Sunday, July 8, 2012

Anwar is nobody to Indonesians, Filipinos

It was last Tuesday that I had dinner with two Indonesian and three Filipino diplomats in Ampang. Our conversation centered on bilateral relations, people-to-people engagement and of course... Anwar Ibrahim.

Yes. Anwar remains the compulsory subject to the diplomatic corp, especially after he sought refuge in an embassy in 2010 over 'that thing' issue.

But beyond the Malaysian shore, the Opposition Leader is nobody. Although he likes the publicity and attention given by the foreign media, he always forget the general truth about the Press - that they look at Anwar and other opposition figures as their main selling point, nothing more.

Bapak 'S' of the Indonesian Embassy confirmed the fact that in his Republic, not many people talk about Anwar. Among the leaders, Anwar is of no significant. In other words, he means nothing to the country, except for his close relationship with some quarters who believe he is doing the right things for Malaysia.

"However, the Indonesians will not go to the extent of rallying behind him, helping him here in Malaysia or to raise fund for his politics. This is not Suharto's era when Anwar was popular as a Malaysian Cabinet member.

"We have a more moderate and forward-looking leaders who will not interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries. Indonesians, by and large are still too obsessed over bread and butter issue. So, there is no question of giving support to the Malaysian opposition. To them, Anwar is just another Malaysian who got friends in the Republic."

The Indonesian media, he added, seldom gives space to Anwar and Malaysian politics unless it has some 'links' to the Republic, i.e cultural and manpower issues.

"Our media too are busy giving wake-up calls to Indonesians to compete healthily with Malaysia, economically and socially. So, if Anwar claims of getting any support from the Indonesian media, he is wrong."

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin who just wrapped up his six-day working visit to Indonesia, confirmed this yesterday (read here).

Muhyiddin said he believes Indonesian government and political party leaders would not be easily influenced by Anwar's propaganda, whose influence in the republic was not as great as it had been made out to be.

"Indonesian leaders were better informed of the Malaysian political climate and acknowledged the long-standing good bilateral relations with Malaysia. To me, the situation is not as that portrayed by him (Anwar), that he is highly influential in Indonesia. I do not see it that way. He does not get much space in the local media to show that what he is doing is something great."

In the Philippines, Anwar, whom many used to equate him to Jose Rizal, is not very popular at all.

"If you talk to about 100 people in Manila, maybe one or two would say they've heard about Anwar. Our newspapers and TV stations rarely gave him space, not like when he was Malaysian deputy prime minister and finance minister.

"Yes, he is close to some top politicians but people like Estrada (former President) is losing grip and is facing graft charges," said Mr 'Bat' of the Philippines Embassy.

"Filipinos usually do not care who lead the government and who are the opposition leader of other countries. They prefer to read news about (giggling) the US and Spain..."

To a question as to whether the Muslims of Mindanao know Anwar, he said: "Nope. They are busy with their own mission. Newspapers in Cotabato, for instance, never published anything about Anwar. The only news is about Malaysian peace mission for that region.

"Do you know that they don't even know who the (Philippines) President is?"

23 comments:

i dont care said...

eh,

i thought he used to say that more than half of the indonesian population supports him.

there was also a report in an indonesian newspaper that anwar is very popular in the republic.

now, which is which?

muhyiddin could be wrong also!

penangan said...

salam tn,

memang begitulah anwar. memang dia popular di kedua-dua negara, malah di negara lain ketika dia jadi timb pm. tapi macam orang putih kata, its history.

anwar sekarang bukan anwar yang dulu lagi. dia banyak masalah peribadi dan banyak pula beri masalah kepada negara.

saya rasa rakyat malaysia yang suatu ketika dahulu menyokong dan mengagung-agungkan dia pun dah mula merasa sangsi terhadapnya, lebih2 lagi bila dia mula merapu dalam banyak perkara.

takkanlah rakyat indonesia dan filipina pun nak sokong dia. apa yang mereka dapat kalau sokong dia pun?

betul tak?

magellan said...

if he thinks he is another rizal, he must he dreaming.

rizal fought a different war in the philippines. anwar is of no match to rizal credibility.

