PKR is preparing for its party elections which, for the first time, will see ordinary members directly voting for top leadership posts in the party.
But what has been Anwar’s role be in all this, given that he is torn between his court case, party matters and never-ending campaigning? Is the party prepared for the outcome of the trial? I wrote this piece for Asia Times:
As Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy case meanders its way through the courts, the spotlight has shifted to how his party is preparing for the possible outcome.
A guilty verdict in the high-stakes case would be a significant blow his opposition People’s Alliance (Pakatan Rakyat), which hopes to capitalize on significant gains it made against the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition at the last general election in 2008.
Although Anwar was legally barred from contesting that poll, he was instrumental in bringing together the disparate parties during the campaign and then in forging a cohesive opposition alliance. Now in power in four of the federation’s 13 states, Pakatan Rakyat has trained its sights on capturing federal power at the next polls, which must be held by 2013. Full article on Asia Times Online.