This week could be the make or break for opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. The nation waits in bated breath as the sodomy trial which has been the hovering dark clouds over Anwar in the last few years comes to its end.
The equation is simple. If Anwar’s appeal fails, his political career is as well as over. If the Federal Court upholds the Court of Appeal’s decision, then Anwar will be jailed for 5 years. If that happens, then the political landscape in Malaysia will change forever.
If Anwar’s appeal succeeds, then it would be yet another twist to how things will turn out. If Anwar survives this round, then some would be expecting there to be Round 3.
Whichever way one sees the trial, it is hard not to think about a conspiracy against him. Anwar is perhaps the only leader who has been able to join DAP and PAS, said to be oil and water. In fact, he has been able to garner a lot of respect from leaders of the 2 parties and despite numerous attempts to break up Pakatan Rakyat, the opposition front has stood together.
In fact, through Anwar’s leadership, BN suffered its worst defeat in the general elections since independence.
At face value, it seems that judging from how GE12 and GE13 turned out, the signs are quite clear that BN might just be on borrowed time.
Hence, getting rid of the leader would mean getting more ‘borrowed time’. Isn’t it?
The nation waits.