Posts tagged ‘916’

September 17, 2008

September 18 – The Next Move

With Anwar establishing a beach head on September 16 by declaring that the Opposition has more than enough MPs to back them and growing by the day, he further pushed Pak Lah by requesting for a meeting to discuss a peaceful transition. This really shows the audacity of Anwar, very serious looking and launching the final push with the symbolic 916. Anwar’s move is now made.

Pak Lah maintains his grip on power and brushes aside Anwar’s move as a mirage, a dream. There will not be a meeting until Anwar reveals the names of those BN MPs who is said to want to support Anwar. And Anwar can’t reveal without a guarantee of their safety and freedom. The deadlock begins. But writing off Anwar is the wrong thing to do. He is adamant that this is not a joke, that it is real and the push to Putra Jaya has just begun. If it’s true, the momentum will grow. Otherwise, the fizzle will be seen.

September 17, a day after 916 and a day before September 18, is a day of anticipation. The next move to watch is Umno’s. September 18 is the Umno Supreme Council meeting. It will be closely watched by all parties as Anwar has since made his move. How should Umno react?

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September 16, 2008

D-Day September 16

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September 16 is the start of clear and concrete steps to take over the government. This was announced by Anwar in a press meeting this afternoon.

Anwar revealed that there are at least 31 MPs who have agreed to crossover. What does that mean? It implies that there is the minimum number required but is there more than sufficient to shore up the strength of a new and stable government?  These are serious representations to Pak Lah.

He will reveal the names only when Pak Lah agrees to meet with him on the request for a smooth and peaceful transition. This presents a pressure to concede but can Pak Lah even take that from Anwar? This is a “show hand” move but in a confidential manner to protect the MPs.

Pak Lah retorted to name them and says that Anwar is seeing a mirage (read MalaysiaInsider here). He said he is not under pressure and brushed aside Anwar’s claims. But the general concerns will be that these MPs will be incarcerated or hindered in ways that will prevent them from publicly making this stand which is a very easy action by the ruling BN Government. Then the MPs will be neutralized by a stroke of a pen.

Anwar today outlined 4 things requested of Pak Lah (for the press release, read MalaysianInsider here).

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September 14, 2008

Countdown to September 16

UPDATED 16/09 @ 9:00 am

Yesterday night was electrifying. Today? More on D-DAY SEPTEMBER 16 here.

1 day to go – It was the eve of Malaysia Day. The mood was upbeat. The moment the National Anthem “Negara Ku” was sung, the atmosphere became electrifying. It was the Pakatan Rakyat celebration of Malaysia Day and filled with speeches from leaders of the PR. Notable was Lim Guan Eng, Kamaruddin Jaafar and Anwar.

It was anticipated as an historic event by the Opposition bloc and the turnout was exceptional. More than

The tens of thousands who went to hear out Anwar

The tens of thousands who went to hear Anwar waving the Malaysian flags

20,000 thronged the stadium peacefully to hear what Anwar has to say about “916“. Each of the PKR, DAP and PAS leaders that spoke referred to Anwar as the “PM in waiting“.

Kit Siang referred to it as a “sky changing” event. Guan Eng pointed out that never has a BN minister resigned not because he was ill or involved in a personal scandal but Zaid Ibrahim was applauded as one that has his principle to stand against the misuse of ISA. Furthermore, he chided those BN ministers who only dare whisper their dissent and challenged them to do what Zaid has done – QUIT, if it goes against their principles, don’t just talk!

Kamaruddin underscored the fact that September 16 will show much clarity on concrete steps of change, not necessary the very change of government itself. He alluded to the points that PR has what it takes to become the next government and Malaysians will learn more tomorrow.

More importantly was Anwar’s much awaited announcements. What does September 16 bring to Malaysians tomorrow?

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