Thursday, November 18, 2010

Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim is no Aung San Suu Kyi!

To draw a parallel between this man and Aung San Suu Kyi, is like drawing a parallel between Hannibal Lecter and Mother Theresa!

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is in Australia this week, speaking on social justice, democracy, and his own legal woes. He has also addressed the recent release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition politician, declaring that her release will mean nothing until she is permitted to take her place as the elected leader of Myanmar. Anwar has used Suu Kyi’s release to attract attention to his own political problems, arguing that Australia ought to speak out in the face of atrocities in both Myanmar and Malaysia:

“But I think they’re ill-advised if they proceed in this way…. I’m not suggesting that [the Australian government] should interfere, but they should express their views, they should promote civil society, as a vibrant democracy they’ve a duty…. But I think the issue of democracy, human rights, rule of law, they’re not something that you can just ignore. But I’m of course appreciative of the fact that Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd took time, and we had very, very useful discussions, some issues affecting both countries, and of course my personal predicament. But I always make it a point that they should extend the issue, the issue of freedom, human rights. It goes beyond Anwar’s personal case.”

The problem here is that “Anwar’s personal case” is very different from Suu Kyi’s, and Malaysia’s political landscape has little in common with Myanmar’s.

Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for “her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights”. Her father, Aung San, who negotiated Burma’s independence from the British Empire in 1947, was killed by his political rivals when Suu Kyi was only two years old. When her mother, a Burmese ambassador, died in 1989, Suu Kyi dedicated her life to fighting for democracy in Burma as her parents had done. She was active in Burma’s pro-democracy movement, and as a result was placed under house arrest in 1989; no charges were brought against her, and no trial occurred. Despite her confinement she won a landslide victory in the 1990 election, and would have become Prime Minister had the military not intervened.

Suu Kyi was released from house arrest just days ago, on November 13. During her confinement, which spanned fifteen of the past twenty-one years, she was usually separated from her family. She saw her husband, Michael Aris, only five times during the decade that preceded his death; even the intervention of such figures as U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annon and Pope John Paul II could not persuade her captors to allow Aris to join her. She was also separated from her two sons and lived in less than ideal physical conditions, sometimes without access to electricity.

Suu Kyi chose to live under these restraints rather than abandon her pro-democracy work; she was offered freedom in exchange for her leaving her country, but she refused.

If anyone has suffered for the cause of democracy, Suu Kyi has—yet Anwar Ibrahim, who has enjoyed the benefits of a trial, a team of lawyers, access to local, national, and international media outlets, his own political party, and the freedom to travel the globe, told Australians this week that “Australia needs to be more pronounced in its support for democracy… Otherwise you have a strong position on Burma, but not on the atrocities in Malaysia.”

Anwar is no Aung San Suu Kyi. Indeed, his actions as the co-founder of a front organization for the Global Muslim Brotherhood indicate that he is in fact opposed to the democratic ideals she has sacrificed so much for.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, while Suu Kyi busied herself with the work that would later imprison her, Anwar served as a trustee for the World Assembly of Asian Youth. The Pew Forum describes the Assembly as being so intertwined with the Muslim Brotherhood that it is difficult to tell them apart.

In 2002, Suu Kyi took advantage of a brief respite from imprisonment to continue her work on behalf of Burmese freedom. Meanwhile, Anwar’s International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) was named in a class-action suit brought on behalf of 9/11 family and survivors against organizations that helped fund radical Islamism.

In 2007, when Suu Kyi made her first state media address in the four years since her then current confinement had begun, the Muslim Brotherhood named Anwar’s IIIT in a list of twenty-nine of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.”

Though Anwar clearly equates his own political and legal troubles in Malaysia to the human rights abuses Suu Kyi has worked to end in Myanmar, no one else should. Anwar and Suu Kyi may both be political opposition leaders in their respective nations, but their similarities end there.


Anonymous said...

I think it is about time this government to take stern and strong action against this irresponsible and sick defacto so-called leader of the opposition telling the world Malaysia committed atrocity. This is the same man who when he was the DPM of Malaysia branded Australia as a racist government which committed genocide on its aboriginal people!
I suggest this man should be stripped off of his honorific titles this man is a traitor to his own country! Najib show some balls okay deal with this man once and for all!

