Give him a chance, give us a chance

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.

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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.


13 Comments on “Give him a chance, give us a chance”

  1. Non-partisan says:

    I am sure a good amount of skepticism about any promising potential leader is healthy.

    However, the country is facing choices that are more complex than just choosing between PR and BN.

    Internally, both these parties continued to be divided and weakened by two paradoxical political philosophies: individualism and statism.

    There is a middle way, which is distributism. More thoughts at http://www.jeremiah.liang@blogspot.com

  2. Right on, Michelle. We have nothing to lose by taking the chance. What can be worse than what we have now? If Anwar don’t deliver, we ll be back to square one. That’s the worst case scenario.

    In my line of work, we talk about risk-reward ratio and by making a simple application to your topic, it is worth taking the risk. Low risk, Highly rewarding model.

    Generally, under this current model, my advice to client is to invest aggressively.(No reference made here to current share market scenario)

    In other words, we go for The Change..

    VOTE ANWAR IN!!

  3. Sunda Melaka says:

    My Malay saudara/ri should have no fear that their rights or even privileges will be hijacked or taken away should Anwar becomes the next PM. Anwar has already made such an assurance and he is NOT a pengkhianat. A new dawn is in the horizon. Salam sejahtera buat kita semua. Amin.

  4. KevinP says:

    ‘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.’

    You could not have said it any better. I think its just Malaysians are so fed up with the circus that is happening in the country today and we need to ensure that it does not go to the dogs. Hence Permatang Pauh is the key and we have to work from there.

  5. bisu says:

    [Anwar is right in saying that he is not going to swear on the Quran. He shouldn’t]

    Well, that’s one opinion. I beg to disagree. Others have commented on saiful’s swear, saying all kinds of things. But, do you realise that all criticisms on the swear made by saiful is related to the method used (holding the Quran) and NOT to the substance??

    Even anwar and azizah when commenting on it, did not touched on the ‘substance’ of the swear i.e. that anwar sodomised saiful. Anwar said the swear is a political ploy, azizah said the swear was meant to embarrass anwar. Nik Aziz referred to the method too.

    Coming to your point, does anwar really deserve the chance? They said he’s changed from the old UMNO days. Has he really? He seems like a chameleon to me, changing colours when it suits him and for his protection. I fear we’re being too hasty, putting our future in the hands of an orator, not a real leader.

  6. ibat says:

    Bisu,
    Of course the substance – that he swore he was sodomised by anwar – is an issue. He swore that anwar put his d…k in his (saiful’s) as..hole, and cleverly I might say left out whether it was consensual or raped. This was after Anwar is charged with consensual sodomy. Don’t forget a person may be lying even if he took the most solemn oath in the name of Allah. Such person is definitely a hypocrite because if he is lying while swearing as he did, he did not believe that Allah will punish him. The swearing is merely an act to show this world that as far he is concerned he is telling the truth. For us, we can believe him or we don’t, period.

    Because of the inconsistencies between what he has sworn and what was reported to have been reported by him to the police that he was sodomised (involuntarily)many times, that a doctor did not find traces of his as..hole was ever penetrated, his proven lie about not knowing anwar was going to stand in a by-election to clarify his ‘perfect timing’ of the swearing, his special privilege to be able to visit the DPM when in fact his background or business did not seem to warrant such special attention from a very busy man, appear to dilute any faith one might have in his honesty. It is now between Allah and him.

    By similar argument, anwar doesn’t have to swear because some may believe him while some won’t. Swearing or not swearing anwar will have to answer to Allah too!

    What concerns me now is a by-election is being made a battle royale for the PMship!! The rest of the country may want a say on this, but could not. It is also a bit worrying that if this is the case, the choice is left to boot a bad one and replacing with an unknown quantity (which some might argue is better than sticking with the bad one). I wish the choice is clearly and absolutely between a known ‘bad’ and a ‘known’ good. Alas, that’s too idealistic.

