by Khalid Jafri
ANWAR ONCE SAID UMNO WAS A PARTY OF PAROCHIAL INFIDELS
This chapter comprises a long letter written by one Achmad Soebardjo Abdullah to Editor of Utusan Melayu newspaper, dated 20 April 1987. Among other things, the writer states that before joining UMNO, Anwar was once a critic of UMNO and that he had once labelled it a party of parochial infidels. Achmad also states that Anwar is a liar who made use of Islam to promote his own self interests. He also thinks that Anwar has not given a good explanation of why he joined UMNO after having criticised the party bitterly. Achmad suggests that Anwar would do anything to achieve his political ambition, even using deceit.
ANWAR IS THE CHALLENGER OF UMNO'S FRONT LINE
This chapter is an extract of an essay published in Sarina, May 1982. It discusses Anwar's entry into UMNO and the implications he would bring to the party. According to the writer, when Anwar left ABIM to join UMNO, he made waves because people expected him to join PAS and not UMNO since he was once a strong critic of UMNO. According to the report, Anwar's reason for supporting Dr Mahathir was that he was attracted to Dr Mahathir's assurance of setting up an Islamic Bank and an International Islamic University. Anwar's presence in UMNO would cause more competition in the party, as he was ambitious for top posts in UMNO.
ANWAR BRINGS A TREND OF OPPOSING SUPERIORS
This article by Khalid Jafri was published in Tempo, 5 May 1998. Jafri suggests that Anwar would challenge Dr Mahathir's leadership of UMNO in 1999 election. Jafri also states that Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is a better choice for Mahathir's successor because of his clean reputation. Moreover, the late Haji Sulaiman Palestine (an UMNO veteran) had left an admonition two weeks before his death, that Anwar was not the suitable man to succeed PM Mahathir.
ANWAR IS A TRAITOR TO HIS RACE
According to Jafri, Anwar's policies on language can be regarded as threatening the Malay language and hence Malay dominance. The status he had given to Chinese and Tamil languages in the education system would encourage language extremists from those groups to demand more rights and this would be detrimental to national integration.
WEALTH IN THE HANDS OF DAIM, POVERTY IN THE HANDS OF ANWAR
This article by Khalid Jafri was published in Tempo, 25 June 1998. Among other things, Jafri suggests that the formation of the National Economic Action Council (MATEN) by Dr Mahathir has proved that Anwar has performed badly as a Finance Minister. The appointment of former Finance Minister, Tun Daim Zai nuddin as its Chairman is a blow to Anwar's capability.
Jafri states that under Daim's leadership, Malaysia's economy prospered but under Anwar, its economy declined.
COUNTRY SUFFERED LOSS BETWEEN RM10.1-RM12.8 BILLION
This chapter discusses how Malaysia lost between RM10.1-RM12.8 Billion during Anwar's term as Finance Minister. Lim Kit Siang argues that Bank Negara Malaysia lost a lot in terms of foreign exchange when Anwar was given the full authority over the management of the country's finance. He complains that Anwar has not given reasonable explanations for the huge loss except by saying that the loss was merely a loss on paper. He urges Anwar to be more transparent in this matter.
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER
This open letter to the PM basically warns Mahathir about Anwar's hypocrisy. Among other things, the writer claims that Anwar is only pretending in supporting Mahathir. Behind Mahathir, Anwar instigates his followers to criticise Mahathir. According to the writer, Anwar uses the media to criticise Mahathir through his friends like Dato Nazeri Abdullah from Berita Harian and Johan Jaafar from Utusan Malaysia.
A STAFF OF HOME AFFAIRS MINISTRY IS ANTI-MAHATHIR
According to Jafri, Mohd Asroh Bin Mat Som, the second highest official at the Publication Unit of the Home Ministry, is actually anti-Mahathir. Asroh always wants Dr Mahathir to be criticised and not Anwar.
BETWEEN CORRUPTION AND INTEGRITY
Prior to the UMNO General Assembly in 1993 two camps were formed. One is Anwar Ibrahim's camp and another one is Ghaffar Baba's camp. Anwar Ibrahim, who was then a Vice President, had challenged Ghaffar for the Deputy President post. Thus, Anwar gathered his supporters including many Menteris Besar, Chief Ministers, Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers and many Division Heads. Since most members at the division level had nominated Anwar, Ghaffar had to withdraw from the election. In the book Tuntutan Perjuangan Bangsa, Sanusi Junid among other things says:
The one who has expressed his wish to contest today, is only Ghaffar Baba.
He is contesting to maintain his post but from the floor some havepushed for Ghaffar's post to be contested. The contest this time is a contest between corruption and integrity. The contest this time round is a contest between money and values. The contest this time round is a contest between self-interests and the interests of the race. Some say that we need reforms. What reforms? Reforms of the State or reforms of one's position?
Anwar Ibrahim was associated with the Corruption Camp while Ghaffar Baba was associated with the Integrity Camp.
It was during the 1993 election that money politics was rampant before the issue surfaced in later years.
