A Kadir Jasin
He urged Prime Minister Mohd Najib Razak, who was also in the US city, to engage in dialogue and reconciliation.
What political impasse is Anwar talking about or referring to?
For an impasse to occur, there must first be a meeting, a consultation or a negotiation?
And what reconciliation is he talking about?
Going by what has been happening since the May 5 General Elections, it is Anwar’s side that appears to be making any attempt at reconciliation difficult.
Anwar, his opposition cohorts and their backers continue to dispute the conduct and outcomes of the general polls.
Or is there something that we do not know and Anwar is not telling us?
Had he initiated a reconciliation dialogue with Mohd Najib but was spurned?
Or is Anwar redefining the electoral process?
Is he saying that he has he to be brought into the decision making process of the government simply because his Pakatan Rakyat pact won more popular votes (but less seats) than the Barisan Nasional in the May 5 general polls?
Or is he hinting that he is willing to talk, to reconcile and work with the BN if he and his PR colleagues are given posts in the government?
What about the Parliament?
Is it not the best and the most appropriate place to talk things over and reconcile for the sake of all Malaysians if Anwar is so desirous of the loftier things for them?
Meeting in secret, behind close doors and in far away places (like New York) does not sound very democratic, transparent and inclusive.
Still it is nice to hear Anwar longing for reconciliation with his nemesis.
Is Anwar (who is just 13 days older than I am) “getting old” and thinking of a kinder and less strident political path from now on?
Surely he is also thinking of the legacy he would like to leave behind. Also he has to think more selflessly about the sacrifices his wife, Dr Wan Azizah and their children, in particular Nurul Izzah, have done for him.
It is a shame if a fine young politician like Nuzul Izzah has to suffer the consequences of his father’s action - past, present and future.
I am sure many of Anwar’s enemies and “former friends” would reassess their stand if he transforms himself from a street fighter to sage and guru. We shall wait and see.
And despite advancing age, I still remember the 1998 trip to New York when Anwar made his famous “constructive destruction” speech to the Council on Foreign Relations and to Washington DC for the World Bank and IMF annual meeting, and the chat in his room at the JW Marriot about raising children, the jawi writing and the phone call from Michael Camdessus.
Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way….
But now we are not that young anymore.