KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 – A video featuring South Indian movie superstar Kamalhasan is now making the rounds among the Indian community in Port Dickson and the rest of the country, in support of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The video shows the versatile actor and host of reality TV series Big Boss, praising Anwar, whom he says has gone through a lot of suffering, having been in jail, and it is his destiny now to return to politics.
Specifically mentioning the Port Dickson by-election tomorrow, Kamalhasan says the people must vote for him as it will help the new government.
Following the script
The video seems to have been scripted for the actor to just read, and that is evident as he struggles to read the name of the seat, “Port Dickson”.
This is just the latest “episode” of a South Indian cinema legend speaking up for a political leader in Malaysia.
Prior to the 14th general election on May 9, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was also seen to have the endorsement of superstar Rajinikanth.
The actor, who shot the movie Kabali in Malaysia a few years ago, posed with Najib on the latter’s visit to India in January this year, and the photographs continued to circulate right up to GE14.
The question however is if such a tactic will work, with statistics showing that Indian voters had largely gone with Pakatan Harapan in GE14, despite the support from the hugely-popular Rajinikanth.
Interference from foreign governments and intelligence service
The issue of foreigners interfering in the local political scene comes to mind. It is not the first, nor will it be the last.
However, as a Washington Times opinion piece two weeks seemed to suggest, it can also have even more sinister roles, when it comes to foreign intelligence.
The commentary by a writer named L Todd Wood for the highly-respected US daily, spoke of a conspiracy theory involving Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his supporters within the Pakatan Harapan coalition.
“Beneath all of the political jockeying and coalition building lies darker arts of political maneuvering — blackmail, hypocrisy and pervasive corruption, with powerful figures pulling the strings.
“There was a promise to Anwar Ibrahim to give him the prime minister’s chair in two years by Mahathir, who has publicly committed himself to the arrangement.
“However, I have personally listened to hours of tapes made of a senior government official close to the prime minister, made by an informant, who declared that Mahathir never intends for Anwar to be prime minister in his own right,” Wood wrote, adding that it was because the two-year term was never put in writing and Mahathir may want to stay on longer.
A new sex tape?
The writer also alleged that Japanese intelligence sources have provided a sex tape incriminating the PKR president, and that it may be used to force Anwar into a corner and allow for Mahathir to choose his own successor to the premiership.
“The recordings from the informant have also provided evidence of a sex tape showing Anwar Ibrahim having gay sex with a teenager. If he doesn’t play along, the tape will be released, and Anwar Ibrahim goes back to jail,” Wood said.
There had always been misgivings among many political observers on how the supposed transition of power from Mahathir to Anwar was to take place. So it is left to be seen, when and how it will take place, if at all.
The political drama in the country, which reached a peak with the first ever change of government last May, does not seem like it is going to end, let alone stabilise, anytime soon.