Anwar & Mahathir-Whos Fooling Who?
The recent “thawing” between Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Tun Dr. Mahathir has been on the cards for sometime now. Only the desperate and desperately ignorant could not have foreseen such a move in Malaysia’s highly volatile politics involving the two fallen angels.
It ought to have been Tun Mahathir embracing Datuk Seri Najib instead. Much more benefit could have resulted from such a reconciliation than the one between Anwar and Dr. Mahathir. But is my enemy’s enemy really my friend? Or is this a reconciliation with no other alternatives left to consider? As Dr. Mahathir does everything he can to berate and denigrate the prime minister it may be worth considering the following truism:
“Stupidity is to have amnesia over your own faults when the person you hate makes theirs “
The field in Malaysia’s political landscape today consists of the untrustworthy and the predictably expedient parasitic political opportunists selling ideological snake oil in ‘alternatives’ to those willing to listen. But unfortunately almost all of the players in the opposition to government in Malaysia are intellectual, political and moral dwarfs.
Dr. Mahathir in one fell swoop removed any moral or political credibility he may have had left in him upon his meeting with Anwar Ibrahim. Anwar for his part did nothing one would not have expected of a man of Anwar’s morality. The word morality simply is not part of Anwar’s (and now Dr. Mahathir’s) lexicon.
Dr. Mahathir may have found in Anwar that ‘foreign intervention’ he begged for recently seeking to topple Datuk Seri Najib Razak Malaysia’s Prime Minister. Anwar a foreign political Trojan is part and parcel of Paul Wolfowitz’ PNAC (Plan for the New American Century). Nothing new or secretive about that. What Dr. Mahathir does not realize is that he is now Anwar’s fag and not the other way round as it once used to be.
Anwar Ibrahim with nothing to lose has Dr. Mahathir by the short and curlies. Dr. Mahathir may think otherwise. But the world that watches on is not Malay or Malaysia. Their views do matter and their observations and conclusions are not in line with those of the Dr. Mahathir or Anwar. Two spent forces clinging desperately to a past that once favoured both is no promise of a future they are not a part of.
Those who celebrate the Mahathir Anwar show do so purely out of desperation a misguided sense of patriotism and not out of a sense of reality. Reality in Malaysian politics appears to be in very short supply and suspended of late. The pair are seen by many as bulwark against DS Najib, the Barisan and UMNO.
If however the Dr. Mahathir Anwar alliance is able to swing government their way (a very long shot) the return to ‘prosperity and stability’ Dr. Mahathir and Anwar promise to deliver can only be achieved at a high personal cost to those who believe in a democratic Malaysia.
Dr. Mahathir and Anwar once the dynamic duo of Malaysian politics will only deliver the peace prosperity and unity they promise through another ruthless Operation Lallang, squared this time for the political environment Malaysia is today.
Their idea of government will be delivered with an even greater intensity, zeal and force in order to end any further destabilization, fractionalization and erosion of national unity that a liberal Najib government has tolerated and allowed for far too long.
And Malaysia needs that stability to survive and prosper which Najib manages somehow with his silence and tolerance to deliver against all odds. “Walking quietly he carries a big stick”
Under a Mahathir/ Anwar coalition, ‘good governance, peace and prosperity’ will see church leaders (as was the case with Fr. D’Souza of Singapore under Lee Kuan Yew), Ambiga (inspite of her links to Marina Mahathir), Maria China Abdullah and about half the Malaysian Bar behind bars.
The new freedoms promised by the duo will come at a cost. A very high cost in deprivation of the unprecedented liberties Malaysians enjoy and have become accustomed to since the end of the Mahathir era. It will come at a cost only someone as ruthless as Tun Dr. Mahathir (and Anwar Ibrahim) can exact from a community they are experienced in dealing with. Neither Anwar nor Mahathir believe Malaysians are deserving of the kind of liberal democratic model of government Datuk Seri Najib prefers.
Even if Mukriz and Marina Mahathir would be ushered in as Dr. Mahathir successors down that dynastic path being prepared for them, that other dynasty of the Anwar Ibrahim clan in the wings will not willingly lie down for the Mahathir clan. One side has to give in. As for Marina and Mukriz, it is a case of ‘a spotted man begets a spotted son (or daughter)’. It is not difficult to expect anything more than the doctor’s prescription all over again. Neither side will tolerate any dissent or opposition just like their father did alongside his erstwhile former deputy Anwar. As for the Anwar Ibrahim camp it will be a case of “never to play second fiddle to a Mahathir”.
The two camps know each other’s true colours and lust for power too well to ignore it in a convenient “kiss and make up” for the press. As for the two dynasties the following may be words of wisdom to consider now and not later:
“So you’re a fellow mercenary, then.” “Does this mean you’ll afford me some professional courtesy?” “Don’t ask for that. All it means is that you might get to face the person who kills you. . . But only if it’s convenient.”
Emperor Pius Dei
Politics does indeed make some very strange bedfellows and Dr. Mahathir’s new found ally in Anwar is indicative of the devils continued role in all things political in Malaysia. Dr. Mahathir is a man who holds grudges and holds it for a very long time. He has a history of jettisoning his most loyal supporters when convenient and expedient. But to be fair to him that’s politics. Anwar seems to forget.
Anwar on the other hand is a man who does not know what comes first. His loyalty to the nation or his personal faded jaded ambitions for the top job. It is and always has been a case of “What is good for Anwar is good for the world”. Anwar has no history of delivering anything he is able to point back to and say “this that or the other is the result of my initiatives in government” for the time he sat in parliament.
As for Dr. Mahathir he has a lot to show for his time in government. Not all of it good. The cronies, the wealth creation to favour his buddies and the detention camps bursting at the seams is his other side of the ledger.
An Australian political scientist recently commented that prime minister Najib’s resilience and his silence is deliberate. Machiavellian in fact. It is widely believed that DS Najib has in quietly fending off parliamentary and police led coups against him won the respect of not only the foreign diplomatic corps who are keenly watching his grossly exaggerated demise from the sidelines. But it is also those stalwarts who matter in the civil service, the army and where it matters most UMNO’s heartland that DS Najib’s power base lies. The rest as they say are dispensable commodities in pursuit of their own light ambitions falling over themselves into the political abyss. And in that abyss they will find Dr. Mahathir and Anwar in revival mode. Was it not Napoleon who said “never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake?”
It appears that the more things change the more they remain the same.
Anyone for tennis?