Source: The Choice
If Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim wasn’t so obsessed with Sabah lately, he would have more time to do other things. Like formulating policies, kicking PAS into line – the sort of essential measures we might expect of a man asking us to trust him if elected as Prime Minister at GE13.
But Anwar cannot get past Sabah, which he, for some reason, sees as a magic carpet ride to Putrajaya. He spent much of 2012 engineering defections to boots his chances in the state and then played the oil card – promising to boost the state’s oil revenues from five percent to 20 percent.
But it all went wrong for Anwar when his deal with SAPP imploded. For most rational politicians that would have been it. They would move on from the setback and get back to weightier matters. But Anwar is not among ‘most rational politicians‘.
In a last ditch effort to bring SAPP back into the fold, he promised to grant Sabah autonomy. In fact, it seems SAPP is insisting on it, with SAPP President Datuk Yong Teck Lee demanding that Anwar signs an undertaking to “accord autonomy to Sabah and to accept its state manifesto“.
This is where Anwar has ended up on the eve of GE13. Minor parties that know how desperate he is for their support can now publicly pressure him into signing over powers before they will play ball. And sadly, Anwar folds instantly, acceding to their demands.
Like so many of Anwar’s whims this latest idea hasn’t been thought through. Sabah State Reform Party (STAR) leader Jeffrey Kitingan says Anwar “doesn’t know what he was talking about or deliberately ignores the agreement, the promises and the assurances made by the Founding Fathers of Malaysia.”
He reminded Anwar that the autonomy for Sabah and Sarawak is “not a matter of federal policy” and Anwar’s plans “reflect his old Ketuanan Melayu mentality and attitude towards the East Malaysian States.”
Now you have been told, Anwar.
This latest shabby proposal again showcases Anwar’s desperation.
Just this week he was declared ‘Huguan Siou of Malaysia‘ (great leader of Malaysia) by the Kadazandusun. This involved Anwar dressing up in hats and robes that don’t befit him to assume a title that is factually incorrect.
The backlash was instant, with Anwar accused of showing “total disrespect” for accepting a title he should have politely declined and, for the record, the ceremony at which Anwar received the sash emblazoned with Huguan Siou was organised by PKR’s division in Ranau. It was yet another stage-managed party affair.
Time is running out for Anwar to give up his Sabah obsession. Already it is taking up too much of his time and energy and if he really wants to be a big fish in the state perhaps he should relinquish his national ambitions and run for the state assembly. He might even like it better?
He should also remember that the real “great leader” of Malaysia is the Prime Minister and that position isn’t decided at a stage-managed ceremony in Sabah.