Kuala Lumpur, Nov 21 — There is an adage. “You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain“. Or in Anwar Ibrahim’s case, the ignoramus.
Anwar’s downfall has been years in the making, with his failure to get a reality check, coupled with his penchant on relying on thugs, moneybags, brownnosers, yes-men’s, and the likes have come to the fore.
The recently concluded Melaka State elections saw PKR being completely wiped out in all of the 11 seats it contested, despite being allocated more than its Pakatan Harapan (PH) partners Amanah and DAP, which won one and four seats respectively.
While some points of its defeat point to a strong rejection by Malay voters, the party also lost in Machap Jaya, which is significant as it is the only non-Malay majority seat PKR contested.
Seven other non-Malay majority seats were contested by DAP, which won four of them.
A long-standing call to replace Anwar as the chairman of Pakatan Harapan is set to be renewed in the wake of his oft-repeated failures, seen as a liability for the opposition coalition as a whole.
Calls for Anwar to step down are nothing new, because as recently as August, his failure to gather enough support from opposition MPs to fill the vacuum left by Muhyiddin Yassin’s resignation had ignited debate on whether he was still relevant.
For several years now, many political observers and Malaysians alike have questioned Anwar’s ability to lead the coalition, saying that PKR would have a difficult time with its partners, especially DAP, in the allocation of multiracial seats at the next general election.
“The defeat in Machap Jaya will only strengthen DAP’s resolve not to give in to PKR or Amanah when it comes to non-Malay majority seats.”
Even its decision to field big names such as former chief minister and ex-Umno man Idris Haron in Asahan, or federal MP and PKR information chief Shamsul Iskandar in Paya Rumput failed to deliver seats.
In Tanjung Bidara, where the percentage of Malay voters is the highest in Melaka, PKR’s Zainal Hassan lost his deposit, obtaining only 489 votes.
A quick check reveals that in areas contested by PKR, PH came in last among the three major coalitions, getting 16.3% in popular votes behind underdog Perikatan Nasional with 18.7%.