The Last Tango

By Masterwordsmith

Can you hear it? The war drums are beating or, as the Malays say, gendang dipalu. The battle cry is resonating loudly. And the natives are getting extremely restless. The 13th General Elections is expected to be held in November after the new Budget is unveiled .

But the 13th general election is not just the 13th general election. It is the final showdown between Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. It is the Battle Royale, the final determination of the last man standing. This is the crucial test as to who will reign Putrajaya as the Emperor of Malaysia and who will sit out his final days in the Sungai Buloh Prison.

But this is not about a turf war between two people who think they are God’s gift to Malaysia and therefore should be Numero Uno in the administrative capital of Malaysia that used to be called Perang Besar before the name was changed to Putrajaya.

This is about who shall take the reins of leadership and guide Malaysia through the most critical period where the brain drain and capital flight over the last couple of years promises to relegate Malaysia to the level of a third world nation with third world mentality.

This is about what lays in store for the rakyat if the country is torn apart by battling giants who will lay waste to whatever little is left of this country. Is there not a Malaysian saying that when the elephants fight the grass gets trampled?

A few weeks ago, RPK already predicted that the 13th GE will be held after the Budget – which means the Budget is likely to be an ‘election budget’ with a lot of goodies to beguile the rakyat into voting for BN. He said:

The government realises how dangerous it is to allow the march to go on. To a certain extent the November 2007 march, BERSIH 1.0, had an affect on the March 2008 general election. They are worried that the BERSIH 2.0 march may also affect the next general election, whenever that may be held — probably on 11 November 2011 or 11-11-11 according to some estimates.

Lim Kit Siang also spoke about it here.

RPK has planned for the MCLM AGM to be held outside Malaysia in December because he expects the BN to retain the Federal government which will mean all doors are closed for his return to the country. If not, he would have planned for the MCLM AGM to be held in KL. The AGM will be held outside Malaysia with a video link or SKYPE connection for those in Malaysia to participate.

The performance of Pakatan Rakyat thus far leaves much to be desired. There is a huge gap between what was promised and what has been delivered. Because of this, Pakatan Rakyat may fail to win the confidence of the voters. Najib is not about to twiddle his thumbs and let Pakatan take over and then spend a long time in the Sungai Buloh Prison for a variety of crimes, maybe even murder. Still, it is not too late for Pakatan Rakyat to get its act together.

This ‘Last Tango’ in the guise of the 13th GE will be a life-and-death struggle between Najib and Anwar.

And only one man will be left standing at the end of it. It is winner takes all and loser lose all. One will “die” and the other will be “immortal’.

Obviously, the stakes are high and this is a fight to the death and could be brutal and bloody, figuratively speaking.