Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Permatang Pauh 3: Seducing with the end in mind.


Stephen R. Covey rightly used "Begin with the End in Mind" as the second habit in his famous THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE. Permatang Pauh by election demonstrates the application of Covey's principle.

I suppose Anwar has been viewing the light at the end of his political tunnel. It is not a recent occurance. He has been visualizing the light at the end of the tunnel, the moment he tasted the sweetness of street fighting. As always street fightings are brutal and nobody care about the noble cause, who is right and who is wrong. What matters most is winning and of course winning is not always unscatched.

Understanding the current trend of Malaysian politics now, the most glaring is the habitual tendency to vote for opposition amongs town folks and youngsters. And any reasonable person cannot explain what other reason for bringing the photographer of lingamgate into Dewan Rakyat. Anwar understand this well because he has been orchestrating the whole thing. He did so because he had unsconsciously been putting Covey's habit 2 into practice. He anchored the whole campaign strategy on this fulcrum "publicy and sympathy"

Peculiarity shown by Anwar is his silence towards Abdullah. His fiery critics has always been towards Najib. Raja Petra known to many as Anwar's ally, used Statutory Declaration to implicate Najib in Altantuya on going case. Ligamgate is seen as an effort to discredit Tun Mahathir and judges in his era. I reserve my judgement on whether to see major judicial reforms as the end in mind. Otherwise how would we explain the sudden quietness on PKR and government sides when open forum organised by Bar Council has to be called off by force so to speak.

Najib as Anwar's political target is obvious. If there is anyone at all to stop Anwar's premiership avalanche, it has to be Najib with enough strength, ability and stature. Najib has so far been able to keep his cool and not to retaliate in obvious manner. Najib is too strong to play the street game.

There is also a resonable silence on Khairy. Critics flying from both sides are mild at best. Everyone in Malaysia knows it was Khairy that facilitate Anwar's quick departure to Germany upon jail release. There is understandable bond between the two, and the extent of their collaboration and relationship is anybody's guess. For all we know, both are very ambitious and aggresive. Who knows, a secret pact has been signed and sealed.

Many raise their eyebrows when Anwar went hiding in the Embassy of Turkey. A writer noted that at that moment Anwar exhibited two contrasting images , now conquering, now vulnerable. For a split second, many quickly assume his guilt. Otherwise why hiding? Knowing Anwar, his aim is nothing more than to maximise the effect in gaining sympathy worldwide. America noticiably show strong support on Anwar and for that reason it reinforces the on going accusation on him as being America's spy or puppet.

Malaysian witness the extravaganza behind PKR's campaign in 1999 general election. Definitely vast amount of money has to be mobilised for election campaign. Then it ties well with Ezam's accusation that Anwar as Finance Minister has awarded projects, a billion ringgit to something like 15 kontraktor wibawa. To Ezam, all 15 are Anwar's cronies. To general Malaysians, cronism is nothing new, Anwar is not a saint after all, especially after being charged on sodomy twice during his political pursuit. Ezam also questioned the whereabout of 6 boxes of coruption secrets.

Many notice Anwar's natural tendency to go to the street. He is a street fighter and fight causes best known to street people. His closest counterpart will be Wech Walesa. Street fighters seldom make it through to be an effective Prime Minister or President. But of course they will be remembered somehow.

Karpals harping on Saiful's swearing as contempt of court, raise many eyebrows as to his credentials. But somehow sodomy issue would be best left aside, it is for the court to decide.

Seeking help from former presidents of Indonesia and Filipina, will be seen as outside interference as bad as Al Gore rude remarks years ago. Both Gus Dur and Estrada are not real president material, and are most forgotten and become jokes of their wayward tendencies.

Asian stocks are closed mostly down on Monday amidst jitters of political uncertainty in several asian countries including Thailand and Malaysia. This happens with the backdrop of Covey's second habit seducing with the end in mind

And of course lets see another Asian country being seduced and rammed to the ground along with million souls just to satisfy the art of crafting the second habit. And Permatang Pauh is just a plane ride away.


The Vietnam War had a profound impact on the United States. Though begun with a small contingent of advisors, the conflict escalated from 1964 through 1968. More and more American soldiers and resources poured into Vietnam. Unlike Korea, Americans faced an unconvenional enemy in a war without front lines, where objectives were obscure and the danger contstant.
Million dead.....

I place 3 interesting quotes for us to ponder:-

"No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now." --Richard Nixon

"You can kill ten of my men for every one I kill of yours, but even at those odds, you will lose and I will win."
--Ho Chi Minh

"It became necessary to destroy the town in order to save it."
--Unidentified U.S. army Major


other posts:-

Permatang Pauh 2: Seduction at its best, death be...
Permatang Pauh 1: Seducing America, think twice.