Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Sodomy Two Begins
Nine years ago, as Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrived in town to attend the Commonwealth Games, another drama was unfolding in the capital - Anwar Ibrahim was sacked as Deputy Prime Minister. Dr Mahathir Mohamad described the sacking as a "minor distraction" at a press conference following the sacking. Thousands of Anwar supporters turned up at Dataran Merdeka on Sept 20, 1998, to protest against his arrest, shortly after the Queen left the church nearby. Fast forward, as the world gears up for the Beijing Olympic Games on Aug 8, 2008, we are making world news again with Anwar to be charged for sodomy tomorrow. Sodomy II begins on Friday. It's going to be a messy affair for sure. More dirt, more sordid details will crop up during the trial. It won't be good. Anwar has reiterated that it's a conspiracy and the charges are framed-up, aimed at stopping his career. There will be no winners at the end, only losers, whatever the outcome. For a start, the odds against the Barisan Nasional is even greater in the Permatang Pauh by-election. Anwar wins the perception game, and unless, very compelling evidence comes up, the backlash against the government would be very strong. The Attorney-General's Chambers seems to have taken a bit of a time to get their case going. Plenty are at stakes here.