Halting a moment from all the melodramatic plays put up by UMNO: purging political opponents under the disguise of purging the corrupt, purging the opposition under the disguise of defending the Rulers, purging the truth under the disguise of defending parliamentary etiquette, the time has come for the nation to take a step aside and consider who truly fits to be the leader.
Never before were the present parties in the Pakatan Rakyat with their different ideologies able to unite as one for the country. There was always a sense of mistrust amongst DAP and PAS. Yet we find that Anwar Ibrahim has the ability and the special quality of leadership in him, to bring these different parties of differing ideologies together with his broad vision. Bringing them together with the vision of defending the Rakyat, Anwar is able to motivate them by persuasion rather than intimidation, threat or bribery. He is able to exude his contagious confidence to the others.
Thanks to the divide and rule policy of the BN government the public has been under, for the past 50 odd years, people have become suspicious of each other. Every race in the country has been trained and brainwashed by the present government machinery not to trust each other.
The parties with such stalwarts such as Tok Guru Nik Aziz, Hadi Awang, Lim Kit Siang, Karpal Singh and many others are much respected by the people. They are people of principles, who have been working tirelessly all these years. They too have been fighting all these years for the betterment of the country without fear or expectations. All these people and others from the Pakatan Rakyat have been silently working to bring about a better Malaysia. They have all gone unnoticed by the majority of the people all these while, because the sound of the BN drums have been deafening and has drowned the sounds of these true heroes and warriors.
We also find that to be a leader of a growing country, we need someone who is accepted both nationally and by the international community. Anwar Ibrahim is well recognized internationally and has a good reputation in other countries too. From Indonesia to Japan, from Europe to the Arab Nations, from Africa to the United States, he is a well respected figure, who will be able to garner support from the other countries.
Another very vital and endearing quality in a good leader, which Anwar has, is not to carry a personal vendetta. Anwar has gone through the fires of test in his life, with his conviction and jail sentences. He has gone through all sorts of persecution under the hands of Mahathir and his people. This is an important quality needed for a good leader. Mahatma Gandhi was trampled by the British, Nelson Mandela was jailed for 27 years, and the likes of these great people had this unique quality of not harbouring hatred or revenge against their persecutors but to look forward towards the future of the people and country.
The time is no more here, to say who should not be the leader of Malaysia. The time has come now, to say who should lead Malaysia. The time is now to speak of Anwar the great leader who has the ability and charisma to unite the diverse people of Malaysia, namely, Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Dayaks and many other ethnic groups who truly are the Anak Bangsa Malaysia. The time is nearing towards the nation moving forward, in achieving a peaceful, prosperous and a united Malaysia.