Haris Ibrahim gives a roasting today to advertising man Anas Zubedy, who has offered another of his so-called alternatives to civil society’s alternative ideas on political change.
Anas wrote a letter to Malaysia Today to say that the ABU (Anything But Umno) campaign is all wrong. Don’t throw them all out lock, stock and barrel, he says. What if there are some good people still in Umno, he says.
To sweeten his subversive alternative to the alternative, Anas says quite nicely that he has the highest regard for Haris, the lawyer and activist who has been behind the People’s Parliament campaign, Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia, voter registration, and ABU.
Haris was also, for a year, president of the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement started by Raja Petra Kamarudin as a “Third Force” for political change.
Just a week ago, Anas had popped up with a letter to Free Malaysia Today proposing his own alternative to the RPK-inspired Third Force. Anas stole the idea, the name, and even has a badge (using the numeral instead). His “alternative” method of choosing election candidates is that they must agree to several Umno-like Malays First pre-conditions, such as accepting Malay culture as the dominant culture.
In response to Anas’s latest move, a very courteous Haris did not quite say that Anas is a blowhard trying to subvert civil society. But you can gauge Haris’s feelings from this passage:
Yes, Anas, not all the whores, robbers and thieves in UMNO are bad. But whores, robbers and thieves, nonetheless.
Ahh… stirring stuff, that.
Haris Ibrahim’s piece is at The People’s Parliament
The latest Anas Zubedy attempt to subvert political change and keep Umno in power is at Malaysia Today
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