I have the numbers (and more). You scared or not?

UPDATE: The press conference at 2pm Malaysian time came and went. Anil Netto has a more concise overview of what transpired. Read HERE. Incidentally, it seems that NST has chosen to title their article “No names. No list. No crossovers. Anwar fails to form next government.”

No need to continue reading the body of the article, it might seem. It’s all there in the title, which seems rather too conclusive. I’m a little lost on whether it is a news report, or an editorial, or a commentary, because the entire article is riddled with ‘if’s.

But technically the gist of the PC, which I watched online, also thanks to Anil, is that Anwar has sent a letter to Pak Lah requesting for a meeting to discuss “transition of power”, not unlike the one between Pak Lah and Najib. Meaning, Anwar has sent the ball flying into Pak Lah’s side of the court.

So, is a new Malaysia born on 916? I’m afraid not. A few days, or a few weeks after this? We’ll have to wait and see.

But a major question would be, what if Pak Lah refuses to play ball a.k.a. grant permission for the meeting?

A text message from Christopher, who’s doing such a wonderful favour for me in keeping me updated, said:

Pakatan leaders to seek audience with the king should PM decline to meet them to discuss a smooth power transition – PKR’s Tian Chua

A more up-to-date email from Chris sets the deadline to be within this week.

So whatever it is, 916 is now. It is today. And it will come to pass relatively uneventfully. But will the wheels be kept in motion? Will the waves keep on rolling? Will the support continue?

Or will Anwar lose credibility?

We’ll have to wait and see.


Earlier I wrote:
Today is 16 September 2008. Malaysia is officially 45 years of age today. Politically, it is Anwar’s D-Day.

I woke up to an sms text this morning which I received from Christopher. His text read:

Anwar Ibrahim told a mammoth rally tonight in Kelana Jaya Stadium that he had the numbers to form a new government 2moro & will be calling for a PC.

I jumped out of bed.

After having read some of the news articles on the Star, Malaysian Insider, and other blog posts, seems like my initial conclusion after reading the text was more than just jumping “out of bed”, it was a little “jumping the gun”.

Anwar said that he has the numbers. He’s been saying that for the past… I don’t know, 2 months? He said that again yesterday. Okay, so what’s new?

Only difference is, today is D-Day. The deadline that he set for himself and Pakatan Rakyat to form the new government. Will it happen today?

I don’t think so. Or perhaps, it was Anwar who said that he won’t be Prime Minister TODAY. He said something along the lines of meeting with Pak Lah to ensure a smooth transition. Sounds vaguely like the “power transition” between Pak Lah and Najib…

It sounds a little like “I got the numbers Pak Lah, you takut or not?”. Funny, because it was also yesterday, albeit earlier than Anwar’s speech in Kelana Jaya, that Pak Lah and Najib agreed yet again to the power transition to happen in 2010.

Did Anwar “cut-line”? (‘cut-line’ was an expression we used in school, which is equivalent to jumping queue)

But anyway, don’t want to speculate too much. All I’m waiting for now is the Press Conference. And I hope he says much more than just “I have the numbers”. He has reiterated this long enough for it to be a mantra.

Enough of talk. Today is D-Day. Let’s see some action.

*In case anyone’s confused with what I’m writing today, don’t be. I’m still all for the forming of a new government. It’s time for change.

9 Comments on “I have the numbers (and more). You scared or not?”

  1. LightsInTheDistance says:

    Hi, Michelle. Went to the gathering at Kelana Jaya yesterday. Reached there around 10pm, and expected a full stadium but was a little disappointed with the attendance. A friend of mine who got there first even joked that today will be a holiday.

    There is no confusion on your part. He said the same thing yesterday. Do agree that his “I have the numbers” have become a mantra of sorts but let us see what he is going to do today. Enough of talks already and hopefully time to affect the change.

  2. KevinP says:


    I would love to be proven wrong in this… but I still believe Anwar does not have enough Malay MPs on his side.

  3. Sha says:

    I really want a change of Government, but I don’t think this is going to happen now. Somehow I don’t see the BN MPs crossing the floor as this will be against their self interest. If it’s true that PR has the numbers than this should have just been done quietly without forward warning to the Government. DSAI & PR should not have talked and talked and talked about it thereby scaring Sleepy (Bohdawi), Dopey (Botak), Greedy (KJ), and all the rest. This resulted in the Government doing nasty things to nice people like Teresa Kok, RPK and the Sin Chew reporter. Giving so much notice of intentions is not a good strategy (neither in business nor war). It can affect one’s credibility if goals are not met.

  4. LightsInTheDistance says:

    Just would like to share this article i read, comparing Anwar with the great John F.Kennedy.

    Anwar and JFK: Idealists without Illusions at http://ctchoolaw.blogspot.com/

    You take care now.
    Thanks for the link. Will go check it out.

  5. LightsInTheDistance says:

    On another note, from de minimis’ blog, was diverted to former PM’s blog. Much as i hate reading his thoughts (never read any of his writings in his blog before), could not help but check out what’s his latest rambling was.

    So, it was no surprise what he wrote in this piece: http://test.chedet.com/che_det/2008/09/malay-unity-and-malaysian-unit.html#more

    Do check it out, if not anything, but to affirm our long-held belief that this person is wholly responsible for the thoughts of so many of our people who chose to believed in his words. If you have time on your hand, you could try to analyze a little and come out with your more intelligent (i’m sure) counterpoints to all of his 26 points there.

