The Malaysia that we all aspire to has no place for gutter politics. We have no place for PI Bala, Deepak or Musa Hassan.
All the usual suspects – Anwar Ibrahim, Subang MP R Sivarasa, PKR vice-president N Surendan and key PKR players – when will they ever learn?
“So he [Anwar] said I give you the place, whatever you want to do I help you, but you have to help me lah, of course it is understood lah,” said the man in the video.
Is this not deja vu again? Have we not heard all this before during the PI Bala inquisition? An inquisition that was supposed to cause “porak peranda” (create chaos and disorder) within Umno by making Najib Tun Razak a liar?
And yet on the very next day private investigator P Balasubramaniam made an about-turn to hit Anwar and the usual suspects full in their faces as he retracted his first statutory declaration (SD).
And now Deepak Jaikishan and Musa Hassan. It has all the hallmarks of a situation that Anwar and his usual suspects would rub their hands in glee at the prospect of using for their political advantage – durian runtuh, says the Malays.
These are desperate men who have outlived their usefulness to the powers-that-be but still with a story to tell about intrigues, money politics and corruption in which they themselves were embroiled.
These are people that Anwar and his usual suspects can have use of. Desperate and with nowhere to turn, these men will clutch at any straw and go to the ends of the earth to have someone champion their pathetic cause. And that someone is invariably Anwar.
You scratch my back, I scratch your back. Shades of corruption, money politics and what happened in Sibu with the Najib “You help me, I help you” rejoinder that our prime minister extended to the people of Sibu.
The people of Sibu, to their credit, threw it back to this prime minister of ours with interests.
And to try and enhance his non-existing credibility, Deepak brings Nurul Izzah Anwar into this sordid affair, knowing full well that she is about the only credible thing left within PKR, hoping against hope that if he can somehow link Nurul to the mess, some of her credibility will rub onto to his sorry situation.
Of course, Anwar denies any involvement in this re-emergence of Deepak.
“The allegation [that Pakatan is behind this exposé] is baseless. Look at the facts,” Anwar had said. He had explained that Deepak’s exposé was clearly linked to a court trial, and that he had no control over court dates.
“What has that got to do with us? He wanted to adduce evidence, saying that money was transferred to the PM or his wife. What has that got to do with me?” he had said.
Buck stops with Anwar
Anwar, what if the emerging facts point to your collusion in using Deepak and this sordid gutter politics of his “untuk mecemar” Najib and Rosmah? What then?
What then of your aspirations to be prime minister of Malaysia? What then of Pakatan Rakyat’s chances to win the 13th general election?
Someone needs to tell Anwar that the bucks stop with him. I will be that person.
Anwar, I don’t really care if Deepak feels remorse on the Bala’s SD issue. I don’t care if Deepak now wants to expose the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
And I really do not give a flying rat’s arse if there are questions to be answered by Najib and Rosmah.
For most of us, Najib and Rosmah are toast. Burnt toast at that. Nothing they say or do, nothing anybody say or do, can change that.
The Malaysia that we all aspire to has no place for gutter politics. We have no place for Bala, Deepak or Musa Hassan.
And Anwar’s interest will be best served if he understands the need for him to have no part in them telling the “truth” about Najib, Rosmah, Umno or BN.
If they did not have the courage to make a stand then, then Anwar has no business to be in the same room with these people – what more collude with them for whatever purpose.
Those who are prepared to sacrifice their integrity and honour for personal gain deserves whatever that comes their way.
CT Ali is a reformist who believes in Pakatan Rakyat’s ideologies. He is a FMT columnist.