Hope is flickering across the land ahead of Anwar Ibrahim’s palace audience on Tuesday. JD Lovrenciear writes.
Between now and 13 October 2020, the nation’s pulse will pick up speed.
Since Anwar Ibrahim’s media statement confirming he has been granted an audience with the King on 13 October, the nation is suddenly abuzz. Hope is flickering from kopitiams to warongs to corporate corridors – and among political parties.
Many are looking to him to bring on a miracle to save the nation, which has been embroiled in a political mess since the Dr Mahathir Mohamad failed to keep his handover promise.
Many are hoping Anwar will have the required number of MPs to form a legitimate government so that corruption, which the Reformasi movement has been battling with, can be dealt a devastating blow. This would return the country to a semblance of normalcy.
The hope is for a just, fair and peaceful nation that does not nosedive with politicking but thrives on the politics of democracy.
Since the backdoor coup of February 2020, the people’s hopes, which have been dashed, have been in hibernation owing to the ongoing pandemic.
But on 13 October, hope will flicker again, as the people – and other nations in the region and beyond – will be looking in that same direction, where hope lies.
Will Anwar disappoint us? Or will he bring about the miracle that Malaysia now needs more than ever?