"We are now going on an offensive. Now we have a game plan," said Saiful Izham Ramli, a member of the policy board of Anwar's PKR as quoted by Malaysiakini.
After yesterday's meeting between Wan Azizah and PM Abdullah at Parliament, Government is treading it carefully.
Anwar looks to benefit most from the favourable initial public perception. He is playing the tune and he is on a major offensive onslaught.
Coming out from the Turkish Embassy on Monday, he was quoted saying to fastforward his plan to takeover Government. Four MP including one from UMNO is jumping ship this week.
Earlier in the afternoon, PKR Vice President Sivarasa filed a civil suit against Saiful Bukhary Azlan, the "accuser" of the sodomy allegation.
Anwar appeared at the Shah Alam police station yesterday and claimed having alibi for the June 26th incident. He filed a police report against Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Musa Hasan and Attorney General, Dato Gani Patail.
Last night's gathering at the Melawati Stadium, Shah Alam attracted some 7,000 or some estimate put at 10,000. As much as Anwar is crying "conspiracy", he was repeating his conspiratorial allegation against Dato Seri Najib.
The public bought his theatrics. Malaysiakini's reader's poll measured the initial response and they generally believed Anwar. The Merdeka Centre research firm initial finding found only 10% believed the allegation and 60% believed it's politically motivated.
Poll: Almost everyone thinks Anwar's innocent
Tarani Palani Jul 1, 08 6:43pm
A whopping 94.4 percent of Malaysiakini readers believe that the fresh sodomy allegation against PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim is part of a political conspiracy against him.
Within 30 minutes, the survey which contained four questions received 900 responses with answers favouring the PKR de facto leader [see below].
About 846 respondents agreed that it was a political conspiracy while 50 others (5.6 percent) disagreed. Four respondents skipped this question.
Readers were also largely sceptical of professionalism in the police investigation of the sodomy allegation.
The question which read 'Will the police investigation into allegation of sodomy by Anwar Ibrahim be conducted in a fair and professional manner?' had an overwhelming 93.5 percent (or 837 respondents) answering a resounding "No".
Fifty eight respondents, or 6.5 percent, thought the police would be fair in their investigations. Five respondents skipped this question.
As for Anwar's puzzling move to seek refuge in the Turkish embassy for fear of his life, readers were fairly sure his life was under threat, by the measure of 76 percent (679 readers).
Another 219 (or 24 percent) thought his life was under no threat at all.
Readers were also asked the converse of the situation; whether Anwar and PKR played up the security threat in order to distract attention from the central sodomy allegations.
Those polled stayed true to Anwar and said by 74.2 percent (657 respondents) that it was not a ploy by PKR. A total of 228 readers (25.8 percent) however thought Anwar and PKR were sidetracking from the sodomy issue by raising his safety issues.
The poll is a quick take on the view of Malaysiakini readers on the issue. Future surveys will run for a longer period and have a higher sample group.
Sex scandal could backfire on gov't: Analysts
Jul 1, 08 5:22pm
Sodomy claims against Anwar Ibrahim could actually galvanise support for the charismatic opposition leader, analysts say, due to the widespread belief they are politically motivated.
The allegations, which Anwar says are a plot to prevent him from seizing power, are a re-run of events of 1998 when he was sacked as deputy prime minister and jailed for six years on sodomy and corruption counts.
Anwar fled to the Turkish embassy in dramatic scenes over the weekend, saying he feared a government assassination attempt after being hit with "fabricated" new accusations by a 23-year-old male aide.
Now he has emerged, promising a showdown with the ruling coalition which he has vowed to topple with the help of defectors, after stunning March elections that handed the opposition a third of parliamentary seats.
Observers say that whatever the truth, the Malaysian public is tired of dirty politics and deeply sceptical of the new claims - a mood that will spell trouble for the government if the case against Anwar collapses.
"If people see there is no credibility with regard to the investigation, the government will be in a very difficult position," said Mohammad Agus Yusoff, a political analyst with the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
"It will be a very dangerous political game if it's not true."
Survey: Only 10% believe in allegations
The Merdeka Centre research firm conducted a small survey that found just 10 percent of respondents believed the allegations, and nearly 60 percent viewed it as politically motivated.
"This whole episode may have benefited Anwar more than it has damaged his reputation," said the firm's pollster Ibrahim Suffian.
The affair could further undermine Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is facing calls to quit after the March elections which were followed by an unpopular fuel price hike that triggered a series of public protests.
"It has some likelihood on backfiring on the government, depending on how they handle it," Ibrahim said.
The scandal has erupted at a torrid time in Malaysian politics, with Abdullah's party in disarray after the polls, and his heir apparent deputy premier Najib Razak forced to deny links to the sensational murder of a Mongolian woman.
It also comes as the nation's justice system is in the spotlight after a number of explosive stories, including a senior judge's claim that he was sent on an indoctrination "boot camp" to promote pro-government decisions.
Anwar has said he has no confidence in the justice system, after his experiences a decade ago when he was badly beaten by the police chief and appeared in court with a black eye.
Gov't may tread more cautiously this time
Bridget Welsh, a Southeast Asia expert from Johns Hopkins University, said the scandal could either delay Anwar's plans to seize power by casting doubt over his ability to govern, or conversely jump-start his ambitions.
"Him being under attack only inspires more people to come to his defence and to rally around him, because people will potentially see this as an unfair accusation," she said.
Many observers said the authorities would tread more cautiously this time, after the saga of a decade ago.
The nation's highest court eventually overturned Anwar's sex conviction but the episode damaged the nation's reputation and reverberates to this day.
"I would not expect the Malaysian government to be so foolish as to arrest him again and ignite a groundswell within society," Welsh said.
"But the reality is is that mistakes often are made... What happens here will decide the path of Malaysia in the future."
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