"However, the growth enjoyed by developing countries should not be jeopardized by the imposition of non-trade issues such as labour standard, minimum wage, human rights and environment." - Anwar Ibrahim, Joint IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings, Madrid, 4 October 1994
"We believe there is no inherent contradiction between the existence of a body of fundamental liberties enshrined in the constitution of a civil society on the one hand, and a set of rules and regulations governing the proper enjoyment of these liberties on the other. Thus, in Malaysia, any sensible examination of human rights must not draw its substance solely from the Federal Constitution but also all Acts of Parliaments and State Enactments bearing on the subject. Any rethinking of human rights must necessarily entail a consideration of the implications and consequences on the social order, the preservation of harmony and political stability. We must take full cognizance of not only the historical antecedents of our Constitution and laws, but also of the specific mischief that was intended to be avoided. In other words, we cannot indiscriminately argue for the wholesale adoption of Western norms and models. Perhaps even those closer to home may not be quite appropriate to our particular situation." - Anwar Ibrahim, The International Conference on Rethinking Human Rights, Kuala Lumpur, 7 December 1994
“We’re taking over the government at the rate we’re going,” Anwar said in an interview yesterday at his office in parliament in Kuala Lumpur, citing as a sign of support a July 9 rally where thousands marched and called for greater fairness in election practices. Currently on trial for sodomy -- a charge he says was influenced by the ruling party -- he predicted that the opposition would be boosted even if he is convicted.
Anwar Ibrahim's one and only goal has and will always be, Prime Minister of Malaysia.
That is his dream.
Some dreams do come true. Anwar the poster boy. Well, for wife Wan Azizah at least,
“All these posters were of Anwar,” Wan said. “For me, that was a sign from God, so I picked Anwar.”
And some can become a nightmare,
"Because I was aware of his links to certain groups of people in the west, people like Paul Wolfowitz, among others. We know that Paul Wolfowitz, the person who planned the Iraq War, and among the leaders of the neo cons, obviously he is very pro-Israel, and it comes as no surprise that he, too, is a Zionist.
It is the same with his links to the Foundation for the Future.
Incidentally, who was the person who launched the Foundation for the Future in 2005? It was US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. So, it was a body set up by the U.S. State Department.
The objectives are clear. It is being used as an organisation that moves on the pretext of working for democracy in the Middle East. We can see that it is an adjunct for a U.S. agenda in establishing hegemony and control."
Events unfolding in the Arab world gives Anwar confidence, no?
Syria, Iran why not Malaysia?
Here is a man who is embroiled in so many sexual controversies. That in itself raises concerns for many.
His sexual tribulations concern me not. Truth be told I would not care what a person's sexual preferences, fetish and the like are.
In the privacy of his home, condominium or hotel, what one does is his own business.
When you are exposed like MCA President, Chua Soi Lek, you do the right thing. You own up, admit to a wrongdoing and accept responsibility for your actions. You seek forgiveness from those deeply hurt by your actions and you move on.
Anwar claims that Sodomy I was a political conspiracy by then PM, Tun Mahathir. But even in acquitting him of sodomising his driver by the Federal Court, it is put on public record in that decision, there was homosexual activity.
“…even though reading the appeal record, we find evidence to confirm that the appellants were involved in homosexual activities and we are more inclined to believe that the alleged incident at Tivoli Villa did happen, sometime, this court,as a court of law, may only convict the appellants if the prosecution has successfully proved the alleged offences as stated in the charges, beyond reasonable doubt, on admissible evidence and in accordance with established principles of law.And again as in Sodomy II, it's a political conspiracy. This time by present PM, Datuk Seri Najib. Upon his release from Sodomy I here is an interesting view and I quote relevant passages,
and more tellingly,"The response came in the same paper from the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak with the statement that the Barisan Nasional, the coalition of parties led by UMNO, the United Malay National Organisation of the Prime Minister, in power, was willing to cooperate with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim or any opposition party for the sake of the country."
And with that all "Conspiracies" and homosexual activities are suitably personified."His counsel dismissed any suggestion that the Federal Court’s decision was politically motivated."
On account of that flight to Turkey, the embassy that ie, so do my supposal concur with what is on record in that Federal Court finding.
Sexcapades of an individual in politics are nothing new.
It is Anwar the man, the unprincipled and hypocritical, that disqualifies him from any position of public office, what more as Prime minister. This is more crucial by having serious and tragic consequences for the future of our country.
For a person who has also made a name of himself by bringing lawsuits against those who have alleged to have slandered him, I am not alone in finding it peculiar that he is doing no such thing to the Datuk T Trio, in the sextape expose.
Or even Datuk Zaid in this blistering broadside against his character like his party,
"I am quitting because I want to dissociate myself from liars and cheats. I do not want to be part of a group that propagates lies and does not have any qualms about cheating for as long as the end justifies the means,'' he told The Star.and PKR party election irregularities,
“That’s why I took strong objection to PKR. If the conduct of your own party elections is questionable, then how are you going to run the country? The electoral irregularities were known at the highest level in PKR. How can that be tolerated?
A popular saying "lightning never strikes the same place twice". It must either be "conspiracies" or he must be an unluckiest person this side of the planet.
I do hope he gets off Sodomy II though that will not be fair for the complainant if the allegations were true. Then, Anwar will not have any excuse to exploit his plight, "he predicted that the opposition would be boosted even if he is convicted".
BN can easily engage him on any issue. For example name one good thing that Anwar has accomplished.
The opposition can. Only ONE. Kept the other two parties holding hands which is taboo for one and antipathetic for the other. Pathetic.
This is Anwar Ibrahim.
Remember the nightmare and why give credence? In a letter to the same but one time close comrade and compatriot Chandra Muzaffar,
I am glad to hear, though I am not surprised, that you have vowed to persist in your struggle for freedom, justice and unity. Anyone who has followed your career and admired your erudition, your articulateness and your zeal for truth and justice in the tradition of scholarly disputation knows you cannot be cowed. Yours is a courage born of sincerity, which is foreign to your persecutors. You are a "subversive" element only because you provide an effective challenge to the predatory appetites of the corrupt regime. And, to paraphrase E.E. Cummings, you are one who has been "cursed with a talent for thinking" at the very time when the government demands of the people "the exact antithesis of thinking"
I respond to the Bloomberg report with another Anwar "nonpareil",
The legitimacy of the elected government rests on its commitment to fulfill the aspiration of the electorate to better themselves economically and socially. At the same time, we have to preserve national unity, which hinges upon maintaining justice but also the delicate balance of conflicting and contending interests and passions. In this respect, we tend to agree with Samuel Huntington, when he suggests that "the interaction of economic progress and Asian culture appears to have generated a distinctly East Asian variety of democratic institutions." Professor Huntington notes that Malaysia, together with Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia, share a similar type of democracy which serves "not Western values of competition and change, but Asian values of consensus and stability." What Professor Huntington fails to observe, however, is that we do not see democracy as the sole and overriding goal of society. For us, with the peculiar nature and needs of our society, we have to go beyond promising freedom and equality, and even beyond maintaining consensus and stability." - Anwar Ibrahim, Seminar on Post-Marxian Political Thought, Dewan Bahasa Dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur, 28 September 1992
The new media will, by exposing this hypocritical and unprincipled excuse of a human being, ensure Anwar's "Malaysian Spring", remain a dream.
Malaysia does not have Spring. What it has are rainy seasons. Like the wet one we are experiencing these past few weeks.
So while Anwar envisions a "Malaysian Spring" to Putrajaya, what he is actually having is just a dream.
A wet dream.