Uma! (Yes I am a proud Malaysian of an Indian origin, and still remember Samy V told me "this man Anwar is a racist an dangerous"!)

Anonymous said...

Patut lah semua orang tak respect Melayu, Umno dan Kerajaan kerana ada ketua mereka BABI pegi kemana mengutuk negara sendiri, kalau negara lain tu siBABI ni dah lama kena! Bapa borek anak rintik!

Mat Sentul!

Anonymous said...

Let us stop referring to him as Dato Seri, DSAI and such likes. Just call him Anwar or other less flattering names.
I wonder for how long Najib will continue giving him the ropes to hang himself.

Anonymous said...

This bloody Anwar Ibrahim has the nerve to claim that his situation is similar to Suu Kyi? This Anwar Ibrahim has no shame! Just leave while few people still have some respect left for you. Go to Makkah and purify your heart while you still have time. Please wake up from your dreams Anwar Ibrahim.

Anonymous said...

It's quite simply really: If Anwar is the answer, then the question must be about arseholes!

(Still laughing at the fools who hero worship Anwar)

Anonymous said...

Suu Kyi has nothing luxurious and even less quantifiable. Just look at the house she was kept under detention...shockingly run down and regretable, That's what I call freedom fighther or one who struggles for honest and noble cause of fairness, justice and democracy.
Her house was on many occassions without power.Basic foodstuff was scarce. Ironically however in ANWAR IBRAHIM's case just name it... he has been practically enjoying life. Just note the followings:
> Selling and buying luxurious properties.
> Band of lawyers defending him.
> Fleet of luxury automobiles.
> Complete freedom and access to move about.
> receiving good money giving lectures on the same topic of condemming his country.
> All members of his family can participate in politics. They are more than free to criticise and condem the government.What? he is putting himself on the same par of Suu Kyi?. MY FOOT. He is nothing but an opportunist.
He should be like others. Perform decent job from 8am to 6pm daily like every other malaysians. He is becoming a manace to this country.

Isaac said...

Anwar Ibrahim - A man whose centre of gravity in life is the word “conspiracy” is irretrievably entangled in his own conniving, double-faced web of deception. He is slowly sinking in the quicksand of his own making. To borrow the Malay nursery rhyme: “ How clever can a squirrel jump from tree to tree; Fall to the ground he will eventually be!”

Anonymous said...

This fellow is a chameleon,a sore loser and one who ll sell his own mum and dad in order to be a prime minister....

How can he compared himself with Aung San Suu Kyi???????the only thing which we can relate him to suu kyi is KY....KY Jelly..hahahaha

Anonymous said...

He would never have become a "martyr" if he was not treated so brutally by TDM. This is not only hindsight but also foresight because many of those close to TDM did warn him at that time. Now we have to live with this.How long it will take us to go back to status quo (1990) I do not know. In the meantime we are all guilty of pouring fuel into the fire while his life, like a needdle, hangs by the thread.

Anonymous said...

Did Aung San Suu Kyi poison the minds of young Muslims under the guise of ABIM to build a support base like the Brudder? The poor ABIM followers were taught to throw away beds, telivision sets and all the civil liberties in life while the leaders go forth and multiply.

The Brudder also was free to invade the Turkish Embassy without protocol.

So WTF is he trying to equate? Repent, as some wise men said. It may be a better option than crying wolf over and over again.


Anonymous said...

wooiii anon @November 19, 2010 1:34 PM

wake up from your delusional psychotic brain freeze lah ...

"treated so brutally by TDM" - anwar got it gentle for ttying to sell the nation to foreign agents??

If not for TDM, Malaysians will be singing to the tune of a recolonised people

he was sent to prison and Malaysia enjoyed peace, stability and progress for as lond as he was in striped uniform

but the sleepyhead and sil had to release this traitor, and so started all these political tsunami

don't ever blame TDM again ever

Bumi Boy said...

