Legal obstacles may be placed in Anwar Ibrahim’s path, and any conviction will definitely throw a spanner in the works in the Kajang by-election, writes Henry Loh.
In our cover story, Maznah Mohamad analyses the recent proposal for Umno-Pas unity talks. A Pas-Umno ‘marriage’, she says, would have been nothing more than a marriage of convenience with disturbing consequences.
Such talk and the divisions it has created in Pas may have contributed to the party’s poorer showing in the recent Manek Urai by-election, suggests Anil Netto.
In our cover story, Anil Netto looks at life after the Kuala Terengganu by-election for the BN. The ruling coalition knows what it needs to do to survive; it has to push through major reforms to wipe our corruption and abuse of power to win back lost support. But is it capable of such reforms?
Someone who should know is Zaid Ibrahim. We have failed miserably in dealing with complex issues of society by resorting to a political culture of promoting fear and division amongst the people, he says.
Aliran has no problem in agreeing with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak that the special allocations given by the Federal Government to mosques and suraus in Permatang Pauh were “unique” because they were given “without the mosques and suraus making any request for them” (theSun, 22 August 2008).
Any responsible and reasoning Malaysian will inevitably conclude that if no request had been made for those allocations, it must be because there was no need for funds. If there were a need for funds surely requests would have been made.
Barring massive electoral fraud, Anwar is one by-election and two weeks short of returning to Parliament. When he does, he’d be the Opposition Leader of a second coalition, says Khoo Boo Teik. After that people would want to know if he’d really form a new Federal government in mid-September as he has declared, promised, or threatened.