I have the numbers (and more). You scared or not?Posted: September 16, 2008
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.