UMNO's greatest nemesis, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, surprisingly popped up -- of all places -- inside the cavernous Merdeka Hall of the Putra World Trade Centre for the first time in 15 years, before the incredulous eyes of 7,000-odd Umno members, courtesy of the Umno president as he was giving his keynote address.
This unanticipated cameo appeared in the form of a brief video broadcasted on the giant main screen inside the hall, inserted by Datuk Seri Najib Razak early into his speech to reinforce a salient indictment against Anwar's specious accusations that 40,500 foreigners, Bangladeshis in particular, were flown into the peninsula by the planeloads to surreptitiously vote in the May 5 general election.
It is now known that Anwar's petard, debunked as a monstrous lie by Dr Chandra Muzaffar, was actually his "Hail Mary" pass of the ball to end a game, a last-ditch subterfuge to swing the votes and secure the majority to kill Barisan Nasional's unbroken record of electoral victories since Merdeka.
In the video, the opposition and PKR de facto leader verbalised the "Bangladeshi" accusations, via press conferences and preenings on stage with fellow opposition leaders, faithfully reported by his party's official bulletin.
A cacophony of jeers, howls and laughter reacted to the video as Anwar acted out his role, especially the part that mentioned the "40,500" foreigners, thrice rotating into a deliberate video loop to buttress the point.
Can you recall a more dramatic prop to jolt the audience in an Umno general assembly?
Other than Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's emotionally-drained moment when he dropped his bombshell announcement in 2002 to announce his retirement as prime minister?