Just 48 hours to go for the Tuesday deadline to expire.
That’s the deadline given by Anwar for the PM to convene Parliament for an emergency sitting.
I am getting a little “chatter” which suggests that something could be brewing… I can imagine there is probably a lot of behind-the-scenes activity going on in KL.
Earlier, I had been informed that Anwar was expected to be in Permatang Pauh this weekend.
Instead, it was Wan Azizah who showed up for a little constituency work as Anwar was tied up in KL with strategising.
One blogger at the scene told me that reporters asked her whether Anwar had sent a letter to the Agong and whether Anwar would be meeting the Agong.
Wan Azizah wasn’t saying much.
“She appeared coy, like she knew something and wanted to say it, but wasn’t at liberty to tell just yet,” said a blogger at the scene. “She didn’t look worried at all.”
Meanwhile, there appears to be a battle going on within Umno among the Mahathir-inspired reactionary forces and the remnants of the Abdullah camp.
The other battle shaping up is between Najib, the eventual leader of a post-Abdullah Umno (assuming he prevails) and the Anwar-led Pakatan.
Abdullah faces a stark choice. Will he be forced to hand over power by 9 Oct, as some have suggested, with his legacy in tatters? Or is there a way out to ensure that the reforms he once promised but failed to deliver can still be fulfilled even without him being in power? It would not have failed to have escaped his notice how Zaid was feted as a hero after he quit the Cabinet on a matter of principle.
“Political alignments are changing fast,” a veteran KL-based political commentator told me.
With Abdullah facing some tough choices, will Anwar succeed in persuading him to convene Parliament before the scheduled 13 October sitting?
The other big question now: Will the Agong look favourably on Anwar’s request?
In recent months, we have seen the royalty flexing their muscles and exerting their influence in the selection of state chief ministers. I would hazard a guess that they could be playing a significant role this time around as well.
The next few days will see whether the impossible can become possible. From what I hear, things are “progressing well”…
The next 48 hours could be crucial.