commentary: This trial has gone to the way it is all done by DSAI himself, no others... He is the one pushing it to be a political trial and now he is using it as the very reason to get him out of it... He made a mockery from the AG to the Judge, well, I understand the part that he doesn't see eye to eye with the Attorney General, the guy actually prosecuted in the the sodomy, season one.... but bringing in international media and using foreign pressure at our judicial system to release the case, that is not acceptable, he wants to be above law... we however the other ordinary Malaysian wants the truth and should prevail... aizley
Thursday, 18 February 2010 Super Admin
There is no doubt about Anwar's unique contribution in bringing the three parties together
Lim Kit Siang, DAP leader
In December 2009, Pakatan Rakyat held a national conference which laid out the beginnings of a serious challenge to the establishment - to rule Malaysia from the basis of a multi-ethnic and multi-faith platform.
The calculations of electoral politics are invoked by many for the recent rash of attacks on houses of worship in a row over the use of the word Allah.
Some have blamed the government for the provocations, in a plot to draw PAS out of opposition into a pro-Muslim alliance against Mr Anwar.
Others have pointed the finger of blame squarely at Mr Anwar.
"He has deviated from the struggle for the Malays. We speak the truth and are ready to face any legal action from him," a former Umno minister Shahrir Samad said.
Among the opposition, the trial posses an immediate practical problem - how do you take over government if your leader is in jail?
"There is no doubt about Anwar's unique contribution in bringing the three parties together," says Mr Lim, of the opposition alliance.
"It's very fascist. And I think after 20-30 years, they begin to believe it themselves, they can't control it."
Most analysts credit Prime Minister Najib Razak as being a well-meaning promoter of centrist government - "as liberal as any other wealthy Malay", as Zaid Ibrahim puts it.
Mr Najib has already watered down the country's contentious pro-Malay affirmative action policies, and embarked on a new target-setting approach for his cumbersome bureaucracy, perhaps in the hope that economic success will quell political distress.
Another former Umno luminary who has also split from the party, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, described the 2008 election as a national watershed which marked the end of Umno's invincibility.
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