MY HEROES !

MY HEROES !

 

Edited the extracts  from Antares’ blog

I do not wish to elaborate about my two greatest HEROES of my life:

General Aung San of Burma and his daughter Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

The other HEROES are_

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has got what it takes to steer this floundering ship back on course. And what it takes is intelligence, courage, stamina, adaptability, good humor, experience, and most importantly, ethical sense.

His resilience has been proven over the last ten years by_

  • his capacity to transmute tragedy into triumph,
  • transforming himself from victim to victor 
  • and all the while maintaining his dignity, clarity, and focus.

 

Whatever his early political agenda, the Anwar Ibrahim of 2008 has been

  • forged in the furnace of personal pain and endurance.
  • In 1998 he could have taken the money and run –
  • become an academic or corporate CEO.
  • But he didn’t.
  • He stood up to Mahathir and fought like a man.
  • That’s how he gained my respect and admiration and trust. There are very few in our midst today that I can describe as “heroic.”

 

Nobody can match what Anwar Ibrahim has accomplished: he has led us through the Chapel Perilous of racial politics and now, for the first time since Merdeka, we can look around and appreciate the beauty of our own diversity and say, “Vive la difference!”

 

DSAI, more than any other political icon in the country, succeeded in transcending his own childhood prejudices

  • to embody the universal values that will unite rather than divide us as a nation.
  • That is indeed the mark of a hero.
  • Let us honor this hero (who nearly became a martyr) by giving him what he fully deserves – the chance to serve as prime minister (at least till he tires of it or we tire of him).

 

There has been a systematic attempt to undermine Anwar’s credibility by those who recognize that he is indeed the most intelligent, adaptable, and charismatic leader to emerge.

 

DSAI’s_

  • 6 years of humiliation,
  • imprisonment
  • and intense suffering was the furnace that remolded the man into a prime ministerial candidate.

The so-called experts who move in power circles are all suffer from the disease: hero-envy!

  • They all are secretly envious of Anwar because
  • he has the capacity to reinvent himself –
  • from victim to victor within 10 years.

Remember those images of Anwar from early 1999,

  • with black eye,
  • frogmarched around by policemen,
  • in constant pain from a spinal injury,
  • attending his mother’s funeral in a wheelchair,
  • not allowed to seek medical treatment in Germany.
  • .. slowly poisoned by arsenic mixed into the paintwork of his Sungai Buloh cell.

Look at him today. I for one am very impressed and will publicly name him a national hero. He showed Malaysians you can defy a powerful dictator and live!

DYMM Raja Petra Kamaruddin

 

DYMM Raja Petra Kamaruddin stood by Anwar Ibrahim in the early days of his rebellion against monumental odds and was arrested under the ISA for his efforts. He was a tireless webmaster for the official Reformasi website and that subsequently led to his launching Malaysia Today – a “no holds barred” local news portal that has played a crucial role in exposing the dark side of Umno-BN and gained an immense readership. Indeed, RPK grew to be such a thorn in BN’s backside a police report was filed against him by an Umno hatchetman and he was interrogated for eight hours. He threw his energy into the Opposition campaign as a featured speaker at many ceramahs (political rallies). Although a bona fide prince, RPK has always been accessible, down-to-earth and his finger is firmly on the pulse of the people. A large part of the credit for what happened on March 8th must go to RPK.

 

Mr Steven Gan

 

Mr Steven Gan is the managing editor of Malaysiakini, who stuck to his guns as a political journalist and quit The Sun when he rubbed the establishment up the wrong way. In 1999, at the height of Reformasi fervor, Steven teamed up with Premesh Chandran to launch Malaysia’s first news portal. Over the years Malaysiakini has survived several police raids and the confiscation of its computers. For invaluable services rendered to truth-loving Malaysians, this news portal deserves a standing ovation – and a thousand-fold increase in subscribers!