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Junkers 109

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Yes, I am a Malay agent, I am a Chinese agent, I am an Indian agent, and I am an agent of the people,' he told the cheering thousands who gathered at the rally in Penang on Sunday.

By Carolyn Hong, The Straits Times

OPPOSITION leader Anwar Ibrahim chose a significant theme to speak about at a rally which he used to launch his campaign to return to Parliament.

'Yes, I am a Malay agent, I am a Chinese agent, I am an Indian agent, and I am an agent of the people,' he told the cheering thousands who gathered at the rally in Penang on Sunday.

It was a clever message, and to Datuk Seri Anwar's credit, also a consistent one. Over the last few years, he has been honing his image as a multiracial leader of Malaysia.

Observers were stunned to see how he won over the normally-reticent rural Chinese voters during a by-election last year in a predominantly Chinese constituency in Malacca.

At his rallies, the Chinese voters chanted his name 'Anwar, Anwar' as if he was a superstar. He won their hearts with his pledge to scrap the controversial policy that favours the Malays in economic and education opportunities.

The opposition candidate lost in that by-election, but Mr Anwar won.

He cemented this image when his Parti Keadilan Rakyat fielded a mixed slate of candidates for the March 8 polls, and championed Ketuanan Rakyat (People's Supremacy) to counter the Malay Supremacy slogan favoured by Umno.

He will be fighting hard to preserve his newly crafted vision of multiracialism as he heads into a by-election in his old Permatang Pauh seat in Penang.

The seat became vacant after his wife Wan Azizah Ismail stepped down last week, forcing the government to hold a by-election.

Most analysts predict an easy win for Mr Anwar, but a top editor in the influential New Straits Times daily, Datuk Syed Nadzri Harun, wrote that there will be some challenges, among them on the race front.

He noted that the Democratic Action Party (DAP)-led Penang government had made policy changes that may not have gone down well with voters.

He did not elaborate, but it is no secret that there have been attempts to paint the Chinese-based DAP as dismantling pro-Malay policies.

'Barisan Nasional is expected to capitalise on this to the core, putting Anwar on the defensive,' Mr Syed Nadzri wrote.

Further, Umno could field a respected religious figure, he noted. This would bring the latent Islamic issues to the fore, making it harder for Mr Anwar to stay on the safe middle ground.

Mr Liew Chin Tong, a DAP MP from Penang, said a recent survey showed growing non-Malay support for the opposition Pakatan Rakyat alliance, but did not disclose who commissioned the poll.

'It's even stronger than before March 8,' he said.

A news portal, Malaysian Insider, yesterday also carried results of a recent survey that covered more than 3,000 respondents, but did not disclose who commissioned it.

According to its data, over 31 per cent of those polled said their view of the opposition had remained the same since March 8 while 36.7 per cent said it had improved. Only 22 per cent of respondents had a negative view.

Most of the positive responses came from the Chinese and Indians, while the Malays were a little more ambivalent.

In the light of the racially demarcated support for him, Mr Anwar will have to work hard to maintain his multiracial platform - a legacy that he is trying to carve out for himself.

It would go a long way towards dispelling his longstanding image as an Islamic radical, a reputation earned in his student days and early years in government.

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PR seems to have lost some of it's momentum. I hope it's only temperorary.

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Hello Mysterio,

You mean recently? there are by elections being held in Bukit Gantang, Bukit Selambau and Batang Ai. I reckon if theres a big win in these three locations... I'm betting this could set the roadmap for PR to score even bigger victories.

Am just looking forward for a Malaysia under PR, then only, hopefully we can work our autonomy in a more conducive and receptive platform.



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4 Curious on Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:09 am

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[color=indigo]Hey fellas

Good read on the Anwar situation.

I have to admit, i'm a little out of my game here since i' not that attuned to the politics of Malaysia.

But I was just curious about the situation there. I'm refering to the whole multi-racial issue. Have previous efforts made by the government really helped? Is there a conscious effort made by the people to be more open or civic minded? I'm sure racism (as we know it does exist) cannot be eradicated overnight, but how rampant is it in Malaysia?

