Friday, October 28, 2011
Anwar the Decepti-Con
Compounding the concerns was the government’s expansionary budget for 1998. Unveiled on October 17 1997 by Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, the budget further disappointed the markets as it failed to signal fiscal austerity. As Gomez and Jomo aptly noted “the mid-October 1997 budget announcement for 1998 was seen by foreign financial interests as further evidence of official denial of the gravity of the crisis and its causes…. Notes by Shalendra D.Sharma on Malaysian Capital Control during the 97 financial crisis.
Does that ring the bell? Especially those who now know what it did not know back then?
Who again? Anwar Ibrahim as the then Finance Minister drilled down bitter IMF medicine which Tun Dr Mahathir recognised as Cyanide instead of Penicilin.
Yet the very same person who seemed to have transformed himself has this to say about Malaysia’s financial health. In fact he has gone on and on, about the 2012 budget but nothing about how he dished out his budget when he was at the helm of the ever powerful MOF.
You might ask why if ever is this relevant.
I will give you an example, a glaring one too.
Instead of pointing out to PAS the importance of safeguarding the constitution, he sent a message to PAS that if indeed PR would ever cease power to rule over Malaysia, he would back PAS and the implementation of Hudud no matter what.
And here you have Nik Aziz going on and on about how PAS did never dropped their quest to defend Islam by implementing Hudud (although it baffles me how that is relevant because we would end up burdening the federal health program by introducing more ‘OKU’s into the population).
I was forewarned by a friend to stop commenting about Hudud because I am a non-believer. But if I am another concerned citizen of the country I so love, why can’t I speak out against a political party hell bent on introducing something that even Muslims themselves condemn? What more to introduce into law acts that human rights activists deplore?
My point? How is it that politicians can quickly forget about how what they use to fight for? Don’t take my word for it, but do look up the 1997 budget announcement and then tell me what Anwar is saying now, and then look me straight in the eye and say, this is the man you want to see as the head of state.
Posted by Tony Yew at 09:58