See, every time Anwar (Ibrahim, PKR de facto leader) inches closer to realising his "dream", he gets reined back.
Permatang Pauh is surely in his hands. Nothing to it.
The by-election will be a formality. But have it, we must, for the due democratic process must be obeyed.
Anwar has got Permatang Pauh already.
Or has he?
My favourite line this year -- anything can happen. And as we all have seen and bore witness to -- things have happened, not just to Anwar but his friends and foes as well.
(Anwar's wife PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Ismail won the seat in the March 8 general election, obtaining 30,338 votes. defeating Umno's Pirdaus Ismail who got 16,950.
In the 2004 general election, Dr Wan Azizah won by a small majority - 590 -- against Pirdaus.)
As, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said -- Anwar is free to contest Permatang Pauh BUT investigations into the sodomy allegation (by Saiful Bukhari Azlan) will continue.
The Prime Minister said:
"If he is thinking that by so doing (contesting in the by-election), the police would stop investigating, then this is not right. We must remember that the complainant (Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan) has lodged a report and what he is looking for is justice.
"We must not forget him. The police will continue their investigations based on the rule of law. We must carry out our responsibility so that Mohd Saiful's claims are brought to court for a decision to be made in the name of justice.
I'm not trying to pre-empt anything. But, we can expect a more stepped-up investigation and action, if this hasn't already started.
Of course, of course. The allegations must be investigated and no one is above the law!
Meanwhile, I'd like to wish Anwar -- Bon Chance! Or as we Malaysians say -- good luck!