What does it mean to be a politician? Lately this word “politician” is regarded as a bad thing. There is a widespread public believe that politicians from both sides are failing the nation. This stems from the fact that as the BN fight internally and continue to fail to govern, Pakatan Rakyat is also seen to be doing its own infighting. Who then is looking after the interests of the rakyat?
It is obvious that a few politicians are determined to cause a break up of Pakatan Rakyat but their actions do not represent the large majority of us. The majority of Pakatan Rakyat MPs and ADUNs are not reacting to the baits and poisons of those who are motivated to quarrel. We the majority, continue to do our work and serve the community day in day out.
Today’s meeting is especially important for Pakatan Rakyat. Anwar Ibrahim may be going to jail next Tuesday and the roadmap for a possible Pakatan Rakyat without him, need to be discussed and drawn out today. How the leaders behave in today’s meeting will speak volumes of their commitments and intentions.
A Pakatan Rakyat politician sacrifices a lot. Their family, personal safety, career and finances are put on hold. Some face jail terms and lawsuits for their beliefs.
Anwar Ibrahim is a leader of countless sacrifices. He is a true humanitarian, at home with the common folks. He is a man who appreciates poetry, philosophy and enjoys a good laugh. He has solid academic and public policy background. He is an inspirational leader. He is a husband, a father and a grandfather.