  7. bangmalaysia says:

    I agree with you and your dad Michelle. I am definitely rooting for Anwar not because of him per se but for the change in the country’s political lanscape. 51 years of racial oppression, corruption and literally seeing billions of dollars go into the politicians’ pockets or to waste is just to much to bear.

  8. bow says:

    If a political candidate is not playing “race” or “religion” card in his or her campaign to get “vote”, i will be the first Malaysian that give mine. That is how all Malaysians should judge the potential of a candidate before casting their votes.
    __________
    Agreed.

  9. Jeremiah says:

    Voting Anwar and PR into government seems to be a no-brainer. Our country is like a big mansion where the cronies live in luxurious rooms while most rooms are in poor shape, dirty laundry and poor houskeeping.

    Does a change of govenrment mean just doing simple housecleaning, clearing away corruption and removing the bad practices/bureacrats? What about some concrete ideas about rebuilding the country? Economic policies for survival in the current climate of global slowdown? No shadow cabinet because their housecleaning mandate is so simple?

    I think our politicians on both sides are suffering from a serious lack of positive ideas.

  10. meow says:

    STATUTORY DECLARATION of former Bank Negara assistant Governor Datuk Abdul Murad Khalid – made on 28 October, 1999.

    I, Datuk Abdul Murad Bin Khalid (NRIC No. 531215-08-5957), a Malaysian citizen of full age and care of No 104, Jalan Setiabakti 9, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, do hereby solemnly and sincerely declare as follows:

    1. On 16th September 1999 I was charged with failing to disclose truthfully information on Ben Harta Sdn Bhd (BHSB) shares and 51 of its properties allegedly held for my benefit pursuant to section 87(2)(c)Banking and Financial Institutions Act 1989 (BAFIA).

    2. In order to do justice for my own sake, I must make a public declaration on certain matters connected with the various positions I held in Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) so as to show to the public at large the nature and stresses/strains that were attendant to these positions. This public statement is also intended to provide the public with the proper perspectives of the machinations of the former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (DSAI) who was also the Finance Minister and hence the Minister directly in command of BNM.

    3. As one of the top executives in BNM, I invariably came into contact with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who took a liking for me and subsequently entrusted me to carry out some of his instructions, what has to come to be believed by me now to further his political ambitions. In furtherance of his political scheme, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim instructed me to implement certain corporate exercises in favour of his friends and cronies. The debts of his cronies were cleared/settled using the profits from deals using the influence of BNM.

    4. Amongst the most significant corporate exercises is the takeover of Sikap Power, the concession holder of the Independent Power Project (IPP)at Lumut, Perak. The concession was sold to MRCB on the instruction of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and MRCB later injected the concession into Malakof Berhad, which is the subsidiary of MRCB. I believe that a profit of about RM50 million from this deal went to one of DSAI’s political funds.

    5. A male Chinese named Tong Kooi Ong is also involved significantly in raising financial assistance for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Tong Kooi Ong is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Phileo Allied Berhad, which is listed on the Main Board of the KLSE. Phileo Allied Bank is also under the control of Tong Kooi Ong. Tong Kooi Ong came into contact with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on my introduction and they subsequently became very close. Tong Kooi Ong subsequently disclosed to me that in return for the favours granted to him by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, he had established a “Master Account” under his control, from which financial contributions could be made for the interests of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. This Master Account is to derive revenues from the holding of shares and buildings. At one point Tong Kooi Ong confided in me that the Master Account was worth RM200 million based on the values of shares and building assigned to it.

    6. I believe there are at least 20 other “Master Accounts” established for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim by his various cronies. I believe that the total funds in these 20 Master Accounts run into more than RM3 billion. DSAI’s modus operandi is to divide and rule and the operator of each Master Account is not aware of the existence of the other Master Accounts. I believe the Government is aware of who these cronies are.

