The hot news Yesterday -- when all our troubles, including Dr M and DSAI's and Desi'3, seem'd so far away" -- appears below, hence demo of my beesy schedile because many Furongknights consult me on Opposition affairs, BUMmer's2!
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DESIDERATA: This epicsode demonstrates again the truth of the adage: In politics there are no permanent friends or foes -- only permanent interests.Desi hopes this "reconciliation" between former friends-turned deadly foes will see DS Anwar's release from prison, there courtsey of the CluelessWan aka MO1; This second imprisonment on trumped up Sodomy charges could see Dr M playing a CRUCIAL ROLE in obtaining DSAI's freedom from an act which has been described as a humongous travesty of justice!
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via LINK: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/dr-m-meets-anwar-after-18-years (Sorry I couldn't Cut&pastry; so Desi can't gift thee free Pampers unless thou art into 2nd childhood; Desi has knot!
Desi wil pen a long Rumination piece/peace this coming wickedEND. -- YL, Desi
From a foreign perspective, read from nytimes.com:---
An improbable reunion took place at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur this week, offering a snapshot of Malaysia’s fractious yet incestuous politics.
Anwar Ibrahim, the imprisoned opposition leader, was briefly allowed out of his cell to challenge a new security law. In court on Monday, in a show of support, was the man who had him put away: Mahathir Mohamad, the former prime minister.
Mr. Mahathir, Mr. Anwar’s mentor turned nemesis, now wants Mr. Anwar to join forces with him against another ex-protégé: the current prime minister, Najib Razak.
Mr. Anwar has been trying to block the implementation of the National Security Council Act, a new law that gives the prime minister the authority to declare something like a state of emergency.
“I endorse his actions,” Mr. Mahathir said Monday, referring to Mr. Anwar’s efforts.
Mr. Mahathir and Mr. Anwar had not appeared together since 1998, when Mr. Mahathir, then the prime minister, fired Mr. Anwar from his post as deputy prime minister and later accused him of sodomy, which is a crime in Malaysia. Mr. Anwar was sentenced to prison on that first charge, which was later overturned. He was then convicted on a new sodomy charge, for which he is now serving time.
Mr. Mahathir, 91, has fiercely criticized Mr. Najib and the scandals in the current administration, notably concerning a state investment fund called 1Malaysia Development Berhad, or 1MDB. Mr. Mahathir has called for the prime minister’s resignation. He also tried to stage a mutiny at their political alma mater, United Malays National Organization, or UMNO. This summer, he announced that he was creating a new party.
The next general election is expected to take place before mid-2018.
Nurul Izzah Anwar, a daughter of Mr. Anwar’s and a member of Parliament, called Mr. Mahathir’s conciliatory gesture a “good start,” adding, “but we have to follow up.”
“Institutional reform, the strengthening of the democratic space, revoking the National Security Council Act and other arbitrary laws — these are prerequisites for any agreement or cooperation,” she said.
But Shahril Hamdan, a member of the UMNO Youth Executive Committee, said that Mr. Mahathir’s sudden readiness to renounce longstanding misgivings about Mr. Anwar is evidence of his “visceral vendetta against the Najib administration.”
Others said Mr. Mahathir’s concern about the prime minister goes beyond the man. “Najib is bad news for Malay political supremacy,” said Jahabar Sadiq, the last editor of Malaysia Insider, an online news portal that closed a few months ago after being blocked by the government. And Malay supremacy is Mr. Mahathir’s cause.
Malaysian politics toes ethnic and religious lines, with most parties roughly catering to either Malay, which is mostly Muslim, and Chinese or Indian groups. This has led to uneasy marriages of fortune, especially on the opposition side.
The most successful opposition bloc was Pakatan Rakyat, which won 51 percent of the popular vote in the last general election, in 2013. But seat allocation rules nonetheless gave the UMNO-led coalition a majority in Parliament. Pakatan Rakyat comprised Mr. Anwar’s party of social democrats popular with the Chinese middle-class and the main Islamist party, known as Pas.
But without the pull of Mr. Anwar’s charisma, the coalition was vulnerable to ideological differences, notably over the so-called hudud bill, Pas’s contentious proposal to intensify some Shariah punishments in the two states it controls. UMNO played on those tensions, and last year managed to break the opposition coalition apart.
Could this change? Mr. Anwar’s base is urban, while Mr. Mahathir is popular among traditional UMNO voters in rural areas, said Ibrahim Suffian, an analyst at Merdeka Center, an independent polling group. “Partnering with Mahathir could enable the existing opposition to get more votes from Malay voters than they have been able to in the past 60 years,” he said.
Mr. Hamdan, of UMNO Youth, does not see that happening. “The opposition remains a haphazard, dysfunctional coalition of parties with diametrically opposed ideologies that cannot agree on basic policy platforms,” he said. “A couple of photos in a courtroom do not change that fact.”
In addition to preying on the opposition’s weaknesses, the government has consolidated its power in recent years through a spate of repressive measures. Mr. Najib has fired critics within his party. His administration has stepped up enforcement of the Sedition Act, which punishes anyone deemed to “excite disaffection” against the state. Recent changes to the penal code penalize “activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy.”
The National Security Council Act that Mr. Anwar is challenging gives the prime minister — not the government — vast powers to declare special security zones if determining that national security is threatened.
Mr. Anwar is challenging the National Security Council Act because it was passed without the king’s approval. He claims that royal assent is required under the Constitution, despite a subsequent amendment allowing laws passed by Parliament to automatically take effect after 30 days, with or without the consent. The amendment was passed at Mr. Mahathir’s instigation.
“It goes without saying,” Ms. Nurul Izzah said, “that most of the institutions of governance and democracy in this country were eroded by Mahathir, under his rule.”Continue reading the main story
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 5 — Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad turned up in court today for a case involving Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and met his former political nemesis for the first time after 18 years.
The PKR de facto leader and Dr Mahathir’s former deputy, who is currently serving a five year prison sentence for sodomy, is filing an interim injunction at the High Court here to stop the National Security Council (NSC) Act 2016 from being enforced.
“Pertemuan pertama selepas 18 tahun 2 hari..sejak 2 September 1998..,” Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Anwar’s wife and PKR president, tweeted as she posted a picture of Anwar and Dr Mahathir shaking hands in a crowded courtroom.