I want to reproduce some articles I read throughout the years which can shed some light on the political character of YB Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. I would like to start with this article. Enjoy reading. Note: If you come across interesting article about YB Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's political life especially during his hey day as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of BN government, and would like to publish here in my blog, send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org. Muchas Gracias!
This article is taken from blogsite of a prominent blogger named "Jebat Must Die". The article is part of the THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ANWAR CHRONICLE written by JMD.
There’s something about Anwar Ibrahim
We shall start off with this pantun;
“Angkut angkut terbang ke langit,
sampai di langit dimakan merbah,
biar bertangkup bumi dan langit,
setia hamba tidak berubah.”
Those were the words of an Umno Deputy President during an Umno General Assembly in the not too distant past. During the good old days some would havereckoned. Datuk Seri Anwar IbrahimPublish Post verbalized his undivided loyalty towards his mentor, Datuk Seri (now Tun) Dr Mahathir Mohamad by reciting this pantun at the end of the Umno General Assembly in 1996. The affection being shown at that time by the PM towards his successor was for all to see. Only the most clairvoyant among us can predict what could have been unfold in the next two years after the pantun was recited and immortalized in the annals of Umno history.
“The prodigal son and the father figure”
This fiery pantun, which embodied an absolute and undying loyalty of a man towards his President no matter what may come, had been truly forgotten by Anwar Ibrahim as he became the fiercest critic to the very same person he held in very high regard several years ago.
In 1996, Anwar was seen as Umno’s heir apparent to Dr Mahathir. Now, in 2008, Anwar is still perceived as heir apparent and prime minister in waiting to the current PM albeit from another political party. Who is Anwar Ibrahim? How did he came about to be what he is today? A political reformer? The people’s saviour? An opportunist? A power hungry extremist?
In order to know a person, we need to know his character, his current idealogy, his belief system, his principles or as some may say it, his ‘centre of being’. We study this, and then we reflect on all his actions through the years we’ve known him during the height of his power, and only then we can gauge what kind of a man he is. As what Abraham Lincoln once said – “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power”.
Read the above pantun again. Has the earth and the sky flipped over each other?
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