Anwar Ibrahim in prison, in solitary and kept away from family and friends but still in Malaysia is more a threat to Najib Razak than an Anwar Ibrahim in exile elsewhere. 
From prison Anwar Ibrahim can still hear the roar of dissent against the Najib led BN government.
From prison Anwar Ibrahim can still lead that movement for change and add his voice to the crescendo of voices that will ultimately end this Najib led BN government. 
From prison Anwar Ibrahim is a more formidable opponent for Najib Razak than an Anwar Ibrahim in exile.
The physical presence of Anwar in the country will give courage and encouragement to many Malaysians to continue their fight for his release and for what Pakatan Rakyat that he leads have all been fighting for – justice for all and decency in a government without corruption,without arrogance and certainly a government for the people, by the people and of the people. 
In prison Anwar Ibrahim will still be defiant, still be a thorn in Najib’s side and will still be a tangible symbol of hope and defiance in a wasteland of corruption, arrogance and injustice that our nation has now become. 
Najib will not be able to ignore his presence. It is not a case of being out of sight and out of mind. As always Najib Razak has not been able to understand the ramification of what he does in his private and public life.
Najib has consistently lied and have been proven wrong in so many of his projections, predictions and in his actions that today Malaysians would have more faith in having monkeys guard their bananas than believe that Najib’s has their interest at heart.
And so Anwar Ibrahim will take his chances that internment in Sungai Buloh will be only until the result of the next general election is announced. 
Anwar Ibrahim will take that chance that he, not Najib, will triumph before, during or after the next general election.
Yes it is not a level playing field and yes, in retrospect there really is nothing else that Anwar Ibrahim can do but stay and take what comes on his chin. …but give Anwar Ibrahim credit where credit is due. 
Anwar Ibrahiim fights his own fights no matter what the odds against him.
Najib does not!

Anwar Ibrahiim faces his own demons head on and the consequences of his own folly and deeds without flinching or ducking for cover. 
Najib does not!

Anwar through his words and deeds have time and time again shown that he will not be intimidated, threatened or cowered by the bullying of a Barisan Nasional government that has shown by its words and deeds, to not be hesitant in bastardizing the legal process under its care to pursue a half bake investigation into what happened to the anus of this Saiful in its attempt to intimidate, threatened and cower Anwar Ibrahim into submission. 
An attempt that has only so far served to galvanize the Malaysian public to emphatize and sympathize with the situation that Anwar is now in. 
All this has served to out Najib for what he really is – a coward of the worst dimension. 
Anwar Ibrahim stayed because Najib is not a worthy opponent to run away from. 
No worse an insult could be perpetrated upon Najib by Anwar than this! 

First posted in January 2015