I ask all this, as I myself am from a multiracial community, and I do use the term 'community' pretty loosely here. Since the time we're enrolled into pre-school, the idea of a racial harmony has been drummed into our psyche more times than I care to recount. Despite all the efforts made by the big guys, I have been subjected to my fair share of racism.

I mean, the government, the politicians they may talk the talk and slogan-ise a lot. But has there been a considerable change of any kind in the community?

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PilotInspektor wrote:[color=indigo]Hey fellas

Good read on the Anwar situation.

I have to admit, i'm a little out of my game here since i' not that attuned to the politics of Malaysia.

But I was just curious about the situation there. I'm refering to the whole multi-racial issue. Have previous efforts made by the government really helped? Is there a conscious effort made by the people to be more open or civic minded? I'm sure racism (as we know it does exist) cannot be eradicated overnight, but how rampant is it in Malaysia?

I ask all this, as I myself am from a multiracial community, and I do use the term 'community' pretty loosely here. Since the time we're enrolled into pre-school, the idea of a racial harmony has been drummed into our psyche more times than I care to recount. Despite all the efforts made by the big guys, I have been subjected to my fair share of racism.

I mean, the government, the politicians they may talk the talk and slogan-ise a lot. But has there been a considerable change of any kind in the community?

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There was a case of racism-related violence in Peninsula Malaysia. That was on May 13, 1969, a bloody fight between the Malays and Chinese. There were quite a number of deaths.
There was no recurrence of the incident but the silent persecution goes on. The priority given to the Malays in all areas of society is a testimony of this. The govt even has a slogan "Malay Sovereignty".
Anwar is fighting to change all that. His campaign slogan is "People Sovereignty".
There is no guarantee that even if Anwar wins that he would be able to create equality for all Malaysians but what's in the mind of all Malaysians who feel oppressed by the current govt is this: Anything is better than BN.



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Junkers 109 wrote:Hello Mysterio,

You mean recently? there are by elections being held in Bukit Gantang, Bukit Selambau and Batang Ai. I reckon if theres a big win in these three locations... I'm betting this could set the roadmap for PR to score even bigger victories.

Am just looking forward for a Malaysia under PR, then only, hopefully we can work our autonomy in a more conducive and receptive platform.

I was refering to the news about the PKR assemblymen who ditched Anwar to join the BN. I dont have any info yet on the by-elections. As for Kurup, the courts decided in his favour so he kept his seat.
You are right about PR. We need change.

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really There shoud be by-elections in Pensiangan so everyone can get RM100.00 or more and get to keep it but vote someone else. Laughing

Funny how a rural ulu-ulu area called Batang Ai where most Malaysians never knew it even existed is a sudden interest to everyone. With heavy police and army deployment, its now the safest place in all of Malaysia. Cool

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Junkers 109 wrote:really There shoud be by-elections in Pensiangan so everyone can get RM100.00 or more and get to keep it but vote someone else. Laughing

Funny how a rural ulu-ulu area called Batang Ai where most Malaysians never knew it even existed is a sudden interest to everyone. With heavy police and army deployment, its now the safest place in all of Malaysia. Cool

Batang Ai really has suddenly jumped into the spotlight. It was almost an unnoticed rural town to the extent that the govt is not consistent with the spelling - sometimes it's spelled Batang Air.
If PR wins the seat it could very well spell the decline of the BN in Sarawak and hopefully Sabah.

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it Should have been Pensiangan... I want my free Rm 200 bucks too. Laughing

Kurup may have saved himself, but the court decision to retain his seat was quite... strange. For me, it speaks volumes of Sabah Umno's involvement in Semenanjung politics, theyre probably now more influential if you actually saw who got elected into the UMNO office recently.

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I'm hoping that those Sabahans who were elected into UMNO's higher echelons could make full use of their position for Sabah. But I doubt it. Instead I fear the bulk of UMNO who are in the Peninsula will make full use of those elected Sabahans to control Sabahans.

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