Khairy to Anwar: Form Fed Govt by Sept 16 or scoot!Posted: June 17, 2008
Ah! The ultimate challenge from the infamous son-in-law to the Prime Minister-in-waiting. What a way to spruce up the 100-day mark since GE2008.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 — Form the next government by Sept 16 or resign as advisor to Parti Keadilan Rakyat the next day. That is the challenge Khairy Jamaluddin has thrown at Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The Umno Youth deputy chief noted that the de facto Opposition leader had been telling Malaysians for some time that the crossover of Barisan Nasional MPs to Pakatan Rakyat was imminent. This week, Anwar predicted that several MPs from the Malaysian Chinese Association would quit the Barisan Nasional and join the DAP-PKR-PAS coalition.
The former deputy prime minister has promised to force the collapse of the BN government and form the next government by Sept 16.Khairy said in his blog: “The question I have for Datuk Seri Anwar looking as how he is confident of setting up a government by Sept 16 is this: what will happen if he fails?
“I challenge Datuk Seri Anwar to resign as the advisor of Parti Keadilan Rakyat if the Barisan Nasional is still the government on Sept 17. This is because he would have failed to meet his promise to his supporters.
“If he feels that more than 30 BN are in his hands, I don’t think my dare will be a problem for him. If he fails, he should not only step down but also face up to the fact that his credibility with the public would have been destroyed.”
Anwar is unlikely to respond to Khairy’s challenge, given the different status both of them enjoy in Malaysia. He is the de facto head of Pakatan Rakyat, the prime minister-in-waiting in the eyes of many while Khairy is a junior politician in the ruling party.
Full article here.
It might be interesting to go visit Khairy’s blog and see what he had to say to Anwar in his own words.
Rata-rata maklum balas yang saya terima [di Sabah] amat tidak setuju dengan cara Pembangkang ini. Golongan muda di Sabah tidak mahu prinsip demokrasi dibelakangkan oleh parti-parti Pembangkang yang kononnya begitu gah mempertahankan demokrasi dan “good governance” tetapi sebenarnya tidak menghormati mandat rakyat. Mengikut komen-komen yang saya terima, rakyat Sabah sudah dengan jelas memilih Kerajaan BN di peringkat negeri dan pusat. Ini merupakan mandat rakyat Sabah yang disampaikan melalui proses demokrasi. Apa sahaja tindakan untuk melompat parti tidak melambangkan iltizam demokratik rakyat Sabah dan perlu ditolak.
Will Anwar answer? According to The Malaysian Insider, he is unlikely to. But I wonder about that. Anwar almost always answers when challenges are flung towards him.
But then again, he might be smirking at this young upstart and thinking, ” Well boy, I don’t have to take your challenge. Just keep your eyes open and watch.”
Either way, we’ll all know in due time if Anwar is truly going to take over the Government, and when that’s going to happen. After all, there is still 3 more months till Sept 16 2008.