Anonymous said...

tarantador!

hahahahaah!!!!!

mat gombau said...

alaaaa...

macam kito kona saddam hussein dan fidel castro sobab kito baco dalam suatkaba.

memang ado antaro kito yg sokong saddam tapi kito tak buek apo pun. setakat sokong mulut yo.

macam tu lah diorang luar ni sokong anwar sobab dio ponah jadi tpm kito.

tapi zaman tu dah berlalu, boto tak waghih! dah tak samo macam dulu.

dulu lain, sekarang lain; dulu baring, sekarang tonggeng!

pro-Pakatan said...

jgn pandang rendah pada kemampuan anwar.

apa yang muhyidin cakap tu cuma nak sedapkan hati orang bn dan umno je walhal anwar memang dikagumi dan disokong oleh majoriti rakyat indoesia.

kita tunggulah pru nanti!

nusantara said...

i believe the americans and the western people know him better than any indonesians who know him.

kulit tebal said...

so, who says he is a somebody? even the indonesians dont know what pkr is.

their main concern is how to make ends meet.

anwar got acquaintances there, alrite but they wont participate in anything anwar does.

mulong, sibu said...

i think more filipinos know anwar than the indonesians do.

in the philippines, anwar is seen as a liberation hero like jose rizal.

i also believe anwar will succeed in taking over putrajaya because of his clean and clear intention to bring about changes to the nation.

and i dont care what people say about him.

Anonymous said...

anwar ni cuma pandai temberang dan dabik dada kononnya satu dunia sokong dia.

apa raaaa.... dalam pkr sendiri pun tgh berkecamuk!

Anonymous said...

aku rasa cuba golongan LGBT di indon dan filipina yg suka kat dia ni.

keh keh keh!

Anonymous said...

no point discussing about anwar.

wasting time.

lets get more indon and filipino women to malaysia!

ex-army, penanti said...

alangkah baiknya kalau anwar masih seperti dulu walaupun dipenjarakan.

alangkah eloknya seorang anwar ibrahim yang mementingkan negara dan bangsanya daripada menjerit slogan kebebasan serta hak golongan lgbt!

saya kesal kerana anwar yg saya pernah rapat dah jadi seperti manusia hilang arah kerana kuasa...

Anonymous said...

The pro-Rear Admiral fellows are so adamant that he is somebody in our neighboring countries and has high hopes that he'll take over putrajaya, goes to show how effectively the 'devil' himself managed to possess and brainwash them like he's an angel..... I think after this he may only take over a warong in Putrajaya along with some indonesian's to work for him!!!!

Hidup Najib!! Hidup BN!!

an arbitrator said...

i am not in support of anwar. however, it is interesting how he is changing the political landscape of the country, especially in instilling more interest among malaysians to explore what is there in domestic politics and how it should be administered.

whether he will make it or not in the next national poll, anwar is already making big impact nationwide...

demi melayu said...

jangan terlalu menghina dan merendah-rendahkan anwar. begitu juga terhadap pemimpin terdahulu seperti dr mahathir. masing2 ada jasa kepada negara dan rakyat. ini semua orang melayu, orang kita. melayulah yang perlu mencorakkan bagaimana negara malaysia harus dimajukan bersama-sama kawan2 kita di kalangan orang cina, india dan yang lain2. tidak perlulah orang melayu berbalah sampai begini sekali demi kuasa... sedih!

Anonymous said...

piraaahh mabuk dengan pakatan rakyat ni.

cakap tak serupa bikin.

kalau kalah nanti, make sure anwar betul2 berundur!

menyusahkan melayu!

sugumaran said...

had he remained in dr m's cabinet, he would have been our pm today.

sad...

nasi & kicap said...

true.

whats the gain for the foreigners to support him?

R.Wacho said...

Bro.
Jika Mahayuddin dan Najib mempunyai pengaroh yang kuat di Inonesia,kenapa sejak Najib menjadi PM,kita mempunyoi banyak sekali masaalah dengan Indonesia.Daro soal sempadan,Amah,Tarian dan banyak lagi.Tidak pernah terjadi kita mempunyai masaalah dengan Inone
Sia sabelum ini.

Ketua risekan Indonesia baru i lantek dan orang yang pertma ia berjumpa ialah Anwar bukan Najib
atau Mahayuddin.Kenapa dia perlu berjumpa Anwar.Tak payah lah kta biising siapa yang lebeh berpengaoh,cukup lah jika sya berkata hubongan kita dengan Inonesia mlalui asa yn paling sukar.

Anonymous said...

anwar and his gang keep on makin this and that claims but none of which is reliable.

if the indonesians support him, they must be out of their mind!

Anonymous said...

dah la nuar oiiii....


rakyat dah tau semua tembelang kau!

Anonymous said...

do the indonesians and the filipinos know who najib is? who muhyuddin is?
they don't? not many do? oh, ok.

and you can wriete a blog post about them not knowing anwar? oh, ok.