Anwar “Check-Mated”?

(A fighter to the end – Anwar at a press conference. Image source: The Malaysian Insider)

It certainly looks so at the current moment…

The police after several weeks of high and low “dramas” have made their move – they have served the summons to Anwar to appear at the court tomorrow.

Malaysiakini (at 12.38 pm, 6th August) reported this:-

PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim today said he had been informed he would be formally charged with sodomy tomorrow – a crime punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment.

Well, it is bound to happen anytime – and it boils down to not only on the sodomy charges but also on Anwar becoming a MP and thereafter the PM. The deadline that Anwar mentioned on changing the Government is just about a month from now. And the way one look at it, there is 2 ways of stopping Anwar from becoming a MP:-

1. Placing the entire government election machinery for the Permatang Pauh by-election (which many says Anwar will win anyway)

2. Formally charge Anwar with the sodomy charge and get him out of the picture and be busy defending his case (Anwar can still win his seat).

There is a general feeling that the sodomy move is political in nature, “cooked” by those to lose the most if Anwar is in power. On the outside, it certainly looks like so.

Probably this is why Anwar in his press conference said:-

Today the Prime Minister faces a crisis of confidence. His approval ratings have plummeted since the March elections and senior members of the Barisan Nasional have joined Pakatan Rakyat in droves. The economy under his abysmal management has reached its lowest in decades and all signs point to further weakening.

And just yesterday prominent UMNO members have initiated an investigation into his own involvement in corruption and money politics.

This is a man under siege – and he sees no way out but to deflect the attention of the Malaysian people with a sham trial against me.

He is now burning the forest to save his own tree!

The voice of the opposition and the people is certainly much stronger after the general election and we can just hope that the justice system is fairer to Anwar this time than the time in 1998. And no matter what happens to Anwar, Pakatan Rakyat should remain strong and united.

Remember, there is still an election to be won – the last thing Anwar & Pakatan Rakyat needs now is a distraction.

Read also RPK’s “Shafee Abdullah: sodomologist extraordinaire” for another story behind the case against Anwar.

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