Give him a chance, give us a chancePosted: August 19, 2008
Did you read the latest article written by Bakri Musa?
That is exactly the kind of article that should be read by all Malaysians. That is exactly what it is. What he has said is quite true. How can this boy enter a holy place and put his hand on a holy book, and say such lewd words? So uncouth!
Anwar is right in saying that he is not going to swear on the Quran. He shouldn’t.
And did you read the part where Bakri Musa said that if Anwar is to swear on the Quran, might as well get him to swear that he will keep his promises to Malaysians. That would be the best thing to take oath on. That he will keep his promises.
At this point, the only thing I can say is that Anwar really deserves the chance. The chance to make change happen.
Even when he was accused of sodomising another person (this time around), even though I don’t believe it, I still didn’t believe that Anwar is clean.
Anwar was, without a doubt, part of UMNO back before 1998. He was part of the regime that he so blatantly criticises now. How to trust him like that? If last time he didn’t do anything, how do we know that he will do things any different now?
But if we don’t let him have this chance, maybe we won’t have any more chances. Taking a chance on him, is like giving ourselves a chance to have change.
At this point, I think Anwar is the only choice we have, if we want change. We have to take the chance.
If he doesn’t keep his promises, what can we do? At least we must give him the chance to fulfil his promises first. If he doesn’t keep them, we’ll just vote otherwise during the next elections.
My support is for Anwar this time. Let’s give him the chance. Let’s give ourselves the chance.
The people of Permatang Pauh practically hold the future of Malaysia in their hands. I hope they go all out to vote for Anwar. I hope he wins by a bigger majority.
A clear message must be sent to Barisan Nasional: You are not wanted anymore.
Anwar has my full support.
My dad said all of the above. Edited by myself to try and compact our 1-hour conversation into a blog post that’s not too long. We touched on other things as well, but I’ll keep them for another day.
My dad was born 1956. He remembers the old days when Anwar was in power in UMNO and BN. He had experienced things and policies implemented during Anwar’s time in power, things that I’ve only heard of.
My dad is a cynical person. He simply won’t sign the petition to the Agong, because he says it will come to naught. No amount of pestering has done him in. “You don’t know the powers of the powers-that-be”, he says.
That’s why I was surprised when he finally said that he fully supports Anwar this time. He believes Anwar is not stupid enough to sodomise someone at the height of his fight back, but never has he said, in so many words, that he thinks Anwar should be given a chance to go back to Parliament.
My dad and I don’t always agree with one another. That’s what father-daughter relationships are all about.
But I agree with him on this one.
It’s not about anti-establishment, not about anti-BN. It is simply about our frustration with what is happening to Malaysia, and our hopes that it can and will become better.
I came across Haris’ open letter to Anwar about an hour ago. I sat here for 20 minutes, thinking about what I could write in response to what he’s already written. All I could think of was: It’s all so true.
Haris does not speak for everyone, because there will be people who disagree with his views. But Haris, and The People’s Parliament have spoken for me and my dad, through this open letter to Anwar.