Sunday, January 6, 2013


Remember the times when Anwar said he will not challenge Tun Ghaffar Baba?

Anwar : I am not challenging Ghafar for no. 2 position

KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced today he will not challenge Ghafar Baba for the Umno deputy presidency during the party’s elections in November. The Finance Minister, ...who is also an Umno vice-president, said his decision was based on his belief that party unity and strength must be enhanced so that the country can continue to enjoy peace and prosperity. – New Sunday Times (25 April 1993)

Ghafar Baba reciprocated the ’selfless’ Anwar and thanked him publicly;

KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. – Umno deputy president Ghafar Baba said he appreciated the statement by party vice-president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that he would not challenge him for the number two post in the November party elections. Ghafar said this when asked about Anwar’s statement in a radio talk show over Radio Televisyen Malaysia this morning. – NST (11 May 1993)

The following month, Anwar reiterated his stand not to contest;

KUALA LUMPUR, Jumaat – Naib Presiden Umno, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, berkata keputusannya tidak mencabar Timbalan Presiden, Ghafar Baba, dalam perhimpunan agung parti itu, November ini, adalah muktamad. “Tiada yang berubah. Apakah ada apa-apa yang berubah? (Ini) kenyataan yang sama daripada dulu. Tidak ada tukar. Saya dah katakan sebelum ini,” katanya. – Berita Harian (12 June 1993)

Come November 1993 that year, Anwar humiliated the venerable Ghafar in an Umno general election which was marred by an unprecedented money corruption activity. The rest as they say, is history.

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