Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Anwar's strategic bluff

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim claimed that today September 16 the opposition coalition was poised to take over the Federal Government is merely a strategic political bluff.

Anwar chose Sept 16 as the day to form the government is a strategic political move as it is the day Malaysia was formed. It aimed at convincing parties in both Sabah and Sarawak to cross over. They were promised to be given more power and more respect under a Pakatan-led government but unfortunately he failed to do so.

We believe the grand strategy to attract BN parliamentary members to cross over is a remarkably astute political move by Anwar. If he has enough members of parliament, why does he not form the government as claimed for?

Could this be an audacious bluff? Ironically, it clearly shown the application of “Moke Theory” to condition and attract the members of parliament to cross over for fear of being left behind.

Initially, Anwar was reported as approaching one of the ruling parties in Sarawak and saying that he already had 20 MPs from Sabah. Those in Sarawak will be left out if they do not cross over and vice versa in Sabah. Now he is claiming that more than 31 Barisan MPs will cross over to Pakatan Rakyat.

The ruling party UMNO in Sabah currently holds 32 out of 60 state seats and PBB in Sarawak currently holds 35 out of 71 state seats. As far as they are concern, they are staunchly pro-BN.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi laughed off opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's claims that he had enough numbers to form the Government and that he would only show the list of crossovers from the Barisan Nasional to Abdullah with whom he is seeking a meeting.

"He would not have requested to see me. He would have just barged into my office with his MPs and supporters," Abdullah said.

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