Monday, 20 June 2011

de facto or Defunct?

The following article was in Malaysiakini. It is about someone who cannot even ensure free and fair elections in the party he is assumed to be in control of as de facto leader. As de facto leader basically means PKR can elect whoever to whatever position in the party but the de facto leader still calls the shots. Err...looks to me like that's pseudo-democracy.

This son of an Ibrahim should not try to sell something he does not even buy himself and this time he has stuck his foot into his own gap on two accounts. One, he has no moral right to talk to Najib about "free and fair" elections and secondly, Bersih 2.0 is not about him and his politics. I think to most people rooting for genuine change in this country whether it be from BN or PR, Anwar is becoming increasingly defunct as he continues to be de facto.

Since he says he CAN tell Ambiga to call off Bersih 2.0, then it would be logical that if anyone gets hauled up in a preemptive swoop by the police, he should be thrown in first, with 500 c.c. motorcycle and all.

It also appears PAS supporters will form the majority of the BERSIH 2.0 rally participants so why didn't Anwar say he will tell PAS to call off BERSIH 2.0?

Lastly, you wanna know what Bersih 2.0 is really about? Go here.


Anwar: I'll tell Ambiga to call off Bersih rally if...
Hazlan Zakaria
Jun 19, 11

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said that he would tell Bersih 2.0 chairperson S Ambiga to call off the July 9 rally if Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak can assure tomorrow that elections will be free and fair.

pkr election convention anwar ibrahim speaking"I will call Ambiga and tell her to call off Bersih, if Najib can promise free and fair elections tomorrow," he told over 2,000 PKR members at the party's election convention in Shah Alam today.Anwar (left) said this in his concluding speech at the convention, that aimed to educate and energise the party's grassroots election machinery who were mostly present at the event.

The Permatang Pauh MP was trying to make a point, arguing that the BN regime will not dare to allow free and fair elections because the ruling coalition knows that it no longer has the favour of the voters and thus has to resort to dirty means to cling on to power.

pkr election convention crowdFormer Bar Council chief Ambiga was however not amused, and in an immediate response ticked Anwar off for overstepping his role."It is not up to him to decide,” the activist quipped.

“We have decided to hold the rally and it is we who will decide on whether or not to hold it," she told reporters prior to the official launch of the Bersih 2.0 rally in Kuala Lumpur tonight.

Ambiga: 'It's not about me'

pkr election convention anwar ibrahim and wan azizahAmbiga also refuted right-wing pressure
group Perkasa's allegations made in the latter's launch of their anti-Bersih rally in Kuala Lumpur earlier today."Bersih is not about the individual; it is not about me. I will not respond to their character attacks," she said.

The lawyer added that she will neither respond to Perkasa nor lodge police reports on the group burning her photo and making threats against her during their event.

"Free and fair elections is our message, and our means is peaceful. If there is violence on that day it will not be from our side," assured the Bersih chief.

pkr election convention anwar ibrahim, wan azizah and childrenThe Berish 2.0 coalition for free and fair elections comprising over 60 NGOs and political parties is planning a mega rally on July 9 to press for electoral reform.

The organisers aim the event to be even bigger than the first Bersih rally in November 2007, that saw 40,000 turning Kuala Lumpur into a sea of yellow shirted protestors demanding changes to the electoral system that critics say is favouring the ruling party.

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