Thursday, January 22, 2015

ANWAR VS NAJIB : "Nothing Is Impossible In Malaysian Politics"

PETALING JAYA: Will Anwar and Najib kiss and make up? One analyst thinks we might see this happening soon.

Shahbudin Husin, in a blog posting commenting on the favourable coverage the Opposition Leader has lately been getting in the pro-Najib media, even speculates that PKR might abandon Pakatan Rakyat and join hands with Umno. He paints Anwar in an uncomplimentary light, which he has rarely done.

He says Najib needs the support of someone as popular as Anwar to help him keep his hold on power – which is getting more tenous every day – and Anwar needs Najib to escape prison for alleged sodomy.

He observes that Anwar’s long-time enemies – Mahathir Mohamad and Daim Zainuddin – have now become Najib’s enemies and this is why they may have come together.

“It’s known that Anwar still longs for power,” he writes. “If Najib is willing to share power with him and ensure that he does not go to prison, it’s not a big problem for Anwar to return the favour with his support.

“With Mahathir and Daim continuing to attack him, Najib probably fears that he will lose all hope of holding on to power if Anwar is sent to prison. He knows only Anwar has what it takes to help him face Mahathir and Daim.”

Shahbudin figures that with Anwar in Najib’s camp, BN can hope to regain non-Malay votes in the urban and semi-urban areas as well as among youths.

If the two really make up and BN and “Anwar’s team” form a unity government, he says, then Anwar is likely to get the Deputy Prime Minister’s job, with some members of his team, such as Nurul Izzah, Rafizi Ramli and Shamsul Iskandar, taking up Cabinet posts.

“Although he won’t be Prime Minister, it’ll still enough of a victory for Anwar,” he adds.

“Furthermore, with the split in Pakatan Rakyat getting ever more serious, Anwar’s hope for power through that coalition is getting dimmer every day.”

 Reformis Saribas

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