Wednesday, December 31, 2008

WITH MALAYSIAKINI: disillusioned with Anwar

I was reading pathmawathy breaking news in malaysiakini on manikavasagam quiting selangor post but remains a supreme council member. It brings me far back in the days of Musa Hitam. It was a day very much like a prelude to the bigger thing, an Umno crisis. It wasn't long after Musa announcement on quiting deputy premiership but remain an MP and still holding all Umno post. Then Team B was loosely created. The rest was history.

2. Tun Mahathir remained as the longest Prime Minister in Malaysia and he is never short of enemies. In a more sober days, I like to see his enemies as mere boys and girls. Some render themselves as poor or bad losers.

3. Now is Manikavasagam. A report in a local newsapaper mentioned about disillusion among Indians. That is not a small matter because, believe it or not, PKR and the whole opposition owed their landslide victory to Indians. I could be wrong, but that's what most like to believe. Hindraf as a movement catapulted Anwar higher than what he should be. Anwar became disillusioned by victory, Indians felt left out and disillusioned too in a different way.

4. Anwar is not a new creature in Malaysia. Others closer to Anwar could have narrated this particular issue on disillusionment better.

5. Feel free to check the report about some felt disillusioned with Anwar.

Malaysia's Indian community disillusioned with Anwar

Disgruntled ethnic Indian leaders from Malaysia's opposition Parti Keadilan have threatened to leave the party.

In fact, one of its three MPs, S Manikavasagam, resigned on Wednesday as state liaison deputy chairman.

For the economically disadvantaged ethnic Indian community in Malaysia, all they want in the New Year are fairer opportunities.

Many said they are unhappy and disillusioned as they felt short-changed by the opposition party led by Anwar Ibrahim, whom they had supported in the last general election.

The 100,000 ethnic Indian members in the coalition, along with the Chinese vote, had helped the opposition to sweep the elections last March.

The ruling Barisan Nasional coalition lost control of five states and was denied the crucial two-third majority for the first time in its 50-year history. Now, many are thinking of forming their own party.

A final decision will be made next week after a meeting with Mr Anwar. Some, however, are urging those involved to keep cool.

Gobind Singh Deo, MP, Puchong, said: "The issue is simply this – having come nine months, is this a right time to throw in the towel and say, 'Look, as far as I am concerned, I don't think anything can happen?' I don't think that's right."

But with the crucial by-election in Kuala Terengganu coming up on January 17, there is little time to restore the image of Mr Anwar's opposition alliance, which is plagued by internal strife.

Malaysia's Indian community disillusioned with Anwar Channel News Asia

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