Anwar Ibrahimís Parti Keadilan Nasional is in deep shit.
Party leaders with diverse backgrounds are trying their
best to consolidate position and power.
Followers of the party, mostly self-proclaimed streetfighters
and internet webmasters, are attacking some leaders in the
The party's first-ever assembly showed it all. Claiming to have
millions of supporters, only 300 turned up for the meet. But
still there is hope, somewhere, somehow.
Keadilan could be seen as a Malay party, like Dr Mahathir Mohamad's United Malays National Organisation (Umno). It
could also be described as a centre-right democratic party.
But in all its idealism, Keadilan is just full of young and
misguided Malays. And old farts too, just like Umno, MCA,
MIC, PAS, DAP, PRM, etc, etc.
No one knows what they want. Except to free Anwar. Their one
and only idol is their only hope. So much about
But then criticising Keadilan is no more fun nowadays. The
party is in bad shape. Too many captains on the ship. But
then what else is new.
Maybe Keadilan needs to reinvent itself. First by distancing itself
from the fanatical Islamist party PAS (Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party).
Imagine Keadilan led by Anwarís wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail being
treated as a second class leader whenever she attends PAS programmes,
simply because she is a woman.
She will be seated behind male leaders. In some ceremonies, Dr Wan
Azizah is put not only behind PAS President Datuk Fadzil Nor but
also her own Keadilan leaders who happen to be males of the
No one knows why Keadilan, as Anwar has described the party as a
multi-ethnic liberal democratic organisation, would allow
fundamentalist PAS to treat their leader like a dog. Yes,
most Muslims are afraid to touch dogs.
Secondly, Keadilan has to stop dreaming about becoming an alternative
to Umno. Most of its members are still behaving like Umno members. Playing racial and religious politics.
In the era of Islamic resurgence, all Malay-based parties are trying
to be as Islamic as possible. But Keadilan does not have to jump on
It must go beyond childish politics. It is a democratic party.
Democracy puts people above everything. PAS is cheating
Malaysians, particularly Malays, that political power
derives from God.
When God is absent on earth, His representatives are good enough
substitute. So Fadzil Nor, his deputy Hadi Awang and the party
feel-good guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat decide what is best for Muslims
To criticise them is to insult God. So PAS is divine. So PAS has
been using Keadilan and other opposition parties.
But Malaysians are equally to be blame. Race and religion are two sensitive subjects. These two subjects are under the control of
both PAS and ruling Umno.
If Malaysians can break free from the taboo, they can finally taste
the beauty of freedom and democracy. Women will be free. Men will
be free. Free from dogma which has been treating them like dogs
(with apology to all canines in the world).
So Keadilan should think again about their struggle. To quote one
former minister in the government who had joined the now-defunct
Semangat 46 (Spirit of 46) and later rejoined Umno and be made
minister again: "I joined 46 because it was similar to Umno.
Now that 46 are no longer there, I rejoined Umno. I am sorry
if I have disappointed those who have supported me but I am
always an Umno man."
Keadilan is an Umno-like party. There will be no agenda for change.
Unless Anwar sends a message from his prison cell that he is now a
communist or a fascist, or even a Buddhist, bless them.
At the moment, Keadilan will die a slow death. Their streetfighters
are too stupid to know the difference between democracy and
Just to remind them, the Iranian revolution of 1979 was made possible
by millions of workers guided by trade unions, socialists, communists
and liberal democrats. It was hijacked by Khomeini and gang because
the other non-religious leaders were squabbling among themselves.
This is the same way PAS thinks it is going to take over Malaysia and
turn it into a barbaric state of sex-crazed mullahs. If Dr Wan Azizah
and women of Malaysia can stand united (more than 50% of the countryís
population), they themselves can crush religious fundamentalism.
As much as we donít want a Christian or a Hindu state in Malaysia,
there is no reason for us to allow one religion, especially the one
that cannot stand the sight of women, to rule the people.
Keadilan, stop pretending. Be a real alternative. Speak up against
special rights for Malays, special privileges for Islam and fight
against undemocratic practices committed under the name of race
If not, leave the real fight to those who believe that all human
beings are equal. So far PAS, Keadilan and PRM (Peopleís Party)
have never touched on equality. DAP (Democratic Action Party)
has been sleeping for the past few years.If these parties are
so afraid of equality, what is the point of talking about the
alternative front. There nothing alternative about it.
Keadilan, please wake up. Itís time to go now.