    7. As far as I know and through my own involvement, more than RM120 million had been paid to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, his cronies and the organisations he used to advance his own political ambitions. For example, it is within my personal knowledge that on the instructions of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim funds from the Master Account was paid to himself and the following persons and organisations known to be affiliated or connected to him between 1992 to 1997: (1) to himself (DSAI) – RM50 million (2) Dato Abdullah Ahmad (UN) – RM5 million (3) Dato Nasaruddin Jalil – RM10 million (4) Asia Pacific Policy Centre (APPC) & Douglas H. Paal – RM38 million(USD 10.0 million) (5) Institut Kajian Dasar (IKD) – RM5 million (6) Aliran & Dr Chandra Muzaffar – RM5 million (7) ABIM – RM5 million (8) International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) – RM2 million (9) A UK-based Islamic Foundation – RM1 million Total – RM121 Million

    8. I am also informed that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim instructed Tong Kooi Ong to take into his employ Puan Shamsidar and one Encik Rahman, which he did. Puan Shamsidar is the wife of Encik Azmin Ali, the Private Secretary to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. It is widely known that Puan Shamsidar is generously remunerated and is provided with a car and driver and most of the time she did not need to go to work.

    9. I must make a special mention of the American based organisation called Asia Pacific Policy Centre (APPC) headed by Douglas H. Paal, the former Senior Director from Asian Affairs (1989 to 1993) of the National Security Council (NSC) of the United States of America. Douglas H. Paal left the National Security Council to start APPC in 1993 funded mainly by contributions from Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. I was responsible for arranging USD 10 million in contributions to APPC and Douglas H. Paal on Datuk Seri Anwar’s instructions. I believe that other cronies of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim also made substantial contributions to APPC and Douglas H. Paal. Although I cannot ascertain the exact quantum of their contributions I am convinced they ran into millions of US Dollars. APPC and Douglas H. Paal are one of the main vehicles used by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to promote his image in the Western countries, mainly in Washington, USA and the United Kingdom and other European nations. APPC also lobbied strongly for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim with the international media organisations.

    10. APPC organised “The Pacific Dialogue” conferences under the patronage of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. The First Pacific Dialogue was held in Penang sometime in November 1994. The Second Pacific Dialogue was held in January 1996, the Third Pacific Dialogue in November 1996 and the Fourth Pacific Dialogue in January 1998. There was supposed to be a Fifth Pacific Dialogue to be held in December 1998 but it was cancelled because the Patron was no longer the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Malaysia. All the Pacific Dialogue conferences were held in Malaysia because Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was the major source of funding for APPC.

    11. In what I believe as tantamount to a betrayal of public trust, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim also insisted that APPC should manage BNM’s reserves of RM50 billion and the EPF fund in return for the services provided to him by APPC. Alternatively a hefty fee of USD 3 million was to be paid annually to APPC for the cost of running the Centre in Washington. Fortunately this instruction of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for APPC to manage the above funds was never put into effect. What I have stated above goes to prove without doubt that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was indeed an unscrupulous leader who was prepared to sacrifice the country’s coffers for the benefit of its political ambition with the help of foreign elements. The current developments that are taking place in the country which threatened the public peace and well being of the Rakyat to further Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s political ambition are ample proof to support this assertion.

