The man has as many supporters as he has enemies.
In the Sun's issue yesterday, journalists R. Nadeswaran and Terence Fernandez spoke to Parti Keadilan Rakyat de-facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.
I'd just like to lift a few excerpts from the Q&A.
On Utusan Malaysia portraying him negatively:
"They were demonising us, saying that we are traitors to the Malays.
That's interesting. 'I am a traitor to the Malays'. I have not taken one share, no taxi permit, no contract in the name of bumiputra and all those so-called champions of Malays have taken hundreds of taxi permits, APs and contracts by the hundreds of millions of ringgit."
On what can be expected from the new Selangor government:
"First, its governance. There was so much of wastage,corruption, leakages and alienation of land. According to the reports I have, hundreds of millions of ringgit are literally down the drain. But we have to be careful. We cannot create the impression that we are going
to dismantle everything, because we will lose investor confidence. People want stability and continuity. The only major issue we accept is the mentri besar’s recommendation to review
the water agreement. The water agreement is virtually scandalous! And it is a burden
On media organisations who wouldn't touch him with a 10-foot pole but are now wanting to court him:
"I have no malice. You know, sometimes I laugh at these people. This is the quality of people and they think they are great. I have no personal agenda. They have. Some of them are scared. Dead scared! They came to see me saying we are sorry, but were forced to do this and do that. In a way it is good - not that it is fair for them to put me in prison and treat me that way … but
it is a good experience. And if people make mistakes and are remorseful, we should give them a chance. I always believe that."
Well...I know what the ani-Anwar guys are saying. But listen...you'll just have wait and see whether he delivers.
Whether (this is such a cliche) he walks the talk....etc etc..