The calls made by the ex-IMF presidents for the federal govt to review the buggery charges against Anwar as reported in MALAYSIAKINI and Malaysia-Today and the call made by US Secretary of State, Condy Rice, as reported in MALAYSIAKINI and Malaysia-Today, for transparency in the Anwar investigations can be seen in many different ways.
Govt mouthpiece, Rais, has to run helter-skelter to try and shut these foreigners up. Anwar supporters are cheered by the refrain, "the WHOLE WORLD is watching" and the pressure that it places on the govt.
For the ordinary M'sians, particularly those who are outside of M'sia, they have to put up with the embarassing reminder that in the matter of dealings by the politicians in power with dissenting politicians, M'sia is a very civilised country. But, the problem is, the level of civility displayed by the M'sian govt against political dissent can only be favourably measured against Mugabe's Zimbabwe.
If the actions of the M'sian govt against political dissent is measured against most other countries, the measure of civility drops precipitously. That is Rais' dilemma and the dilemma of the entire M'sian govt.
But the politicians in govt ranks must also be sensitive to the dilemma faced by M'sians overseas who have to either bravely defend a system of governance and justice that is so obviously misused or, just capitulate and respond with embarassed agreement at questions about how awful M'sia's governance and judicial processes are. All these will translate into negative votes against the ruling party.