The politics of Anwar Ibrahim is all about the lust for power and the trail of destruction his quest/struggle/campaign -- whatever you want to call it -- leaves (not behind).
His old and former supporter, uber still-a-controversial blogger Raja Petra reminds his readers what Anwar is all about.
"What is Anwar Ibrahim’s greatest achievement? How will Anwar be
remembered? He will be remembered as the person who broke up and
weakened the largest and strongest Malay party, Umno, and then broke up
and weakened the largest and strongest Muslim party, PAS."
This is an excerpt from Raja Petra's posting in Malaysia Today on the soon-to-be-launched PASMA - Pas Breakaway Party .
Raja Petra says that this "was a long time coming."
He said the division in PAS between the ulama and the liberal (Erdogan) factions has been there for a long time and it was a matter of time before the liberals leave to form another party which is also nothing new in the Islamist party.
Raja Petra pointed out that PAS itself is a splinter of Umno when the ulama faction left just
before Merdeka to form a new Islamist party.
That was five years after Umno was
In 1977, Then, later on, PAS member Mohamad Nasir, left the party to form Berjasa in 1977. In 1983, Asri Muda, left
the party to form Hamim.
The blogger likened problem in PAS to that of Umno in 1997-98 which saw a split between pro-Anwar and pro-Mahathir
He also pointed out that Parti Keadilan Nasional (now Parti Keadilan Rakyat - a merger with Parti Rakyat) was of Adil, an association formed in 1999 by Anwar who was already sacked from Umno.
"In 1997-1998, Anwar was the catalyst to the problems in Umno. Today,
Anwar is also the catalyst to the problems in PAS. And we may soon see
what happened to Umno in 1997-1998 happening again, but this time to
PAS," Raja Petra wrote.
In his latest posting PASMA: Anwar's Secret Weapon , Raja Petra gives his take on why Anwar needs PASMA.