Anwar “Flight 916” Never Landed

The sms I received today at 10.30 am was” 34 MPs Flying.” I was at the Malaysia day rally at Padang Merdeka Kuching,Sarawak which was attended by over 200 PKR members,supporters and the whole press fraternity in Kuching. The presence of Tian Chua (PKR information chief) added an extra spice to the event. Malaysiakini portal carried this report which was headlined: Anwar: We have more than 31 defectors. So the sms which was circulated must have had an impact. 

We know that the whole of Malaysia including the international community expected “A NEW DAWN” after 2 pm. Excitement throughout the morning and thumbs up were the order of the day. Dark clouds started hovering in Kuching while we were waiting for the LIVE PC. However when Anwar, did not reveal the list, at about 2.20pm the skies just opened up with rain lashing down followed by a thunderstorm, blistering winds and even some trees were uprooted. A PKR member said to me in a jest,”Even the sky is crying.” To me the the faces and the body language of those in the office at PKR Stampin were one filled with a “tinge of sadness” and it was also an “inexpressible atmosphere

What to do says another member and he says that we just have to keep our Chins up and hopes Anwar pulls it off. It’s Clear, 916 to me has captivated and affected too many Malaysians and I called it earlier in my AFTERMATH report a,”  cleverly thought out “POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT” like COCA COLA’S  1969 slogan inplanted in ones brain “IT’S THE REAL THING” 

Just then an UMNO Sarawak member called me just to tell me what I already know but he put it nicely,”SAYAP SUDAH PATAH.” Why..? It’s because of the sms that the 34 Mps who were flying this morning. Where are they..? Which airport they land..?

He related an incident where a foreign U.S. helicopter pilot who was engaged during the elections in Sarawak failed to find his destination. He was ordered by the operations room personnel to pick up a ADUN Assemblyman from Sri Aman to Serian. Right on..!OK.!No problems..! One and half hour later the YB was no where to be seen.

Sensing something amissed,the pilot said cannot find Sri Aman and requests to return to base. Obviously the pilot made straight to the operations room. He opened up the map and you know what,”SIMANGGANG” was on the map. Simanggang was the old name for Sri Aman. 

Whose fault..? Miscommunications and no one specifically told the poor US helicopter pilot the name change. Todays 34 MPs two from Parti Rakyat Sarawak, the UMNO boy said,”Masir and Nyallau” and their navigator from PKR (hope not from US)must have taken a wrong turn and instead of picking them both from Sri Aman he must have been given the map which also states ‘SIMANGGANG”. So that’s why Anwar said he has more than 31 defectors..hehehehe and then the conversation was cut off.

We know that,’Politics is afterall the ”ART OF INFLUENCING OTHERS.”  Anwar at the press conference said

this “We want a peaceful transition. We hope that Barisan (Nasional) will not put up emergency rule to stop MPs from going to Parliament or arrest (government) MPs or stop them from joining Pakatan Rakyat,” he said.

That’s why we have taken a very soft, conciliatory option. I am not making excuses. We have the numbers. We can and are prepared to move. If after a few days there is no response, Pakatan leaders will meet and see what is the next course of action.”  

Well, Anwar to us the Flight 916 did not land but you have managed to shake the administration of the country eventhough today your concept did not materialise like you envisage. The “high stakes poker” game has just got more interesting. A classmate of mine who is now a lecturer in a local university said to me,”IT CAN”T BE LIKE BOLLYWOOD.” THIS IS AFTER ALL A SCRIPT IN MALAYBOLEHLAND.” Flight 916 will forever be eched in the minds of all Malaysians.



In Kelana Jaya’s Rally Malaysiakini report Anwar told his supporters to have faith that Pakatan will form the Federal government. George Michael won the Grammy for the Best Album of 1988, and won George two Ivor Novello Awards for ‘Songwriter Of The Year’ and ‘International Hit Of The Year’ (‘Faith’). I’m not about to compare Anwar with George or vice versa. One is a politician who talks himself into power while the other is a singer who has under his belt sang into the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. 

He is a music icon while Anwar is a Political icon. Earlier we pitted Anwar in the same breadth also with Brad Pitt Hollywood icon. These are people who make a mark in our lives and for Anwar to say to his supporters have “FAITH” he must deliver. The music world is also fluid, as you can and I know very well, and see artistes suffer quick burn-out and so will Anwar if his momentum is checked

As the history of popular music develops, one fact shines through: talent wins. You can’t cheat and survive for any length of time. You can’t hype and fool people more than once. You can’t hide behind image makers, or alluring videos, or the cut of this season’s clothes. Or you can – but then you die. To survive you must evolve, improve, have faith, still thrill. Longevity depends on making the best music.

Why this you may ask as it seems that today my direction is focussed on the music industry. Earlier I wrote on Zaid Ibrahim taking a 2 weeks leave accompanied by Louis Armstrong’s,”WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD”. Anwar said this which got me going full steam,” Tonight on the eve of Malaysia Day, we are ready to form the government tomorrow,” “We have the numbers to defeat BN,”

“Tomorrow is D-day, we are ready to form the government.” But the best time, I tell you, is when we have met the prime minister. A peaceful transition is paramount. He also said that Pakatan Rakyat has submitted a letter to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today seeking a meeting for a smooth transition of power.

Do you know how POWERFUL this message is to the BN.? This is also on the eve of the much awaited 916 at a rally of 25000 strong supporters. This has obviously got many in the BN camp running for covers and taking the extra pills to just have a few hours nap before “Dawn and Sunrise“. Can you wait..? Im just waiting for Anwar to tell me in person,” Audie do you believe me now.?” Well, I enjoyed the classic single of George Michael and Andrew Ridgely (Wham) – ‘Young Guns (Go For It!) and I hope Anwar you will give me something to tell my grandchildren September 16th 2008 Anwar delivered,”A New Dawn” or did he.!!