My post on subprime politicians elicited a comment lambasting PKR. It comes from a visitor who calls himself Ketam. The vigorous sarcasm contained therein is directed at Anwar Ibrahim himself. This shows that Anwar Ibrahim is full of contradictions. He can count on uninhibited adulation from his supporters, but he can also draw out intense animosity and dislike.
There is another reason why I did not want to delete ketam’s comment. I wanted to use his entry as a window for me to write something on PKR. While I may not express my opposition to Anwar’s politics like the commentator who calls himself Ketam does, I can as owner of this blog space, provide the forum into which, criticisms to Anwar and PKR can be deposited. My own take on the politics of Anwar and PKR is as follows:-
Always the acid test is performance. Not promises. The thousands of UMNO supporters and the rakyat look at performance not promises. PKR is a do nothing party that makes promises. They won seats not because people are thoroughly convinced what they stand for. But because UMNO gave them victory by default.
Ask any PKR politician, what does the party stand for? Social justice, reform of the judiciary, the law enforcers, distributive justice and so forth. Balderdash. These things are also spoken by UMNO leadership. Correcting the defects and abuses is not the monopoly of PKR.
The PKR congress is just an upgraded jamboree. It has all the trappings of one. The carnival like atmosphere, thousands of Sandinista or should I say, Anwarista delegates, entertainment provided for by people including the master bull-shitter himself, may stir up the hearts here and there. And yes, many would achieve that elusive orgasm that night as Anwar Ibrahim gyrated sexily with his seductive words. He is a master at that.
The PKRians love sitting on the moral high ground safe in the knowledge that since they will never form a government, they won't have to implement their policy positions. In a world of shades of grey, they see things in black and white.
So, I don’t know whether to LOL listening to their women’s wing pontificating that PKR legislators sign a pledge to resign if they are involved in immoral activities. It is high delusion to imagine that one is insulated from moral decay just by creating a righteous wall through a very public and even showy public declaration of moral uprightness. Is this a kind of political pre-nuptial agreement? Shall we start with the PKR advisor first, ladies?.
And what does PKR means when they said they want to relook/reinstate rulers immunity? Ours is a constitutional monarchy- meaning it’s a limited monarchy. It is limited by the constitution. The guardian of the constitution must stay with parliament.
So when PKR says it is for constitutional monarchy, that’s nothing new nor revolutionary. It has always been like that. If I were to be aggrieved in a criminal sense, I certainly wouldn’t want any royalty to claim immunity from my right to seek redress. I certainly believe that as in the Constitutional Monarchy in the
The Malays do indeed need a social revolution, but the pace of that revolution is not determined in the centre. It wont be determined in Bukit Segambut either. It will be determined by the Malays in the Kampungs. Similarly, the revolutionary hot air that Anwar and PKR want to carry out, is not going be determined by a congregation of bourgeois activists in the cities.