Will Anwar bring about the miracle that Malaysia badly needs?

Hope is flickering across the land ahead of Anwar Ibrahim’s palace audience on Tuesday. JD Lovrenciear writes.

Between now and 13 October 2020, the nation’s pulse will pick up speed. 

Since Anwar Ibrahim’s media statement confirming he has been granted an audience with the King on 13 October, the nation is suddenly abuzz. Hope is flickering from kopitiams to warongs to corporate corridors – and among political parties. 

Many are looking to him to bring on a miracle to save the nation, which has been embroiled in a political mess since the Dr Mahathir Mohamad failed to keep his handover promise. 

Many are hoping Anwar will have the required number of MPs to form a legitimate government so that corruption, which the Reformasi movement has been battling with, can be dealt a devastating blow. This would return the country to a semblance of normalcy. 

The hope is for a just, fair and peaceful nation that does not nosedive with politicking but thrives on the politics of democracy. 

Since the backdoor coup of February 2020, the people’s hopes, which have been dashed, have been in hibernation owing to the ongoing pandemic.  

But on 13 October, hope will flicker again, as the people – and other nations in the region and beyond – will be looking in that same direction, where hope lies.  

Will Anwar disappoint us? Or will he bring about the miracle that Malaysia now needs more than ever? 

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John Weatherley
John Weatherley
13 Oct 2020 6.41am

I would like to see a stable government in Malaysia where people can do business without having to worry about elected politicians trying to tear the profits from hard working people. Are there no honest people in Malaya who could run the country without without tearing the guts out of it?

Webe
Webe
11 Oct 2020 9.30pm

Actually, AI is as [tainted] as the rest but then it’s good to be able to kick the backdoor out just for the Lol’s!

ZulAzlan
ZulAzlan
11 Oct 2020 7.11pm

Anwar previously said that the main reason on why he’s approaching MPs, including those from “geng ponorogo” and “geng bossku” within UMNO for supporting him as next PM is to regain the mandate that has been stolen from the rakyat. Since UMNO together with BN had been rejected by the rakyat during 14th GE, then isn’t accepting UMNO MPs into the newly-minted “Pakatan Anwar” govt is akin to betraying the rakyat’s wish of ending UMNO-BN rule? or does party-hopping okay and morally correct as long as it is initated by the PH?

Cyril Pereira
Cyril Pereira
11 Oct 2020 2.11pm

After all these years, it is amazing that the non-Malays so desperately pin their hopes on Anwar Ibrahim. He was not, is not, and never will be, the answer to the non-Malay dilemma. His dismal racial & religious supremacy record while in power is clear. He will trade anything for power. He used BERSIH to regain political relevance. He sidled up to Zakir Naik. The heartland Malays reject him. There is no space in Malayan politics for any leader unable to gain the support of the majority Malays. That is the stark reality of populist democracy. Wake-UP!

Ronald
Ronald
11 Oct 2020 1.25pm

Right and wrong depends on which political coalition one supports. The writer has fallen into the trap. Ends justify the means politics of Anwar Ibrahim. The fact is the musical chairs with unprincipled MPs who would hold the real power, will make much desired changes piece meal and even probably academic. Who are this MPs?

Gursharan Singh
Gursharan Singh
11 Oct 2020 11.24am

Worldwide every politician promises that that only that politician and their group are all honest-integrity-ethics and will serve the people.
QUESTION IS – HOW MANY HAVE THESE QUALITIES?
History shows that most politicians may practise cronyism & nepotism and people cease to matter. GOVERNMENT IN POWER THEN MAY BECOME A GAME & LOYALTIES TRADED AS A COMMODITY WITH THE THE HIGHEST BIDDER GETTING LOYALTY RESULTING IN NEGOTIATIONS TO SHARE THE SPOILS.
VICTIMS MAY BE THE ORDINARY CITIZENS WITH OPTION TO DECIDE AS TO WHO WILL DEFRAUD THEM. ‘WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED TO CHANGE’ AS ALL POLITICIANS WERE DESCRIBED IN ONE ESSAY AS ‘LEACHES OF THE SAME SPECIES’.
MAY ALMIGHTY SAVE BUT PRAYER ALSO MAY BE A FALLACY
Bless all

Lim Siew Lan
Lim Siew Lan
11 Oct 2020 8.07am

Muhyddin style and mode of governance is hand out the carrots. Billions spent in hand outs. Coronavirus Covid19 is not the first pandemic . Everynow and then, there arise in the human realm a dis-ease similar to the current Coroanavirus Covid19 ie SARs, Nipah virus, JE = Japanese Encephalitis, SARs still exist , so tak kan government needs to continie give handouts plunging the country in how billion deficit as a result of the free handouts style of governance just to contimue fetch votes for himself.

Nothing has been done in the last 8 months of TSMY’s administration besides free handouts.

My 2 cents

loyal malaysian
loyal malaysian
11 Oct 2020 6.50am

JD, I hope I will be proven wrong.
But I think the audience in the 13th Oct… Anwar (may) be advised to be patient, to wait till GE15 to take down the backdoor govt. And, Anwar will play the loyal and obedient subject, announces to the rakyat he is withdrawing his petition to unseat the backdoor PM.
Perhaps, it is a win-win situation, Anwar does not have the numbers now after the Sabah state elections result?