    12. I was also directed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, then already appointed as the Finance Minister, to assist the following persons to clear their debts as described below: a) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim instructed me to settle the debt of Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad (now the permanent representative to the United Nations)with Bank Bumiputra of more than RM10 million. I helped to negotiate the settlement amount of RM7 million. An amount of RM5 million was taken from Master Account to help pay the debt. The balance of RM2 million came from Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad from the sale of his land. b) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim instructed me to help settle Puan Marina Yusof’s debt with local banks amounting to more than RM20 million. I presented her application to the Tabung Pemulihan Usahawan (TPU) for assistance to develop her land along Jalan Tun Razak, on which is now the completed Complex Marinara. The TPU panel approved her application. Puan Marina Yusof is extremely grateful to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. c) Penang based Mercury Securities owed MUI Bank more than RM10 million secured by a third party land charge. The majority shareholder is Chew Seng Guan and one Encik Ahmad Kamal whom Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim groomed to be an up-and-coming Bumiputra businessman and politician. I subsequently helped to arrange for the sale of the land to Matang Emas Sdn Bhd, a company owned by Taib Hamid, the sale of which incidentally also sorted out some of Taib’s personal problems. The same piece of land was later sold to TPPT Sdn Bhd by Encik Taib for a low cost housing project which is now known as Taman Tun Perak. d) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim instructed me to help Dato’ Nazri Abdullah’s Group to take over NST Group from Renong. I sought the assistance of Hong Leong Group to structure the deal. I spoke to Seow Lun Hoo and Quek Leng Chan of Hong Leong. They proposed that Dato’ Nazri’s Group use MRCB as vehicle to take over the shares of NST. I then spoke to Maybank to arrange a loan for Dato’ Nazri to buy into MRCB and another loan for MRCB to buy into NST. e) I was directed by Datuk Seri Anwar to help Encik Faiz Abdullah (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s ghost writer), together with Seow Lun Hoo of Hong Leong to buy into Kewangan Usaha Bersatu Berhad (KUBB), then owned by Idris Hydraulic Berhad. The scheme involved using Arus Murni Berhad formerly known as Timuran Berhad, a company listed on the Main Board of KLSE as the holding company. I approached the following banks to help syndicate the loan for the purchase of KUBB shares costing above RM400 million. 1. Hong Leong Bank 2. Hong Leong Finance 3. Sime Bank 4. RHB Bank 5. Southern Bank 6. BSN Commercial Bank. Faiz Abdullah is a very clever ghost writer and a political operator for Datul Seri Anwar Ibrahim. He is also a lawyer, ex-journalist and ex-Special Branch police officer.

    13. My involvement with Tong Kooi Ong and “Master Account” in furtherance of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s instructions landed me in trouble with the law. On 16th September 1999, I was charged with failing to disclose truthfully information on Ben Harta Sdn Bhd shares and 51 of its properties allegedly held for my benefit totalling RM23.9 million.

    14. I must state that I never knew the two gentlemen purportedly to be the shareholders of Ben Harta Sdn Bhd i.e. Gan Hong Sin @ Lan Hong Sing and Gan Sor Ting. Tong Kooi Ong did indicate to me that this company holds property and shares as part of the scheme to raise funds for Datuk Seri Anwar. I have never been shown or seen the books of the Master Account handled by Tong Kooi Ong. I am not aware of any shares held by Ben Harta on my behalf, nor the locations of the 51 properties allegedly also held on my behalf, except one (1) apartment and one (1) bungalow which I was entrusted to maintain for purpose of investment and to be later sold for the Master Account.

    15. I strongly believe that wrong information has been given to the authorities implicating me with Ben Harta Sdn Bhd. I point my finger at Tong Kooi Ong and the two shareholders of Ben Harta. They have implicated me to save their own skin.

    16. Apart from the properties held under Ben Harta Sdn Bhd, I also know that a few properties have been bought for investment under the Master Account and for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s future personal use. These properties located around Kuala Lumpur are valued at about RM15 million.

    17. As regards the damaging policies adopted by BNM following the economic recession in July 1997, I must categorically state that I was opposed strongly to these policies. I opposed the “Legal Lending Limit”, the reduction of NPLs (non-performing loans) from 6 months to 3 months, the “Credit Crunch” introduced in October 1997 and the Higher Rate of Interest. These were all policies endorsed and adopted by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. A few concerned BNM officers/executives and I tried to halt these policies from being implemented. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim even censured me for speaking out against these policies. He accused me of being “too close to the market”. I now realise that these harsh measures were Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s political plan to crush the economy and bring Malaysia to its knees in order to invite in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to over? the Prime Minister’s position.

    18. Following my arrest and my subsequent resignation as Executive Director of RHB Bank Berhad I have thought over my involvement with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and have come to realise that what I have done, though as I said earlier was forced upon me as one of the Executives in BNM, is indeed very regrettable. I now realise that I have been exploited and made use of by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to hold assets for his political and personal use and benefit. These assets including those held under Ben Harta, do not belong to me. As such, it is up to the Government to take the necessary legal action in respect of their disposal, including forfeiture if permissible.

