Shifting poles in Malaysian politics

They point out that it does not benefit Anwar Ibrahim to be involved in a sodomy case when his movement the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is on the eve of a major political shake out in Malaysia. Anwar has promised the Malaysians that by September 16th his Party Keadilaan Rakyat (PKR) or Justice Party will be reinforced by the crossing over MP’s from the government.

Written by Ali Cordoba

The fresh accusations of sodomy against Anwar Ibrahim may shift the poles in Malaysia’s already shifted political landscape. With Anwar out of contention the opposition will have to double its efforts to prove that it has the claimed majority in Parliament to form a new government, otherwise it is the BN that will benefit.

Anwar has campaigned on the assertion that he can overthrow the regime of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi with the crossing over of 30 to 40 Member of Parliament (MP) from the Barisan National (BN) – the coalition party running the country – and to form a new government. Some political analysts who spoke to WorldFutures stressed the point that Anwar is probably being framed once again in order to prevent the crossing over of the MP’s.

They point out that it does not benefit Anwar Ibrahim to be involved in a sodomy case when his movement the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is on the eve of a major political shake out in Malaysia. Anwar has promised the Malaysians that by September 16th his Party Keadilaan Rakyat (PKR) or Justice Party will be reinforced by the crossing over MP’s from the government. He said most of the MP’s would come from the states of Sabah and Sarawak which are located on the Island of Borneo.

However, with Anwar now hiding in the Turkish Embassy and his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail who is opposition chief in Parliament saying that the PKR de-facto leader might seek asylum in Turkey, the situation will change in Malaysian politics.

“The BN is to benefit largely with the accusations against Anwar. But if this is a political ploy and it will be proven that such is the case, the BN will face the wrath of the people,” added one observer to WorldFutures.

However, they said, if the PR can prove its case and bring the MP’s in its favor to cross over and form a group outside the government in the Parliament, the issue would be settled since the government would not have a majority in Parliament. ‘Without a majority, the King will have to force the Prime Minister to resign or to form a new government, failing which we may be facing fresh elections in the country,” argued another.

“Yet with Anwar seeking (possibly) refuge outside of Malaysia, it will simply mean the BN wins in the tug-of-war against Anwar. This will make the opposition to be weak and to depend on the conclusion of the police report to know what the future will be like,” said Mis.

Anwar has been the one hunting the heads from the BN, wooing them to join his coalition for a new Malaysia with the promises of better democratic standards and more freedoms for the people. Now it is a reversed situation where Anwar is being hunted for sodomy – in a repeat of a horrible saga that almost destroyed his career – and this will cause further shifts in the poles of attraction in Malaysia’s politics, WorldFutures was told.

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