Dirty tricks? I say it’s downright bankrupt!Posted: August 18, 2008
Anwar says this:
“BN will campaign house-to-house to ask residents in Permatang Pauh not to go out to vote on Aug 26, saying that I have already won the by-election.
“BN will also give RM500 to each voter not to vote for Anwar Ibrahim, but my advice to you is to take the money, but vote for me,”
Taken from Malaysian Insider HERE.
Pak Lah says this in return:
“They accuse others first, because later they want to do it,”
Taken from Malaysian Insider HERE.
I leave it to you to interpret it in any way you like.
There is, however, something else worth thinking about.
I found this photo from Susan’s blog HERE.
An excerpt from the same blog post:
[O]utside the UMNO centre is a big screen showing examples of those who ‘menghina Islam” (or those who insult Islam), for example, activities of the Inter-Faith Council.
The overt message was of course: Anwar supports those who insult Islam. [Above], pamphlets going around accusing Anwar of being a traitor to Islam, and the Malay race.
Nice, ain’t it? I wonder what happened to Syed Albar’s warning of using the Sedition Act on those who fan racial and religious sentiments. He should probably have added, “Double standards apply”.
Also from Susan’s blog:
“When he was finance minister, he gave away RM1 billion each to 15 crony companies, without tenders and negotiations – all under the Skim Kontraktor Wibawa” – said Ezam Mohd Nor on Anwar Ibrahim at UMNO’s ceramah.
I don’t even want to talk about how reliable and believable this Ezam character is. Character assassination is not something I like to indulge in.
But as for him wallowing in history, it’s most definitely something else.
We are talking about the present and the future here. History has got SOME part to play in it, yes. But at this point, I would think that it would be more important to tell the voters in Permatang Pauh WHY they should vote for you. Tell them why they should still believe in you and your leadership, when most of what’s happening NOW is pointing in the other direction.
Yes. We’re talking about the now.
NOW, we have Pak Lah effectively saying that there should be NO open forum to discuss or touch on anything that has got the slightest bit to do with religion and race. Or more precisely Islam and Melayu. Brings back fond memories of “Saya pantang dicabar”
NOW, we have Syed Hamid Albar effectively saying that “religion”, is reduced to mere ritual. We have him issuing warning letters to Catholic newsletters, telling them to stick to “religion”, and not publish anything that has got anything else in it, for example, the Permatang Pauh by-election.
NOW, we have Najib effectively saying “I told you so”, when there was a mob and near-riot when the Bar Council forum took off.
NOW, we have the entire Cabinet, almost, going against Zaid Ibrahim’s proposal that the judiciary be made independent again.
NOW, we have a government that says that the economy is flourishing, when the people are feeling something very much different.
NOW, we have teachers spewing racist remarks, and getting off the hook.
That’s what we have now.
What can Anwar offer? He has said so much about it, I’m not going to repeat. If you’re interested, there are plenty of sources out there that could probably give you a better picture.
None of what Anwar can offer has happened yet.
But all in all, the prospect of what he can offer is looking way better than what we have now.
In my opinion, Anwar is worth the shot. Instead of sticking with what we have now, which is pathetic, I say, why not take a chance with Anwar?
My support is behind Pakatan Rakyat at this point. My support is behind Anwar Ibrahim.
And as for what Barisan Nasional/UMNO is doing to try and secure votes in Permatang Pauh, like the pamphlet and the wallowing in the past, this is not dirty politics. This is downright bankrupt.
Only bankrupt politics will dish out all the dirt of their opponents, step on their supporters, and think they can still stand proud.
And just to make things even clearer, the definition of bankrupt as per the dictionary:
bankrupt: totally lacking in resource or quality