take in achieving our objectives, some who profess they fully support these aims, seem to be doing everything to undermine it. In any planning, be it corporate or government, there are short, medium and long-term objectives and strategies. And when you don’t have pure, pristine candidates, then you pursue what game theory advocates – minimax/maximin strategy.

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