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Wednesday January 16, 2013

Pakatan’s downward spiral is getting more obvious

NOTHING seems to be working for Pakatan these days. When it comes to facts and figures, leaders of the coalition find themselves embarrassed by their own words and actions.

It seems like the only thing they are good at is to mislead the rakyat into believing that they are living in a cruel, draconian world. Hence, calls to the streets for chaos and confrontation with the establishment seem to be their only weapon.

Two weeks ago, Anwar Ibrahim tried to mislead the rakyat on the FGV shares issue.

In his attempt to sound like an economics wizard, he called for cooperation between Malaysia and Indonesia in the oil and gas and palm oil industry. “We are part of Opec after all. I am not suggesting a cartel, but a synergy between these two countries would help immensely in alleviating the problem,” he said.

Maybe it’s his age; maybe it’s his ignorance. Malaysia has never been an Opec member, and we are already in talks with Indonesia to form a joint body that will seek to support prices by reducing stocks and controlling supply of palm oil. Planning and action are already in the pipeline, Malaysians have no use for rhetoric.

A week later, Pakatan had another hallucination. Prompted by the call by former Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, Pakatan leaders took centrestage to ask what happened to the RM207 billion the Japanese government had supposedly given to Malaysia as compensation for the victims of the Death Railway project during World War II.

This has the Hindraf demand for a trillion dollars written all over it.

Anwar went ahead to babble about the “missing” RM207 billion in Jakarta last week. Little did he know that the Japanese government has already given an official statement that it has never paid our government that sum of money, and the RM207 billion supposedly paid were “outside the involvement and knowledge of the Government of Japan.”

Apparently, none of Anwar’s advisors had time to tell him that Tokyo had denied Pakatan’s claims. I guess they were too caught up in believing their own lies.

The KL112 rally last Saturday was seen as Pakatan’s last ditch effort in showing force and support to overthrow Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Barisan Nasional. While the previous Bersih and Bersih 2.0 rallies had been the handiwork of “non-partisan” NGOs and civil liberties groups, the KL112 has been clear from the start: It is a Pakatan Rakyat agenda, and their intention is clear.

The day came and the million rakyat never showed up. Pakatan leaders claimed 500,000 rakyat crammed into the 30,000 capacity stadium.

Anwar hailed it as a success, stamping a mark on the country’s history. Some of his supporters went as far as calling it “the second independence day” of Malaysia.

All these delusions failed to acknowledge how the Prime Minister and the Barisan Nasional government have worked so hard in bringing political and economic transformation to the country. Abolishment of the ISA and the enactment of the Peaceful Assembly Act were the government’s efforts to uphold civil liberties, and the “successes” of the Jan 12 rally were reflections of these efforts.

Anwar must have been disappointed that the rally went ahead without any incident. Angry mobs did not overturn police vehicles, no rakyat was beaten, and no water cannons were dispersed. In fact, praises were heaped on the government and the police from both sides of the political divide. Even DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang praised Najib for allowing KL112 to be peacefully held.

The KL112 rally has been a victory for the people of Malaysia, not for Pakatan Rakyat. It has shown that Malaysians are made up of peace-loving citizens.

ARJUNA INDRA

Kuala Lumpur

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