Perasan betul BABI ini samakan drinya dengan Aung San Suu Kyi.
Nak muntah aku.
Cakap berdegar-degar, jubur penuh tahi.
Tak sedar diri yang Amerikapun dah tau tembelang dia.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anon @ 6:26 AM,

After the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997/1998 the financial institutions of some Asian countries had to take a 'hair cut' because of the excesses of the 90s. Malaysia avoided that 'hair cut' because TDM decided to use State Funds to bailout our finanacial institutions. Yes, we did get out of the crisis. But the question is at what cost. Today our total household debt stands RM560 Billion. Our currency has appreciated because the US and the European countries are following a cheap currency policy to get out of their present financial situation.

At some point the bad debts accumulated by those who did not take their 'hair cut' then will have to paid. We can keep delaying it by shifting it around to household debt just as the the US and Europeans did and are now facing the music. But in the end you have to pay your debts either by spending less or devaluing your currency.

The Jury is still out there on the events of that critical period after the Asian financial crisis. I would prefer to wait before I say anything on that.

Anonymous said...

Dearest anon @ November 23, 2010 6:44 PM

hullo!! the topic is about anwar lah deii ...

P.S. don't try to show of with numbers plucked off some trade journal - and pls keep to the topic of anwar the traitor, you can write your thesis some other time and some other place

psstt we are not impressed

Anonymous said...

Dear Anon 24th November, 2010 9;09

Yes, we may not like the numbers but that is the reality. We need to focus on the little things and the larger things will take care of themselves. Just take one subject - Education. We have about 500,000 students in each class from Primary one to Form Five. From Form Five about 100,000 students migrate to pre-university classes. From there about 30,000 to 40,000 go on to tertiary education. YAB PM himself said that 85% of our work force has an education level of form five and below.

This is very similar to the Philippines in the 80s and 90s. I do not have to explain what happened there. The middle class was forced to migrate and accept lower ranking jobs which paid higher wages than the middle class jobs in the Philippines. And do not be surprised if our citizens with Form Five qualifications also do the same say 5-10 years down the road.

YAB Anwar is not the issue here. And frankly we are spending too much news time on him.We need to get the little things working and in that process uplift the rural areas, such as Jerantut where I come from, in this country to the level of the urban areas interms of service facilities provided by the government.

That task is enormous and the sooner we start the earlier we will be able to achieve our objectives.

Anonymous said...

aiya anon @ November 24, 2010 10:17 PM

in that case set up your own blog and see how many hits you get in a month

you should go to PM Najib's blog and send your dissertation there for him to be impressed

what you have just typed are "CONCERNS" without the benefit of CONCRETE actions and policies to address your concerns

any tom dick or harry can come up with worries and issues BUT few can actually lay out an action PLAN to achieve your aims

Anonymous said...

We have difficulty facing up to the naked truth. We dress it up and keep it under the carpet. Many countries that were where we were in the 70s are going forward but we seem to be stuck in the grove. We are a rich country and now can live on the fat of the land. The fat will go away and we will have to get new fat. Otherwise we will become a basket case.

And by the way there is no need to be so 'sombong'

Anonymous said...

hee hee

siapa makan cili teraslah pedas, hahahahaha

ini bukan isu sombong dol, ini isu nak tunjuk lawa, konon konon pandai macam professor

isi debat bukan hanya memetik dari majalah ekonomi ooiii

cerita tu pasal bandingan dgn negeri2 lain dah basi lah

"Many countries that were where we were in the 70s" - what countries huh?? - never quote ambiguously, worse just cut and paste from journal and then claim it as your own research konon

hogwash, listen up, Malaysia is doing just FINE, and don't rush like china coz when you drive at ridiculous speed, your blind spots will KILL you in the end

compredre senior amigos???

Anonymous said...

Dear Anon November 27 6:54,

Yes, I agree with you that, " Malaysia is doing just fine". But also try to look at Malaysia from outside Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur. And while you are at that also look at other countries and you would get a fair picture as to where we stand. Also in the interest of healthy debate it would be useful to focus on the message instead of the messenger.
Salam Satu Malaysia

Anonymous said...

Anon 27November,2010 6:54

Yes, I agree with you that, " Malaysia is doing JUST fine". But also try to look at Malaysia not only from Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur. Please do compare with some of our neighbours and friends and you may get a good idea where we stand. And, finally in the interest of healthy debate try to attack the message instead of the messenger.

Salam Satu Malaysia