Paradoxical as it may sound, it's probably truer to say, if Anwar wants PR to win Putrajaya, he should volunteer going to prison. He has been saying been there done that so many times, perhaps we should take him on that.
Why will PR chances improve if the government jails him? First of all, BN will not have the bête noir to attack anymore. That will leave it exposed to counter attacks.
Without Anwar as target, what can BN speak about? People are tired of listening they should be thankful for this and that the government does. Why doesn't the government just shut up and allow the people to accept that bringing development is the responsibility of the government. Or should I say the responsibility of a responsible government.
As my friend Aspan says, no western world politicians go around reminding voters they have got piped water and electricity or that they have built roads here and there. They would probably be crucified if these amenities and facilities are found wanting. No western politician makes it a spectacle releasing fish fry into ponds or declaring open a public toilet. Only substance-challenged politicians do that nowadays.
So what can BN politicians talk about? They need to have a bogey man. They need an urban legend to keep people in line. That's Anwar.
So if Anwar wants PR to win, he needs to be in jail. After that, what will people talk and be reminded about? They shall think nothing but speak about the tyranny and evil of this government. The mother to the Indian IT tycoon will continue to pray to her lord to deliver Anwar and this country from this evil government.
Anwar in jail will mobilize and reawaken the sympathies of the people to Anwar. People will talk of a bullying government putting harm to a hapless man. Its Anwar blindfolded and kicked and punched once more.