Some of you all commented in my last post about PM Anwar's recent visit to Saudi Arabia.
Some said he went there to draw in investments while others ridiculed him for failing to even meet with the rulers of that country.
It was quite hilarious too when Anwar's supporters yesterday tried to defend the merit of his trip there with the entire Malay Mail's webpage being filled with such stories for several hours.
Wished I could tell my old friend Leslie Lau that he and his Malay Mail gang are turning into what NST used to be for Umno - not very smart and spineless mouthpiece.
On my part. I didn't even read the story when I saw the headlines about Anwar's trip to Saudi Arabia..
As far as I'm concerned, it was just another Anwar being a pious Muslim show.
If his intention was to get investments, then he should instead go to Beijing.
Trying to cosy up to the Arabs may land you into jail, okay. Look at Najib.
Well, cosying up to a chubby Chinese conman is also not good.
But, Anwar is not too stupid not to know that.
The way I see it, what he needs more now than anything else is being seen as a highly moral Islamic leader, at least among the Muslims..
Visiting Saudi Arabia looks very Islamic to most people, you know.
It's because state elections are coming in a few months time.
Pakatan, Umno and the gang would need to win over the Malay Muslims' votes and they can't do that with their government being linked to programmes such as the Jom Ziarah Gereja event.
They also can't have things such as the Thai Hot Guys or Cute China Doll stuff....at least for the time being.
So, Anwar as the PM needs to take the lead by showcasing his pious Islamic image for now, thus the Saudi Arabian trip.
Just like all that many years ago when he, along with several others founded Abim.
Other leaders should also showcase their fondness of Islam and how much they love the Muslims.
Maybe Hannah Yeoh could attend more Ramadhan programmes.
Donating some of her MP allowance to masjid and surau the other day was a good move. I think it melts the heart of Muslims after all the nonsense about the gereja programme.
Malay Mail could do a lengthy article about it.
They need to jaga hati of the Malay Muslims over the next few months....at least until after the state elections.
A lot is at stake, okay.
Of the six states that will hold the elections, Penang is probably Pakatan's only good bet.
Looking back at what happened in GE15, the Malay-dominated Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah are likely to stay with Perikatan, while Pakatan-held Selangor and Negeri Sembilan are in danger.
It would be a very tough fight in Selangor and Negeri Sembilan with both states having a higher percentage of Malays than Johor.
If Pakatan and Umno fail in the two states, then Pakatan would probably have only Penang left while Umno has Pahang, Johor, Malacca and Perak.
Sabah and Sarawak, as they were following the outcome of GE15, would go where Umno would go.
If the Malay votes' swing continues, then Umno may be forced to switch sides or die.
Okay, I know, they are already half dead after GE15, but another humiliation at the state polls would seal the coffin for good.
Looking at the way Zahid manages the party now, I think it would die.
Honestly, I gave up on them after all the post-GE15 nonsense within the party.
It's too much for me to bear.
Well, I'm not an Umno member anyway, so Umno people shouldn't get angry with me.