Ke Mana Malaysia Kita? 4

1 Kibaran Bendera, Panji Pauh Ulung, unbublished

Anwar Ibrahim was the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, when the Asian financial crisis struck in 1997. Although he seemed to be on the way to becoming the 5th Prime Minister of Malaysia, he got into a conflict with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed and, by 1998, he was sacked from his post, arrested and charged with the offences of corruption and sodomy. In 1999 he was convicted and jailed. Today, 24 years after he was foiled in his early prime ministerial ambitions, and following Malaysia’s GE15 resulting in a hung parliament, Anwar has been asked by the Agong to form the next government. At last, in 2022, fragile though his tenure might be, Anwar Ibrahim has finally become the 10th.Prime Minister of Malaysia.

https://koboibalikkampung.wixsite.com/sialjambalang

For more –
Lament for Anwar
1 Kibaran Bendera
Politik Ulangan (1993 -2020)

Ke Mana Malaysia Kita? 3

9 Kuncu Kuncu, Koboi Balik Kampung, 2015

This image is about the associations in Malaysian life that transcend race and religion. Be it in the realm of politics or that of business, and even in crime and corruption, Malaysians come together across these primordial divides. One might say, every Mahathir has his Ananda or every Anwar has his Nalla, or even, every Najib has his Jo low. This image celebrates my own Malaysian cabal. Particularly, it commemorates my own friendship with the late Suflan Shamsuddin.  My other close friends in this photograph are Lim Chee Min and Thomas Vanniasingam. Here is an extract from a letter I wrote to Suflan posthumously as a way of remembering him.

https://koboibalikkampung.wixsite.com/series/suflan-shamsuddin

Saya Doa Bagi Dia Sihat!

Anwar certainly has not lost his bite and charm on the hustings. What wins me over though, is ironically or otherwise, he remembers his adab! Nevertheless, I wonder what this old fued has to do with the future of Malaysia. Which brings me back to the irony in his prayers for good health!

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8f9s56

Anwar Gergasi di Gugusan Manjoi

A giant banner of Pakatan Harapan Leader and PM hopeful, Anwar Ibrahim, was erected at Gugusan Manjoi in the Tambun constituency. According to the Malay Mail this prompted his rival for the seat, Ahmad Faizal Azumu of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, to say “Is that Anwar Ibrahim? I thought it was Godzilla.”

My own sentiment is that I wish I could be there … Deja Vu!

Image: https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2022/11/12/after-anwars-giant-banner-unveiled-ahmad-faizal-says-doesnt-need-big-posters-to-get-voters-attention/39198

The Jewel has the Crown!

The lion and the unicorn
Were fighting for the crown
The lion beat the unicorn
All around the town.

Some gave them white bread,
And some gave them brown;
Never mind the plum cake
The Jewel’s got the Crown!

This is a momentous turn of events for the UK. It is a bit like Obama’s arrival on the political scene of the USA. On the one hand, all people of colour should be happy and the Conservatives should be commended for looking beyond race, on the other, it is premature to congratulate the UK as the population has not voted for Sunak. Will race come into play in an election, when it happens? I believe it will, as it did around Obama’s election … but unlike the US electorate, the UK polity may be not be ready for black leadership. If, in fact, the UK is ready, that would of course, be a good thing …. but then again, what about Sunak in himself – is he worthy of ones vote beyond the virtue of his skin. He is a millionaire in his own right, billionaire by marriage, and an exemplary neo-liberal globalist. Those who are on the left of the political spectrum certainly cannot really endorse him … but then the Labour party no longer represents the British working people either ….. Regardless of its historical moment, the salient quality of this turn of events is irony – if India was once the Jewel in the Crown of the great British Empire, an Indian has now become the ‘head’ of a much diminished British Isles … indeed, now, the Jewel has the Crown!

Image: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/rishi-sunak-sports-sacred-hindu-kalawa-thread-during-his-1st-speech-as-uk-pm-at-10-downing-street/articleshow/95082750.cms

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lion_and_the_Unicorn

https://www.knowswhy.com/why-india-was-called-the-jewel-in-the-crown/