It is final. Parti Keadilan Rakyat or Keadilan is finished! Done! Anwar Ibrahim is also done. Ijok was the last nail of the coffin. The by-election which ended yesterday (Saturday, 28 April 2007) saw the “bitter-sweet closure” (bitter for Anwar, sweet for all those who are really tired of Anwar!) of both Anwar Ibrahim and the party which was formed for and about him.
Barisan Nasional’s Cikgu K. Parthiban defeated the Mighty Tan Sri Khalid “Saviour of the Malays’ Ibrahim by a sound majority 1850 votes. This humiliating defeat of Anwar’s ‘dark horse’ is all about him trying to salvage his ego, in his attempt to play the Supremo of the Oppositions Alliance.
This was carried out by Mingguan Malaysia, today (www.utusan.com.my):
The fact that Anwar’s ten days campaign in Ijok clearly showed how distasteful he was as a politician and lack of real issues that really matters. His campaigned was focused trying to discredit the Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak. His ferocious attacks were centred on rumours about involvement in the high profile murder of the Mongolian model, Altantuya Shaaribu and alleged kickbacks worth RM 520 million from the Scorpene submarine and Sukhoi fighter deals. He was not interested about the local issues in Ijok or other issues that binds the domestic political scene today. Despite Najib swore in the name of God of non involvement with the woman and an official MINDEF communiqué issued about the two contracts and parties involved, Anwar still lashed his atrocious attacks.
The really funny thing was the issues involving the Prime Minister and/or his infamous son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin (who happened to be campaigning in Ijok, everyday too!) were left spared and unscathed in Anwar’s daily attacks.
He also said different things to different sets of voters. One of the issue which had spread from mouth to mouth was Anwar seen swinging at a tune during one of the campaign. Of course, Khalid’s major blunder campaigning on Ladang Tuan Mee also caused him a lot of damage.
The truth is that, PKR lately had been almost an abandoned party. Many stalwarts like Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, Jomo K. Sundram, Marina Yusuff, Nell Onn, Ruslan Kassim and Lokman Noor Adam left. The Mighty Zainur Zakaria and the feared Rahim King also left. Now, Anwar’s own trusted aide, Ezam Md. Nor is on the brink of jumping ship too. PKR now is left with one Dewan Rakyat seat and even that, Wan Azizah narrowly won in the last General Elections.
The people are tired and had enough of his brand of rhetorics politics. Anwar introduced mob style demonstrations, a leftist habit he started since his student days in UM in the early 70s. Maybe, when he started his ‘Reformasi’ movement after his 2 September 1998 sacking, the people at large finds in refreshing to have a ‘tangy and spicy voice’ to so called ‘revolutionising the system’. The irony was Anwar was actually part of the system which he is crying wolf now, for over 17 years!
The street mob approach became an instant success, espcially amongst rift-rafts seeking kicks on weekends. The clash during elections becomes Keadilan’s signature each time there is a by-election involving this party. Later it no longer become fashionable to demonstrate and riot. After a while, it died down and people no longer believed in the movement. It also ran out of flavour.
The fact after Anwar Ibrahim managed to wiggle himself out of being convicted, he chose to go abroad and took offers from Washington D.C. and Oxford ‘fellowship’ positions. That left his ever loyal supporters in the lurch. So many then turned away and re-evaluated their position and support for Anwar. And many made the decision and left.
Now after nine years since his first started, Anwar made another pathetic attempt and failed, miserably. If he still doesn’t get now, then he’d probably won’t. Maybe one day when he speaks at the mike and people starts to walk away, then Anwar finally realized that he is no longer wanted!
*A further update. “UMNO Secretary General Dato’ Radzi Sh. Ahmad said today Anwar Ibrahim would not be allowed to re-join UMNO”, quoted The Star, Monday 30 April 2007. That basically deprived his realistic chance ever to ascend the Premiership of the country. Hard luck, Anwar!