'KOTA KINABALU, April 23 — By Malaysia Day, Pakatan Rakyat will form the new government. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today said that he expected the crossover of Barisan Nasional MPs to take place before Sept 16. This was the first time that the defacto leader of the Opposition alliance has put a deadline to the collapse of the Abdullah administration. His choice of Malaysia Day is interesting given that today’s press conference was in Kota Kinabalu and he is due to visit Kuching soon. The people of Sabah and Sarawak have a special attachment for Sept 16 – the day they became part of Malaysia.'
Well, I bet this news will probably not be in the Nst or Star today. Anwar made this gambit at Kota Kinabalu yesterday before leaving Kuching for another 'fishing' trip. By putting a 'date' for him to grasp power, Anwar is playing a big political gamble. What if Sept 16th comes and goes without any incident? People will question his credibility and political strategy.
Knowing Anwar, he is just rattling the big UMNO machinery. It is akin to Anwar shaking a big durian tree. By putting a date, the Umno dinosaurs will put more pressure on Pak Lah to go earlier. This will create uneasiness, infighting and instability among UMNO camps. Those with Pak Lah will surely fight back and those with anti Pak Lah camp and TDM, will step up a notch pressing him to step down. All these will weaken UMNO, and this will be one good reason for the component parties in Sabah and Sarawak to jump ship. We have seen all PBS MPs jumping ship before and it is not impossible for it to happen again if there are good valid reasons.
I am waiting anxiously for 16th September 2008.