Pribumi as demonstrated by Mahathir and Moody snubbed the support for Mr Manmanlai.
f**k him, more stimulating to play Sudoku
Zaid reckoned PKR has been downright arrogant to push Anwar's name forward without first consulting all component parties in Pakatan, but then PKR has always been unjustifiably arrogant, a characteristic of its ketuanan mentality - see my 2013 post Selangor saga shows PKR's ketuanan mentality?.
Art Harun explains the non-feasibility of PKR'S proposal here.
Many political analysts explains why Pribumi, to wit, Mahathir, won't support the PKR nomination, namely that Mahathir thinks it has been impractical - for more, read MM Online's Why won’t PPBM back Anwar for PM? Because he can’t be, say analysts (selected extracts):
“In the current political situation, it is impossible for Anwar to be PM. PPBM knows this,” Universiti Utara Malaysia associate professor Dr Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani told Malay Mail Online when contacted.
At the PKR annual congress on Sunday, the party's leaders as well as some from Pakatan Harapan such as Lim Kit Siang and Mohamad Sabu held up placards saying “Anwar as the 7th PM”.
However, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin both refused to do so.
Although Dr Mahathir did not state his refusal, he had once been adamant that Anwar must never rise to the post.
Despite the two men's history, independent political analyst Khoo Kay Peng believed the refusal to endorse Anwar was down to the PPBM leaders being realistic rather than any old animosity or pettiness.
Well, those analysts have been wrong.
In an earlier post Why Mahathir hates AAB I wrote (extracts):
Continuing my leisurely perusal of Rehman Rashid's Peninsula: A story of Malaysia, I came to its page 20 of its 2nd edition (2016), and read the following (reproduced in parts here):
Mahathir cast about for someone to succeed him, settling as though by default on Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Although ..... I have little doubt that the main factor in Mahathir's decision was Pak Lah's antipathy for Anwar ..... If nothing else, Mahathir felt reasonably sure Abdullah would not, in some fit of reconciliatory euphoria, offer Anwar amnesty from the charges levelled against him.
Of course we know that Mahathir was the man who had had Anwar parachuted into UMNO where 'twas said he feared Anwar becoming PAS president (as was envisaged and planned for by the late PAS president Fadzil Noor) and becoming a real threat to UMNO.
Who knows, Hadi Awang was probably pissed off with Fadzil selecting Anwar as his political heir (as president of PAS), wakakaka, hence Hadi Awang's silent animosity towards Anwar even up to today.
Did AAB mean that Anwar being bud-grafted into UMNO would lack the UMNO values including inclusiveness in sharing spoils a la kongsi bersama2? Wakakaka.
At that time when Anwar was on a meteoric rise, it was rumoured his faction in UMNO was feral, ferocious and f**king-grab-it-all in their attitude towards the UMNO's gravy train. Thus his faction upset and was feared by other UMNO factions, leading them to sharpen their knives and further poison their santau (wakakaka) for Mr Manmanlai.
AAB was chosen not so much because Mahathir felt he could easily manipulate the former civil servant (but there was that too) but more because he had believed AAB would not free his bete noire Anwar.
Mahathir has been known to be both (generous &) forgiving to his Chosen Ones (Chinese f**k off, wakakaka), yet at the same time also (vengeful &) unforgiving to his bête noires, like Anwar Ibrahim and now Ah Jib Gor (plus Rosmah Mansor, wakakaka).
So the political analysts' take that he didn't support Anwar as PKR's nominee for PM has been based on the impracticality of the whole idea missed the core issue of Maddy's deep hatred for Anwar.
Tell me, has he apologised yet to Anwar?
But let's move on to see who else in Pakatan would be a potential and practical 7th PM for Malaysia.
1. Wan Azizah - unwilling and 'unsuitable'
2. Nurul Izzah - too young and inexperienced (though no doubt her name would have thrilled many PKR-ista who have the blind brazen pomposity to call her Princess Reformasi, wakakaka)
3. Azmin Ali - possible but not trusted by DAP who probably view him as of ketuanan mentality, mean and selfish.
4. Saifuddin Abdullah - possible and a good choice but will be politically 'assassinated' intra-party by you-know-who, wakakaka.
5. Saifuddin Nasution - hmmm, maybe possible but let's not forget he was the UMNO Youth bouncer who wrecked Apcet II kau kau in KL, thus an international embarrassment.
6. Chinese, Indians and those from Muslim Parties (Amanah) - forget about them. The DAP and Chinese won't support any Hadi Awang type, and the Malays won't accept any 2nd-class non-Malay Malaysians as PM ever, people like LKS, LGE, Ramasamy, Kula, Goding, Teresa Kok, etc.
7. Moody - it would be a disaster but then politics is the art of the possible.
8. Mukhriz - possible but without Daddy around he will not be politically long-lived.
9. Mahathir - you can have him if you want a second round of his style of government, but bear in mind, this time there won't be so much oil to cover up his mistakes. He is now 92.
10. Zaid - though a man with a good heart but a bit of a loose cannon and not likely to be supported.
Where the f**k is Ayah Pin when we need him, wakakaka.