Saturday, March 9, 2013

Malay News:A 'smooth' transition, says Anwar

- Anwar Ibrahim has done it again. He has put the cart before the horse. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, this Pakatan leader told his interviewers that there would be a smooth transition of Malaysian Government after the general election. But shouldn't he first win the general election? Shouldn't his coalition win the majority seats in Parliament before seeking Royal permission to form the next government? Only after that can there by any transition. In other words, he may be ready for Putrajaya, but is Putrajaya ready for him? In 2008, he was ready for Putrajaya but Putrajaya wasn't quite ready for him. He had then predicted that he would take over the government on 16 September of that year by engineering a spate of defections. His failure to capture the Federal government was met with derision by people who had believed him. One of them wrote in a blog: Sorry, Mr. Opposition Leader, you lost your credibility after not keeping to your promise to form a new government in Putrajaya.after 169. That is the biggest b......t you gave us. You never had the numbers but you still raised our expectations. You lied and assumed Malaysians were stupid. You became the butt of jokes in the bars and warungs" So, in 2013, Anwar makes a 'logical leap'. (A logical leap is a moment where there is a significant--and contemptuous-- gap in the argument). He doesn't predict a victory but predicts a smooth transition. The other noteworthy predictions that Anwar made in the interview included the following: That he would be the Prime Minister That it will not be a 'Chinese government' That he will roll back 'privileges for the ethnic Malay and indigenous people'. And what did the foreign news agency say about what foreigners think about the general election? “An opposition win would be destabilizing for the market in the short term,” Alan Richardson, a Singapore-based fund manager who helps oversee about $110 billion for Samsung Asset Management Co., told Bloomberg. “We haven’t had a history of political transition in Malaysia and there will be uncertainty.”

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