CHANDRA MUZAFFAR: Anwar’s attempt to become PM ‘undemocratic’


Political scientist Dr Chandra Muzaffar said that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s attempt to become the prime minister through the “back door” by instigating massive crossovers is both unethical and undemocratic.

“A Cabinet established through such an avenue will lack moral credibility.

Parliament itself will be tarnished. Both the Executive and the Legislature — two vital arms of governance — will be perceived by the people as institutions that are bereft of integrity,” he said.

In a nutshell, acquiring power through the back door would demean and denigrate politics, he said, adding that Anwar also had no mandate to oust the democratically-elected government of the day. Anwar, he claimed, was consumed by a single-minded obsession to become the country’s prime minister in the shortest possible time.

Hence his concerted endeavour to persuade Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers in Parliament — at least 30 of them — to cross over to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) immediately, the former PKR deputy president said. [more]

Question from Is Anwar’s attempt really ‘undemocratic” or is he trying to do the right thing for the future of Malaysia given the dire economic and ethical climate faced by the nation?

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