Singapore Straits Times predicted that PKR leader could end his political fight in the next GE.
1. Despite Anwar’s statement about his retirement in a July interview with Financial Times, and another on Aug 18, political observers dismissed his remarks as another ploy to raise sympathies from voters.
His increasing age, 65 is not as active as during former PM Dr Tun Mahathir’s time. He was later imprisoned for corruption and sodomy .
2. In the next few years, Anwar will be busily defending himself in court against :
· His acquittal on a second sodomy charge by the High Court in January.
· His case in May for inciting an illegal street protest
If he is convicted in both cases, he will be imprisoned for many years.
3. According to the journalist, Anwar’s popularity has declined.
· In January survey by the University of Malaya , PM D S Najib scored more percent as a capable leader of Malaysia than Anwar did.
· His credibility as a leader has tarnished since his promise to take control of Putrajaya on September 16, 2008 failed. He caused great humiliation to his PR coalition heads and members.
· He also failed to announce the opposition mock Cabinet line-up as he had promised.
· His sodomy charges against him and the video sex involvement with China doll had tainted his reputation.
4. The Economist, assessed him in its Jan 14 issue that Anwar had caused his own reputation to become as rotten as his age and many younger Malaysians regarded him as untrustworthy leader.
5. He has not groomed his second generations of leaders to gear for future opposition that could prevent from challenging him.
6. Should Pakatan Rakyat fail to unseat BN in the coming general election, his coalition partners may decide to split up gradually and it would be possible for Anwar to roll with punches. He would retire as a withered, stunted and hopeless old guard of PKR.