If he is set free, his supporters will say justice prevails. His detractors will say the judges erred and the conspiracy theorists will say Obama has a role.
If he is sent to prison, his supporter will say that justice is perverted and some Umno guys will jump with up and down like flea-infested primates believing that this is the end of PKR and Pakatan Rakyat.
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But if he is send to jail, he said, the PR would win the next election and take over Putrajaya.
I am inclined to share his optimism. The PR is unlikely to suffer instantaneous combustion upon his second sodomy jailing.
On the contrary, his imprisonment could increase the resolve of the alternative coalition and encourage the member parties to stay together in spite of their deep ideological differences.
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It could also generate a new round of sympathy for him, especially among young anti-establishment Malaysians.
Bear in mind that the first sodomy trial and conviction (which was later overturned) took place in 1999 - some 15 years ago. Boys and girls who were then 10 or 15 years old are today 25 or 35 years old angry young men and women.
They did know much about what happened in the last century. But they know what is happening now. Even the most extreme of Umno loyalists admit that the Barisan Nasional (BN) is not getting the support of young voters by merely running down Anwar and the PR.
Anwar is preparing for the Feb 10 verdict well. On Feb 7 Anwar was reported as saying that despite all the attacks against PR, the opposition coalition still obtained 52% of the popular vote in the last general election.
"The people support us. We got 52% (of popular votes). If I am put in jail again, we will win 60%," he said at a gathering in Sungai Dua, Bayan Baru in Penang.
The vintage Anwar prevails, declaring “lawan tetap lawan” irrespective of whether he is jailed or not.