Jusuf Kalla's claim that Anwar Ibrahim reneged on a promise is damaging to Pakatan Rakyat's image, says a political analyst (Graphic by Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak agreement that both parties will accept the results of the 13th General Election, which was mediated by Indonesia's former vice-president Jusuf Kalla, is slowly tarnishing Pakatan Rakyat’s image, said a political analyst.
This, said Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Geostrategy lecturer Profesor Dr Azmi Hassan, is why senior Pakatan leaders are unhappy with remarks by Jusuf about how Anwar reneged on the agreement after losing the 13th General Election.
“At this moment, there is a negative perception by Indonesian leaders against Pakatan, specifically Anwar himself," Azmi told The Mole recently.
“They probably have concluded that Anwar will only keep to his promises if the agreement benefits him and Pakatan. And now it is backfiring on him after he broke the agreement even though it would jeopardise his long companionship with those leaders."
Last week, it was reported that certain quarters within Pakatan, particularly Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), were unhappy following Jusuf's remarks that Anwar is a dishonourable man for not keeping his promises.
PKR communication director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad was quoted as saying that Jusuf should stop meddling in Malaysian politics.
“I think when he (Jusuf) keeps giving statements and levelling accusations against Datuk Seri Anwar (Ibrahim) and Pakatan Rakyat, he too is interfering in our politics,” the Selangor Assembly deputy speaker said.
DAP national chairman Karpal Singh also was quoted as saying that Jusuf must apologise to Anwar for an alleged breach of confidentiality
The veteran lawyer and Jelutong Member of Parliament has criticised Jusuf for publicly revealing details of a private meeting between him, Anwar and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak held in Jakarta in March this year.
He said Jusuf should not have revealed confidential details to the press about what had transpired during the meeting, adding that it did not speak well of the former vice-president.
To this, Azmi said, it was understandable why Pakatan leaders were suddenly being hard on Jusuf.
“When Anwar is known as a man who would break agreements, even with his good friends, this definitely will raise curiosity within the public, particularly his staunch supporters.
“It doesn’t look good for Pakatan’s image. That’s why Anwar and other Pakatan leaders are trying hard to neutralise the damage by pointing fingers at Jusuf,” he said.
Last month, it was reported that Jusuf and several Indonesian friends of Anwar were 'furious' with the Opposition leader for reneging on his promise accept the outcome of GE13.
“When he (Anwar) broke his promise after the election was over...I was angry with him and so were his friends in Jakarta as he failed to commit himself over the agreement,” Jusuf said.
“To that, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) called me to ask if Anwar had broken his promise over the agreement, I said ‘yes’,” he added.
Jusuf, in an exclusive interview with Merdeka Online, also accused Anwar of receiving help and assistance from Washington to interfere in Malaysian politics.
“I received a call from Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono informing me that he (Susilo) had received a call from the ‘Washington Police’ asking the president to accept Anwar’s invitation to a meeting,” Jusuf said.
Jusuf said he had told Susilo not to bow to Washington’s demands and to decline the invitation as Anwar was only the opposition leader and not the Prime Minister of the country.
Jusuf also claimed to have knowledge that countries such as the Philippines, the United States, Turkey, Thailand and China were helping Anwar fund the recent ‘Blackout 505’ rallies.