Anwar’s Port Dickson gambit

The Anwar-led Pakatan Harapan coalition must tackle some hard questions

Anwar’s PD move has put him and the coalition or hope government in something of a vulnerable corner, observes JD Lovrenciear.

The upcoming by-election in Port Dickson is already a much talked about concern among the public.

From keen political observers to uninitiated novices, many are expressing concern, while the online media are overflowing with comments.

Taking all expressed opinions into consideration, the one glaring truth that seems to hold out consistently is that few are against the hope of Anwar succeeding Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Even the collapsing Umno is said to be welcoming him.

What holds just as true is that people are divided on Anwar’s ‘Great PD Move’. Anwar’s decision may have been poorly timed. That could explain the anxiety and frustration among citizens and the damage control efforts by Anwar’s supporters and loyalists.

How Anwar came up with this strategy to get into the cabinet is anyone’s guess. It is unfathomable how he could have placed himself in this quagmire. Even with the foregone conclusion that he will win in the by-election, the modus operandi is likely to overshadow the outcome for some time to come.

For now, Mahathir has become the iconic leader for many Malaysians as well as in the eyes of the global community. The nation voted in a new government for many good reasons. This was also made possible by the gargantuan efforts by all the then opposition leaders including Anwar himself.

Many put their trust in Mahathir and were willing to put aside his past unsavoury stewardship as they looked to him to rescue the nation from a plundering government of six decades.

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Given this reality, Anwar’s PD move has put him and the coalition or hope government in something of a vulnerable corner. So why did he do it?

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