June 19, 2013
MY COMMENT: I have a message to both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. Why do you need to get Indonesia involved in our domestic politics? We are not a colony of Indonesia. We are an equal partner with Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries in ASEAN. As ASEAN members, we agreed not to interfere in each other’s internal affairs. Furthermore, we Malaysians are capable of solving our political problems.
I am embarrassed to learn that Najib and Anwar have to take their rivalry beyond our shores. Both must be pretty desperate–Najib needs to cling to power, while Anwar is anxious to become Prime Minister, whatever that takes. Both have shown to me at least that they are irresponsible and self serving.
Netto’s spin on the whole episode is not going to help. I expect this respected journalist to be critical of Anwar’s reliance on Indonesian top leaders, the Indonesian media and civil society activists for support, and as hard on Najib’s reconciliation gambit.
Both the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader want to the same thing, that is, power. One has it, but unable to use it while the other is grasping for it and might misuse it. Both must learn to recognise that real power rests with Malaysians via elections.
General Election13, flawed as it may be, is over. The business of government must begin. There is a national budget to be presented to Parliament in October, 2013 and other business of our legislature needs their attention.
I also have a gentle message to leaders of Indonesia, past and present: you should stop entertaining our two leaders with their politics. I thought you would have advised them politely, or bluntly, that they should sort out their politics. You do not understand what we want here in Malaysia. Please take care of your own business, and leave ours to us.–Din Merican
Anwar and Najib are playing politics instead of getting down to serious Government
Anwar declines Najib’s gambits in Jakarta
by Terence Netto@http://www.malaysiakini.com
COMMENT Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak must have been desperate for a deal with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
That can be inferred from the type of deal Najib offered Anwar – who declined to personally meet with the Malaysian PM – through intermediary Jusuf Kalla, the former Indonesian vice-president who is friends with both Najib and Anwar
Najib pressed an offer of reconciliation that apparently entailed a national unity government with a deputy prime minister’s role for Anwar and four ministerial posts for PKR leaders. Anwar was said to have rejected the offer.
According to sources, Najib had tried to meet with Anwar in Jakarta all of Saturday but Anwar studiously avoided the PM.
Whereas Najib had the edge over Anwar on how a pre-polls pact between the two had panned out, the latter regained the initiative in supposedly reconciliatory gambits initiated by Najib in Jakarta to which both leaders had repaired over the weekend.
Last Friday, Anwar had flown to Bali to meet Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who a week after the May 5 polls in Malaysia, had requested that the Pakatan leader visit Jakarta for discussions.
Anwar told Bambang (left) he could only meet with the Indonesian President after a pre-planned visit to the United States.
That visit over, Anwar flew to Bali last Friday where he met Bambang who gave vent to his views on the May 5 general election.
According to a source close to Anwar who met with the Pakatan leader on Monday, Bambang said he had expected a bit of fraud to taint Malaysia’s Election 2013, as in most such affairs throughout the world, but the extent of the cheating that took place in GE13 had appalled the Indonesian leader.
The source, a former senior PKR leader, said the Indonesian president told Anwar he was deeply disappointed by what had happened.
No meeting in Jakarta
After his discussions with Anwar that continued on Saturday, Bambang lent Anwar the use of his presidential jet to fly to Jakarta where Anwar was scheduled to meet former Indonesian VP Jusuf at the latter’s residence at 3pm the same day.
Najib was waiting to meet Anwar whom the Malaysian PM had expected to arrive in Jakarta from Bali through the Halim Perdana airport but the presidential jet landed at another airport in the Indonesian capital.
Unable to meet with Anwar at Halim Perdana, Najib bided his time with a round of golf with Jusuf (right) whose good offices the PM had sought in arranging a meeting with Anwar.
In conversation with Jusuf over golf and later at Jusuf’s home in Jakarta where Najib waited for Anwar to show up, the PKR source said Najib sold Jusuf on the idea of Anwar as a leader of impressive calibre.
When Anwar declined to show up at Jusuf’s residence for the scheduled meeting because he wanted to avoid Najib, the former Indonesian veep came to Anwar’s hotel in Jakarta to convey Najib’s proffer of posts for him and his PKR cohort.
But Anwar declined to bite the bait and flew out of Jakarta. At a PKR political bureau meeting last night, Anwar tabled Najib’s proffer for discussion, only to find his rejection of it affirmed by the party.