During his visit to Manila on Friday, Anwar also strewed lies that the Bersih 2.0 July 9 public demo was confronted by the police firing blindly at the protesters, causing one death and hundreds injured, some seriously, including himself.
Citing the pro-democratic uprising in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria and other Middle East countries, Anwar said pro-democratic reform in Malaysia should follow the footsteps set by the late Ninoy Aquino.
And in effort to win the heart of the Filipinos, he also said Malaysians got plenty to learn from Philippine hero Jose Rizal (here) who 'inspired him as a free man as well as a man under incarceration'.
(Rizal promoted what was described by many Filipinos and others as a 'dream' - a world without races. To second that notion was only the late John Lennon via his popular song, 'Imagine'.).
Well... Estrada and Anwar share some similarities. Estrada was convicted for plunder while Anwar for corruption and sodomy. During his tenure as the president, Estrada was accused of massing up personal wealth, which brought him down.
Another thing. Anwar also commended President Aquino's policy in combating graft by comparing corruption in Malaysia as among the worst in the world. When he was deputy prime minister, Anwar used to hammer the Philippines for its high corruption rate.
And who is Anwar and Estrada as compared to Aquino and Rizal? Both are stewards of their respective national instability and they are best known for disintegrating their own race.
Anwar also wanted the help of Estrada as his group battles with the ruling party in Malaysia’s forthcoming general elections. Getting Estrada to directly campaign for him would be a sticky matter but that the former Philippine leader’s endorsement and support could come in many ways.
“Erap is my great friend, family friend,” Anwar said, referring to Estrada by his nickname. “And how I wish he could come to Malaysia and help me in the campaign because he still has many admirers there” (here).
Admirers? Who? Rather than Estrada, Anwar should also consider getting Barack Obama or Netanyahu to help his election campaigns.
Hmmm... actually Anwar himself is gaining a lot from his close relationship with Erap the actor...