Friday, August 1, 2008

Sodomy trial and by-election campaign

The by-election campaign in Permatang Pauh and the sodomy trial, if Anwar Ibrahim is charged, could very well run together. This is the scenario Anwar is bracing for and certainly the media as well. With public perception against the sodomy allegations, Anwar would probably use the issue to his advantage, dismissing it as a conspiracy against his political career - which he has already started. He would use the by-election as a referendum on the allegations. The only thing holding back is that it would be sub judice to discuss any thing related to the trial. But in the heat of a campaign, where anything goes, it would be difficult to stop any discussions, particularly on the Internet. Anwar has certainly moved fast, making preemptive moves, as the Attorney-General's Office dragged its feet on the case. In fact, Anwar does not even need to campaign in Permatang Pauh, which is virtually his fortress. After all, he was the MP in that constituency. He can still attend court hearing and stroll through the by-election with a victory. ISA detainees have won elections without even being present during nominations. Najib Tun Razak has given an honest assessment by saying it would be a tough by-election. Anwar's return to the Dewan Rakyat looks inevitable.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

You left out - Anwar going to jail is also inevitable.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't bet on a quick by-election date. Maybe, the EC will set Sep 29 as the date?

BlueMoon said...

It is unthinkable that Anwar will lose. Judging by the last election then the Malaysian loves their 'autas' more than the rule of laws.

bennyloh said...


BUTT'S RAGE ALONGSIDE BY-ELECTION FEVER!

rania razak said...

surprised. wife resigns to make way for hubby? this is not family politics betraying the people who elected her?

imagine someone in mca, mic or umno doing this. It will be all over the blogs on how corrupted this government is.

the people of Malaysia have truly gone into a dumb zone....sad but true.

we believe con artists at all costs and we kid ourselves that the ruling party are the con artists when the bigger one is the one who is gonna stand in permatang pauh.

what a mockery of and to democracy.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Anwar will win even if he is in prison. And put anybody from PR in Permatang Pauh, and PR will still win. Why? Because we are very fed up with UMNO. Enough of the political prosecution. Enough of the corruption. Enough of abusing our judicial system, abusing the power of the police, anough of the ISA, enough of the OSA, enough of racial tension, enough of land scams, enough of the abuses of the NEP, ...so mamy abuses!!! Even if you put a dog to run against UMNO in Permatang Pauh, the dog will still win. We want to send the message home to UMNO! UMNO will not dare to put a big name to run in Permatang Pauh, because they are afraid of losing face. They should put Saiful or Ezam to run there, so we can whip their arse.

Anonymous said...

Now UMNO-BN is too scared to run against Anwar in Permatang Pauh, for fear of being humiliatd. hey know the rakyat will punish UMNO for the Sodomy farce, the Altantuya kangaroo court, the corruption and the tainted Judicial system, as well as the petrol price increase. UMNO is calling for a boycott of the by-election to avoid a humiliation. SHAME on UMNO!

Anonymous said...

Now all eyes and ears are on the sodomy farce and permatang pauh by-election. We seem to have forgotten about the Altantuya case and why the big VIPs and key witnesses are not called to testify in court. And we have forgotten about "correct correct correct". Even the petrol price trauma is ot getting much MSM coverage these days. But for samy velu, things are coming back to haunt him again with the MRR2 showing cracks again. As for MCA, the silence is getting more and more deafening. MCA needs to speak up if it wishes to remain relevant.

Anonymous said...

Besides registering Anwar as candidate, I think PR should also register one monkey as a spare candidate in case UMNOgomen finds some stupid excuse to disqualify DSAI, or put him in prison on the eve of registration. One can never rule out the F@#$*&^ UMNO foul plays. If Anwar is disqualfied for any reason, we wanna vote for the monkey to spite UMNO, and to drive home the message that even monkeys are better than the UMNO people.
ABU

amoker said...

If People in UMNO, MIC or MCA does this, will salute them. Instead of building a political dynasty, the Anwar family have decided to stay status quo.

ChrisSh said...

ChunWai,

Rakyat is not voting for Anwar.
They are just voting for CHANGE.
Not much better choice other than Anwar...

UMNO never seems to say & do the right thing. Frankly, Rakyat is fedup of feudalism mentality of UMNO warlords. Professionalism is the word.

"Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done"
~Anonymous