With state elections scheduled for Aug 12, Anwar Ibrahim must build on his cult of personality if he wants to keep Perikatan Nasional at bay and turn a presumed “green wave” in his favour. That cult is something he created after his unceremonious sacking from the government and Umno almost a quarter of a century ago. It is something he has developed meticulously through long and arduous legal and political battles.
The time has come for Anwar to take that cult to the next level by creating an idealised and heroic image of himself as the supreme leader of the Malays and government. It is something Najib Razak attempted during his term in office. Remember “Ah Jib Gor”, Najib’s version of a moderate Malay leader intended to woo the Chinese community? What about that enormous full figure cut out that went on display near the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam twelve years ago?
Najib’s strategy was to use his then soaring image as the prime minister and Umno leader to draw support for Umno, BN and the government. Unfortunately, it was scuttled by the 1MDB fiasco. A subsequent attempt at reinventing himself as “Bossku” after being forced to relinquish Putrajaya and leadership of Umno was also initially successful. It allowed BN to sweep the Melaka and Johor state elections respectively – only to be derailed by his jailing following a criminal conviction in the SRC International corruption case.
Anwar, however, will not expect to be beset by such troubles.But with the unity government’s performance to date steady but unspectacular, and seeing that the Malay community’s support is critical for PH-BN to win at the state elections, the charismatic prime minister will do well to leverage on his own personality and unrivalled oratory skills to draw the crowds, and their votes, in.
With interracial relationships at an all-time low, religious rhetoric at excessive levels and troubles plaguing the economy, the rakyat today appears to have lost a significant amount of faith in the country’s institutions and systems.When that happens, the common folk search in earnest for a charismatic individual on whom to bestow authority.
In Malaysia today, Anwar is the only one who fits the bill. None of our former prime ministers of recent years – Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Muhyiddin Yassin, Mahathir Mohamad or Najib – ever had the kind of adulation from Malaysians across the board that Anwar enjoys.
To his supporters, Anwar is a Hero-King, the only man capable of restoring the sanctity of Islam, avenging of deep-seated corruption and riding through tough economic times. It now falls on him to use that personality to drive the PH-BN unity coalition to victory at the upcoming elections in Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Penang, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan.
When campaigning, Anwar must convince his own people that he is worthy of their allegiance. He must seize on his inherent popularity with the Malays and show that, as the incumbent prime minister, he is the only one who can protect their rights and interests.
He must assure the Malays that despite any misgivings about PKR, DAP, Amanah and especially Umno, a vote for those parties is in fact a vote for him. In turn, all other unity coalition leaders must promote Anwar while playing down their own significance and the importance of their parties.
For PH-BN to win, Anwar must be their “poster boy”. Anwar simply has to tell his story. It is a compelling one. He is, after all, the only adversary to have taken Mahathir on and won. At the end of the day, Anwar’s cult of personality is probably PH-BN’s best bet of winning at the ballot box. - Nehru Sathiamoorthy
Give Anwar 10 years and M’sians
will be proud of their country...
UMNO vice president Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani said Malaysians should give Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim 10 years to fix the country and he promised they would be proud of the nation afterwards.
He said the 10 Madani Economy initiatives presented by the PM last Thursday (July 27) will be successful. “When I looked at the economic direction presented by our PM, I saw that if Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Harapan (PH) can stay friendly for the next 10 years, I believe 10 economic initiatives will definitely be achieved,” said the Titiwangsa MP.
Last Thursday, the government aimed for Malaysia to be among the world’s 30 largest economies in the medium term. The Finance Minister labelled his proposals as the “Madani Economy,” which aligns with the broader vision of “Madani Malaysia”.
According to Johari, a country will achieve success through good direction and planning and it will be achieved if there is political stability in the country. Since Anwar took over as PM, his government has faced some tremors of instability with rumours that 10 UMNO MPs were ready to cross to the opposition.
However, the plan failed to materialise, perhaps due to the possible legal consequences of the anti-hopping law. Since then, the country has seen some stability. However, with state polls looming, there are concerns that a defeat of the PH-BN alliance could potentially destabilise the federal government. At least this is what the Perikatan Nasional (PN) opposition is telling the public.
Despite that, Johari made a pointed remark directed at PAS saying, “There is a state in the northern part of the country where its residents have had to seek employment opportunities abroad. “They have been given the opportunity to govern a state for over 30 years, but what happened to that state?”
He added that PAS complained that they have been oppressed by the central government but then Selangor was also ‘suppressed’ by the government when PH won in the state.
“They say their government is different from the central government. They are oppressed by the center. “I asked them, how many terms has Selangor been run by PH and yet Selangor has become the strongest economy in the country?” Harapan Daily quoted him as saying. – focusmalaysia
Apa hendak dibersihkan Saifuddin ialah kekotoran yang dilambakkan Sanusi. Salah satu ialah pencurian nadir bumi yang diselindungkan disebalik penerokaan bagi membangun hutan simpan.Kecurian itu bagi Saifuddin satu kemalangan dan kerugian besar buat Kedah.
Serentak dengan kecurian itu berlaku aktiviti memperdagangkan manusia dengan membawa masuk China benua ke Kedah. Seperkara lagi sedang dikesan Saifuddin dan perkara itu juga suatu kepincangan ialah kelemahan pengurusan dan pentadbiran kerajaan Kedah. Good government.
Kepincangan tatakelola ini mendatang petaka kubra buat Kedah dan kian dirasai dan dikesali rakyat.Menteri Besar gagal menjawab dan menuntas isu itu semua dengan mengalih isu menyerang peribadi PM Anwar Ibrahim dan Saifuddin sendiri.
Bagi segelintir rakyat yang bebal melihat Sanusi sebagai hero walhal dia adalah badut tidak lebih persis patung pewangan untuk halau ciak dibendang.Bagi mereka yang mukalaf politik melihat tindakan Saifuddin itu lebih bertanggungjawab dan meture berbanding Sanusi.- mso
Walaun yg sesat dgn parti sesat...
Sanusi,awat hang pi pilih calon cokia ni?
sampai maksud 'manifesto' pun tak faham...