    19. I now call upon all peace loving and loyal citizens of Malaysia to reject all the political manoeuvres by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his supporters and instead support all the economic and fiscal efforts to bring back the economic well being of the country. I am ever ready and willing to go public to denounce the improprieties and machinations of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in furtherance of his political ambitions that are indeed detrimental to national peace, security and political stability.

    20. In conclusion I state in unequivocal terms that this Press Conference/Release made by way of Statutory Declaration was made by me voluntarily, without any inducement, threat or promise or coercion fro many quarter, nor in return for any favours or special treatment in connection with the charge that I am now facing AND I make this solemn declaration conscientiously, believing the same to be true and by virtue of the Statutory Declaration Act, 1960.

    Signed by the above named
    Dato’ Abdul Murad bin Khalid

    28 October 1999.

  11. bisu says:

    Meow,

    I take note that the SD which you posted stated the person has ‘personal knowledge’ of anwar’s wrongdoing then as against RPK’s ‘heresay’ SD.

    Why don’t you send this SD to ACA for their investigation.

    Ibat,

    Anwar only have to deny the substance by swearing that he did not put his d*** into saful’s b***. Consensual or not, sodomy is still an offence under the Penal Code, in Islam and Christianity.

  12. Antares says:

    Bisu and Meow (how appropriate) are undoubtedly hellbent on poisoning the public perception of Anwar Ibrahim and PKR through catty comments on the shadier aspects of Anwar’s activities during his long stint as an Umno bigwig – which ended unceremoniously on 2 September 1998. Believe me, one does not get to become a bigwig in Umno unless one plays the Umno capitalist crony game. I don’t doubt that Anwar was able to master the game while nursing his ambition for the PM’s job. One thing we know about Anwar is that he has never concealed his single-minded drive to get to the very top in his political career. It would appear that some force of destiny compels him towards that eventuality. Now, take a person like myself who has never hobnobbed with bankers, political lobbyists and big-time entrepreneurs. Could you imagine that I would survive even three months in that sort of dense and polluted milieu? I’d probably end up throwing a Jesus-chasing-the-merchants-from-the-temple tantrum – which would immediately lose me my support base amongst the business community. That’s why I believe Anwar’s tainted past is actually an asset if he’s to become PM. This means he is no Pollyanna and knows the ins and outs of those Grey Zones where business and politics overlap. No way anybody could understudy Mahathir for 16 years and not know every trick in the book – and several not yet written about! So why am I not worried that Anwar will revert to his old Umno ways and become as bad as any other Umno creep? Very simple. In the last 10 years Anwar has grown very close to Kit Siang, Karpal, Nik Aziz, Guan Eng, and PRM stalwarts Syed Husin Ali, Sivarasa Rasiah, and Tian Chua. The bond between them is genuine and based on mutual respect and affection. When Anwar was DPM who were the people he hung out with? Other wheelers and dealers, big-time hustlers and corporate whores.
    These days, surrounded by hardcore socialists like the DAP flers, PASmen with intelligence and integrity like Nik Aziz and Husam Musa, and flanked by a powerful wife and gorgeous daughter… do you honestly think Anwar will be allowed to stray from his chosen course?
    Six years in prison is plenty of time for Anwar to sort out the kinks in his programming and clarify his life purpose and political agenda.

  13. ibat says:

    Bisu,

    You said “Consensual or not, sodomy is still an offence under the Penal Code, in Islam and Christianity”. Agreed. So, the charge now against anwar is consensual in nature, then saiful was also an offender and not a victim. But this ran contra to his report alleging sodomised against his will (so it was reported..no one, not even the accused anwar have seen the police report yet). That’s bothering me.

    I maintain anwar does not have to swear a denial outside of the court. And I say this not because he is anwar but because of the discripencies in what was reported i.e. assault which turns out to be consensual according to the charge (plus saiful lied about not knowing anwar was going to stand..a person who lied is a lier, isn’t he?) makes anwar swearing to be a moot point.


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