HEAD AND DEPUTY BY SANUSI JUNID
Sanusi believes that in any organisation, relations between the head and his deputy should be solid before anything good can come out of the leadership. He suggests that if both the head and his deputy were aggressive, there would be friction. Sanusi argues that the partnership between Mahathir and Ghaffar Baba was good because Mahathir is aggressive while Ghaffar is relaxed. This chapter also deals with Sanusi's views that some influential Malays control the media, namely Berita Harian, New Straits Times and TV3 after getting a loan of RM800 million from several banks. Sanusi claims that if any reporter from these media reports anything favorable about him, the reporter would either be transferred to different departments or be sacked.
ANWAR BROKE HIS PROMISE
Anwar's decision to contest for UMNO's Deputy President post is viewed by Jafri as unethical because the DPM had earlier on promised not to challenge Ghaffar Baba for that post.
TO BECOME A MINISTER ONE NEED NOT BE CLEVER by Sanusi Junid
How a person becomes a Prime Minister and receives God's trust can be compared to the passengers of a mini bus driven by the Prime Minister. To become a Minister, we need to be at the bus station when the bus driven by the Prime Minister reaches there. If the bus just passes by although there are vacant seats, because God does not move the driver's heart to stop, we cannot board it. If the bus stops, but there is no empty room, we also cannot board it. If there is a vacant seat, and the bus stops, but because God does not move the driver's heart to invite us to board it, we will never become a Minister.
If the Prime Minister drives the bus, and we have been waiting at the train station, we also cannot board it. But if we have been waiting at the bus station and the bus stops, there is a vacant seat, the driver's heart has been moved to invite us on board, then we will board and become a Minister. But, on becoming a Minister, taking a bus driven by the Prime Minister, when the bus is travelling towards the destination, we should not tickle the driver, it will be disastrous.
SANUSI'S THEORY: DISASTER EVERY 18 YEARS
This chapter traces the development of major incidents in Malaysia that happened every 18 years. For instance, the British introduced the seeds of racism into Malaya in 1933 where the Malays, Indians, and Chinese were separated in terms of settlement and types of occupation. Eighteen years later in 1951, the British presumably contributed to the break up of Malay unity when PAS was formed. Eighteen years later in 1969, the famous May 13 incident happened. Among other things, Sanusi suggests that the cause of the conflict was the collapse of the Malay political power.
When the Malay political power is affected, I was informed that DAP members at that time, full of enthusiasm and zest had gone to the house of Selangor Menteri Besar and urinated at the flagpole of the Menteri Besar's house. That was the reason why the Malays were so furious until it led to the bloody May 13 incident.
ANWAR'S STATEMENTS CONTRADICTED DR MAHATHIR'S
Jafri states that Kubang Krian Member of Parliament Haji Mohamad Sabu had brought up this issue at the Parliament in April 1998. An extract of his speech was quoted from Harakah, 17 April 1998. Among other things, he said, "For instance, in the past the Prime Minister mentioned that the government would continue with the RM11 billion project in Langkawi, the next day the Deputy Prime Minister said they would not continue with the project."
VISION DEMANDS CHANGE IN ATTITUDE
Vision 2020 is reviewed in this chapter. Its aims are outlined among other things to turn Malaysia into an industrialised and progressive country in all aspects whether spiritually or physically. The all-rounded progress should cover all sectors like economy, politics, social and spiritual. The emphasis on the spiritual aspect is to cultivate self-confidence and a positive attitude in the people. Malaysia would emulate the West in terms of material success but it has its own perspectives and mould in terms of spiritual progress. This reverse.
According to Jafri, he is preparing to write a book on Zahid to let people know that Zahid's leadership is like a street medicine peddler. A LITTLE BIT KHALID JAFRI was a journalist with Utusan Melayu group for 17 consecutive years (1963-1980). Initially he worked as a sports writer and covered a lot of international sports events. Among other things, the SEAP Games/SEA Games 1969 in Rangoon, Burma, Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta and Singapore. The Olympic Games in Munich, Germany 1972 and Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada 1976. In Olympic Montreal as Manager of the bicycle racing team besides doing sports reports for Utusan. In sports activities, he founded the Malaysian UMNO Youth Sports Council as the first Secretary and successfully organised the first UMNO Youth Sports Carnival, in which all countries in the Peninsula participated in the early 1970s. Later he became Head of Utusan's Bureau in Johor, after attending the Montreal Olympic. He continued to serve in London as Utusan's correspondent. He once worked on a part-time basis in BBC London. On returning from London in early 1978, he was appointed as Magazines Group Editor - the first appointment that was created. In social activities, he founded the Malaysian Entertainment Journalists' Association (EJA) and was elected as its first President and also founded the first Malaysian Film Festival in support of developing the country's film industry. The Film Festival continues until now.
He also founded the establishment of the Utusan Melayu National Union of Journalist (NUJ) as the first Secretary and was a committee member of the National NUJ. He also founded the Utusan Family Body as Chairman. He was former Vice-President of the Malaysian Bicycle Racing Association and President of the Johor Bicycle Racing and founded the Johor Journalists' Association. After he left Utusan in 1980, he published his own magazines like DEWI, WIDURI, POPULAR, BOLA SEPAK, TRAVEL ADVISER, MINGGUAN SUKAN, TELATAH OLOK-OLOK, PERKAHWINAN, MOTOR and ERA EKONOMI newspaper. And the most popular is Mingguan Perdana, which was published in 1983 until it reached 400 thousand copies a week. He is the first reporter who publishes a daily newspaper that is HARIAN NASIONAL.
Contributed by Mike