Saturday, May 15, 2010

Anwar Unmasked

Hantu Laut

There will be more of this where it is coming from.Anwar outwardly ethereal character has caught up with him.The article below appeared in a news portal, the Daily Caller that depicts him as a two-faced demagogue.

Upset the Jews, you'll soon find out, the pen, if not the gun, is mightier than the sword.

The art of deceiving D.C.

An outstanding example is Ahmed Chalabi, whose influence was critical to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He also raised millions of dollars from American taxpayers for his Iraqi National Congress. Now back in his native-Iraq, this Macchiavellian political survivor has re-invented himself as a staunch Shiite advocate and close ally of Iran. A sense of betrayal overwhelms many of his original supporters in Washington.

Another recent convert to the chameleon cause is Anwar Ibrahim. From 1993-98, Mr. Anwar served as Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. After losing a power struggle with Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamad, Anwar was removed from power and imprisoned. During his years of incarceration, Anwar became a cause célèbre for human rights advocates. After his release in 2004, Anwar hit the international circuit, which included stints at the World Bank and lecturing positions at Oxford University, Johns Hopkins and Georgetown. His official bio on one website described him as “one of the forefathers of the Asian Renaissance”, “a leading proponent of greater cooperation among civilizations” and “an authoritative voice in bridging the gap between East and West.”

Anwar has returned to Malaysian politics and serves in the opposition. While the foreign policy of Malaysia’s current government is fairly in tune with U.S. and western policy, Anwar has decided that pro-Western sentiment does not serve his current political interests. He has begun preaching a conspiratorial rhetoric of anti-American and anti-Semitic nature. Particularly since the Malaysian government hired an American communications firm, Anwar has suggested that Israeli spies are directly involved in the running of the Malaysian government. He claims that the recent meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia was arranged by the influential “Jewish-linked” company which has resulted in Malaysia subservience to the U.S.

These statements will obviously shock Mr. Anwar’s supporters in the West, which include former Vice President Al Gore. They will provoke questions: have Anwar’s words been taken out of context? Perhaps they can be subject to interpretation? Is one failing to read between the lines?

Anwar’s statements are blatantly clear and direct. His rhetoric represents an unmistakable case of raw political opportunism and much more. Although opportunism is an inevitable fact of politics, it also has its limits. Particularly when degenerating into unacceptable demagoguery with obvious racist overtones.

How did Anwar’s transformation from reformer to rabble-rouse occur? The reality is that he probably always held these views. Over the years, he just simply tailored his message to different audiences according to necessity. After all, Anwar served for five years as Deputy Prime Minister to Mahatir Mohamad, renowned for his anti-Western and anti-Semitic tirades. This alone should have immediately raised red flags and serious questions about his ideological allegiances. It is not uncommon for the Washington establishment to be ill-informed, naively overlook significant facts, or willingly brush them aside. In the international realm, the Beltway Bubble often prevails.

In future, greater caution and prudence is required when endorsing foreign champions, particularly those eagerly preaching a message favorable to Washington. Furthermore, the tendency to confer automatic sainthood and infallibility on the persecuted, or those claiming persecution, must be tempered. Pry more and do not give an easy ride. After all, Washington will inevitably see the likes of more Chalabis and Anwars.


Anonymous said...

I think this is one of the results of Najib's administration engaging PR company.

Now at least Anwar Ibrahim will not left unchecked in international scene anymore.

donplaypuks® said...

Ah ha, more evidence of where some of the RM 77 million paid to APCO by PM Najib went too!!

The Daily who? They would call anyone a two-faced demagogue including yourself, if paid hansomely to do so!

After all, PM Najib's Govt also paid over a million $ for an ad proclaiming Rosmah as M'sia's 'First Lady.' What an insult to our King and Queen and misuse of the Rakyat's hard earned money!!

we are all of 1 race, the Human Race

eddy said...

I don't know lah Bro dpp but I think this is more like a case of Anwar Ibrahim getting a big dose of his own bitter medicine and its about time the ruling Government do something really concrete like appointing APCO to counter Anwar's systematic campaign of disparaging Malaysia of the last couple of years.

However agree with you that the money spent on the NY ad proclaiming Rosmah as "First Lady" is a waste. Better to have tourism Malaysia ad showing Malaysia Truly Asia in all its glory. Some people just cannot stop membodek can they.

donplaypuks® said...


Fully agree with you. I have travelled overseas and it's astonishing how foreigners can recall that 'Malaysia, Truly Asia' jingle and tagline when I introduce myself as Malaysian.

Our Govt should know how to capitalise on a good thing when it works so well.

we are all of 1 race, the Human Race