Source: The Mole
Observers view the impending by-election for the Kajang state seat as a selfish attempt to put an end to the feud between the Mentri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and Parti Keadilan Rakyat deputy president Azmin Ali.
Although Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had said in a statement that he was not eyeing the top position in Selangor, political analysts dismissed his denial and said that that could be the only reason Anwar wanted to contest in the by- election.
Universiti Utara Malaysia lecturer Mohd Faisol Keling said:
“Such action is obviously selfish and shows that Anwar has his own agenda for his political interest and it is not for the interest of the nation,” he told The Mole in a telephone interview.
Mohd Faisol was commenting on reports of Kajang assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh resigning from the Selangor Legislative Assembly on Monday to pave way for Anwar to contest.
Mohd Faisol said Anwar’s move to contest was definitely wasting a lot of public’s funds as the by- election was not necessary.
He however contended that the move was Anwar’s strategy to neutralise the feud between Khalid and Azmin.
“This will be one of his strategy to cool down the tense conflict between Khalid and Azmin,” Mohd Faisol said.
He added that it would be a good opportunity for Anwar to regain the people’s attention on Pakatan Rakyat and secure their support.
“From my perspective, this will be a platform for Anwar to garner support and strengthen his position even more,” he said.
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Associate Prof Dr Shamsul Adabi Mamat said Anwar’s move to contest in Kajang was to strengthen his position, adding that this was not the first time Anwar had resorted to such a move.
“It has happened before when Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah (Wan Ismail – Anwar’s wife and PKR president) had resigned as MP for Permatang Pauh to enable her husband to contest and be returned as an MP,” he said.
Dr Shamsul Adabi also said such a move was also to ensure his position would be more effective and to make sure Selangor become a stronger base for Pakatan, adding it would not be easy for Barisan National to re-capture the Selangor.
Universiti Sains Malaysia’s (USM) Social Science Studies lecturer Prof Dr Ahmad Atory Hussain however believed that it would not be a smooth road for Anwar to be the Mentri Besar of Selangor, as he needed the Sultan’s approval before he could assume the post.
“To be a Mentri Besar is not an easy task. Anwar has to get the consent of the Sultan first,” he said.
Dr Ahmad Atory also said that the Mentri Besar must be Selangor-born and as such it was unlikely that Anwar could change the rules; as all the previous Mentris Besar were Selangor-born.
He also said Anwar’s decision was bound to bring about negative reactions from all sides.
“There must be a hidden agenda for him to contest in this by- election; after all he has been critical of Khalid’s administration before this,” he said.
Lee Chin Cheh, who resigned as Kajang state assemblyman yesterday said the decision was made based on common interest and to strengthen the opposition’s ability to serve the people in Selangor.
Malay Mail reported that Azmin said Lee Chin Cheh’s resignation as Kajang State assemblyman was a tactical move to strengthen Pakatan’s hold on Selangor.
“It was a tactical move, we needed the seat to be vacated,” Azmin was quoted as saying.
“Khalid Ibrahim has laid a strong foundation for the past five years. But we should not be too complacent,” Azmin added.
Khalid Ibrahim had denied claims that he agreed to make way for Anwar to run Selangor.
Anwar memes making social media rounds
Source: Malaysian Insider
Internet memes poking fun at Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim have already sprouted, barely 24 hours after the opposition leader was announced as PKR’s candidate for Selangor’s Kajang seat.
One has a picture of the opposition leader with Kajang’s most famous product – satay – in the background with the caption “Jika saya memang dun kajang, harga satay akan turun” (If I win the Kajang seat, the price of satay will go down).
This was in reference to Anwar’s Pakatan Rakyat general election pledges where the opposition pact promised a slew of reduction in a number of services, from abolishment of toll rates to the federal education fund PTPTN.
Another meme has a picture of Anwar holding a bunch of satay sticks with the caption “Satay turun harga jika saya menang” (the price of satay to be reduced if I win) with the price reduced from the current RM1 a stick to 30sen a stick.
A meme is defined as an idea, behaviour or style that swiftly replicates and spreads from person to person within a culture. The memes are widely shared on social media. Anwar is not the first politician to be lamAnother Anwar meme. – The Malaysian Insider pic, January 29, 2014.Another Anwar meme. – The Malaysian Insider pic, January 29, 2014.pooned on the Internet.
Recently, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s kangkung remark, when he said Malaysians were ungrateful when the price of vegetables went down, was widely parodied, spawning jokes, videos and memes.
Following the shock resignation of Lee Chin Cheh from the mixed urban seat, Anwar was named as the party’s candidate, fuelling speculation that it was to pave the way for him to become the next menteri besar and to put a stop to the feud between his loyalist Azmin Ali and incumbent MB Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
However, Anwar fended off the MB claim, insisting that he was running as a state assemblyman in order to help strengthen Selangor Pakatan Rakyat’s performance in running the state and to build momentum for the coalition’s ambitions to take over federal power.
“This decision is for me to help improve the already stellar performance of the state administration under Abdul Khalid. “It is to make Selangor a base from which to launch our campaign to take over Putrajaya,” Anwar said yesterday.