This might come out as shocking news, but Anwar Ibrahim is a politician born in 1947, and has been deputy prime minister. There is a fair certainty he will be the next prime minister.
I say surprising because the rancorous noise from his ardent supporters demanding those in the party and generally in the country, must do everything possible to ensure Anwar becomes the next prime minister, is threatening to present the new president of PKR as petulant to his countrymen.
Look how PKR politicians are expected to pledge they would vacate their parliamentary seats on demand, so Anwar can contest the by-election.
Look how some PKR leaders demand Azmin Ali and Zuraida Kamaruddin should raise their hands and scream the chorus “Take my seat, Anwar.”
Careful, Andrew Lloyd Webber is occupied and won’t do an Asian-accompaniment for Evita. It’s not even worth crying for, Malaysians.
I find myself exceptionally qualified to comment on this, because I can’t stand Mahathir Mohamad’s condescension, struggle with Azmin Ali’s “you are with us or against us” ethos and fall asleep when Rafizi Ramli has a declaration that he will soon make a declaration.
The Pakatan leaders are now in power, even if they are in opposite camps. Politics is not about being agreeable with each other, even in the same party.
People go into politics to gain power to change or to benefit themselves. Either way, they seek power, there is no currency without power. Writers like myself are banished to speculations, conjectures and condemnations, which is fine, there is a place for op-eds, they are not decrees from the heavens.
But seriously, how far is it to apply pressure on the 51 MPs in the PKR ranks via a trial by media to test their loyalty to the party president?
The members of PKR are expected to have loyalty to the party and what it stands for.
Maybe the president should use up the time to figure that out. I have heard so much about my PKR being the party of the masses, born from street protests.
And I say my, to underline the party belongs equally to members, and I say protesting masses because they just been told to accept RM1050 as the minimum wage.
Because if Malaysia was being described from a scene inside a country club, the members enjoying the beer and ice-tea are those from Umno, MCA, MIC and Pribumi for instance. The various vendors for the club, the SMEs, are DAP. PKR’s members are the people working in the club, that’s why it is the party of the masses.
[If you are wondering where PAS and Amanah are, they are at the gates protesting consumption and merriment, told apart by degrees of shouting.]
So you’d think PKR would be up in arms about the minimum wage snub.
But the party is busy being part of this government, so it has its prints on the policy. It is also busy with its party elections, and as the cherry on top, it has the celestial obligation to place Anwar’s ascension as its main occupation.
So, yes, in this period, this Malaysia Day countdown, it appears the welfare of not all Malaysians matter as much.
What matters is if PKR members forget their own challenges to put food on the table, and instead, not lose track of the job to pressure individual MPs to offer their resignation, so Anwar can win a by-election, go to Parliament, become a minister before prime minister.
You have to admit, the order is pretty messed up.
Maybe the best thing Anwar can do is to ask his attack dogs to back down, and he sits down in his home and write down his ideas on how to make the economy work for the poor, beginning with minimum wage. It would be useful to his members and his countrymen.
Maybe then, they’d cry out for him.