COMMENT | Then, Dr M-Anwar, now Anwar-Shafie. Who’s next?

Francis Paul Siah


COMMENT | Some political leaders have a bunch of disparate reasons for doing or saying things their own way in varied situations.

At times, I believe they were right to do so as certain situations warrant even peculiar responses. Experienced and thinking leaders will always have ready plans, even if it means twisting and turning words, to handle any sticky situation.

However, there were also times when they fell into a distorted vision of their real intention in disseminating public information - and fumbled badly.

One latest example of such a disorientation displayed by key political leaders was the joint DAP-Amanah statement on the Anwar Ibrahim-Mohd Shafie Apdal saga over the candidacy for prime minister.

In their lengthy joint statement on July 27, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu attempted to nudge PKR on the way forward to recapture Putrajaya amid a prolonged impasse.

“The way forward is to allow Anwar the first opportunity to form a government and if he fails, then Shafie should be afforded a similar choice, both based on the solid support of 109 MPs,” read their first paragraph.

Then, they stressed the importance of maintaining the solidarity of the opposition forces, without which it would be impossible to reclaim Putrajaya.

Then it went on, blah, blah, blah about what transpired...

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