    Case in point; No.14: “We had opted for democracy and popularity decides who rules the country. Those who reject racialism simply lost popular support. But those who embrace racialism won.” – hmm, did not Anwar, who rejected ‘racialism’ won the PP by-election by popular support? Or was the election there rigged?

    Which leads us to point No.15: “They are not racists (meaning those who ’embraced’ racialism such as the writer, i’m sure). The leaders of the different races were, at least in the beginning, able to get along well with each other…But they had to be very conscious of their racial backing and to cater to racial demands.” – hmm, he chose to differentiate ‘racialism’ and ‘racism’, which are synonymous according to the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition.

    Reading deeper, you will see that, to him, a ‘racist’ and a ‘racialist’ are as different as day and night. He’s implying that he’s a racialist at heart, and not a racist.

    Point 20 really irks. “As the self-proclaimed non-racists attacked Malay racialism, the feeling among the Malays hardened. Openly the Malays have not attacked Chinese racialism as manifested by their practical rejection of the use of the National language, their rejection of the National schools, their Malaysian Malaysia slogan. If they do it would be muted and certainly not as blatant as non-Malay attacks against Malay racialism.” – what he failed to see was the Chinese did not reject the use of Bahasa Melayu and the National School, but simply the importance of preserving our own mother-tongue. Just like the other races are proud of their own native tongue but that does not mean we reject our national language or even suggest, as he did, that we’re racialist (or racist for that matter). This argument does not hold altogether.

    But, to most of us both the terms are the same and could be used interchangeably, or am i mistaken here? Someone enlighten me on this.

    As for the comments written there, well it is sad that many concur with what he wrote. Think i better put on some good music now…

    You take care ya.
    It’s interesting that you brought this up, because I was just talking about this article with my dad yesterday. Though I don’t agree with a lot of what he writes on his blog, there are other times when I simply cannot deny the brains in this man.

    I won’t be “deconstructing” his post, though I may write something related, when I have the time.


  6. LightsInTheDistance says:

    Sorry to ‘disturb’ but read news that Anwar has more than 31 MP’s in his list now.

    Why do you say ‘disturb’? Leave as many comments and links as you wish, I appreciate them!

    And yup, I watched the live telecast on the internet of Anwar’s PC. ‘Tis true he said he has ‘more than enough’.

  7. Muhammad Firdaus Christopher says:

    I’m utterly disappointed….

    Still PM in waiting?
    SEPT 16 – No matter how you cut it, today was a bad day for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
    Watch this date, Sept 16, he has been telling Malaysians. I will take power by Sept 16, he kept repeating.
    Now, he says his Pakatan Rakyat (PR) alliance is ready to take power, and that it has the support of more than the required 31 Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs for it to form the federal government.
    But he will not do it yet. He has a list of names which he will show only to the prime minister so that a smooth handover of power can be negotiated.
    One should always call a spade a spade. In this case, Anwar’s claim is a game of charades which is being inflicted on this country.
    If he has the support there is no reason to believe he would not show the list of names to all Malaysians.
    For all those Malaysians who felt their intelligence insulted by Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar when he said Sin Chew Daily journalist Tan Hoon Cheng had been arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for her own protection, here is another one courtesy of Anwar.
    But more than an insult, what Anwar attempted today is an insult to all right thinking Malaysians who yearn for reform, and who have placed their hopes in Anwar and his PR alliance of parties.
    Today represents a hammer-blow to the credibility of Anwar and his allies.
    Malaysians who voted for PR parties in the March elections wanted change. Many were fed up with what they perceived to be the widespread corruption and arrogance of the BN government.
    The strong message sent to the BN government also revived the flagging relevance of Anwar.
    Anwar, ever the ambitious politician, smelled blood and instinctively went for the kill.
    But his failure to deliver has inflicted a serious wound on the opposition parties. It is a question of credibility.
    No one demanded that the PR alliance form the federal government by Sept 16.
    Anwar made the pledge.
    To be fair, the DAP and PAS tried to distance themselves from the pledge, but was eventually persuaded in the name of unity to endorse the idea.
    This is not to say Anwar will never become the prime minister of a PR federal government.
    It did not happen today. Politics is such that it can happen on another date.
    Questions must now be asked, though, about what Anwar is putting the country through, although the BN parties are also to be blamed for the political uncertainty Malaysia is experiencing.
    But the PR parties and Anwar are supposed to be better. They were supposed to be different from BN. Better even.
    As September drew nearer, the question on everyone’s lips was will it happen?
    After today, the question may be when will all these games end?
    Just curious Chris, are you disappointed with the article? Or disappointed with the turn of events?

  8. Drachen says:

    If you listen to some of the comments on Malaysian Chinese talk radio you can get a hint of how the rakyat is really feeling. Using that as a gauge I am not surprise at all that AI has more than 30 MPs willing to cross over.

    But how do you prise power from BN’s grip peacefully? It’ll be very tricky. I think AI is taking a step by step approach. First go to AAB and see how he reacts. If he refuses to let go then maybe go to the King, I don’t know. Maybe after that go to the media.

    In the Kübler-Ross Grief Cycle, the stages are: Shock, Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance.

    Imagine AAB and BN going through the stages above. That’s why the hand over won’t happen in one day.

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