SADLY, it seems Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is up to his old tricks, trying to capitalise on his latest brush with the law.
Anwar claims that the charges against him following the Bersih 3.0 rally are politically motivated and an attempt to damage him ahead of the general election.
But the fact is that hundreds of thousands of Malaysians have seen the video footage of him near Dataran Merdeka, making that now-infamous hand gesture moments before his supporters breached the police barricades and unleashed mayhem.
It's high time Anwar stopped playing the victim and accepted responsibility for his actions. If he wants to be taken seriously, he needs to stop behaving like Macavity the fictional mystery cat, always trying to wriggle out of the trouble it has caused.
Malaysians were appalled by the scenes of violence at Bersih 3.0. Protesters overturning a police car with an officer still inside. A young man kicking a police motorcyclist in the head. Mobs attacking policeman with bricks and bottles.
The rakyat were shocked to see such scenes of lawlessness on the streets -- scenes that flew in the face of our values and defied our peace-loving traditions.
The government has launched an investigation into what happened on that day, promising to take action against anyone who broke the law. That investigation is already under way, with two police officers charged with using excessive force against a journalist during the protest.
Now Anwar must answer allegations that he incited violence -- because in a democracy, no one is above the law. Not the police. Not the government. And not the leader of the opposition.
In the modern era of smartphones and YouTube, few can cover up their misdeeds. Macavity was called the "hidden paw" because it was the master criminal who defied the law -- but Anwar is not Macavity, no matter how hard he tries, and he must be held to account like anybody else.