He didn't expect AAB to be such a threat to his legacy and must have for a while regretted accepting AAB into the UMNO upper echelon after the 1987 UMNO constitutional crisis, and eventually making him his successor.
That AAB even had a mind of his own was a blasphemy and affront to his imperious mentality, and to him, an abomination which must be rid off, so much so he took serious steps to undermine the bloke, and after poor AAB resigned as PM, continued to deride his successor with much abuse and uncalled for insults.
Such has been a man like Mahathir, who even had the brazen pomposity and arrogance to label Najib as his (Mahathir's) successor. Mahathir showed he considers the PM-post only his to give or take away; and in a way, wakakaka, he was proven right by Pakatan and supporters.
Anyway, Anwar who had the effrontery to attempt to oust him in 1997-8 was kowtim-ed kaukau, spending years in prison. Anwar has not quite recovered from his downfall since 1998, and even today must be chaffing at the MOU reins when he watches helplessly as his old foe swans around as the 7th PM. But Mahathir deep in his black heart still detests Anwar. As long as Mahathir lives in a mentally coherent state, Anwar can forget about being the PM, and he shouldn't be surprised if Mahathir has planned well "ahead", wakakaka.
Tunku was so angry, shocked, frustrated and demoralised by this man who was so un-Malay-ishly biadab to him that the old prince left UMNO which would have been unthinkable for a person like Tunku who loved his political party.
And Ku Li was never ever allowed to come near any cabinet position since he had the UMNO presidency 'taken' away from him by Mahathir.
Ku Li sabo kaukau by fake news he had converted to Christianity by you-know-who
Today we read in MM Online Ku Li saying: Dr M no longer a dictator? He's just wearing a 'different t-shirt', as follows:
KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad may be with Pakatan Harapan but he has not changed, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah claimed today.
News portal The Malaysian Insight quoted the Kelantan prince as saying that Dr Mahathir is still the same man, but merely wearing a “different T-shirt.”
“He was like that 23 years ago, he was like that 22 years ago, I think he is like that now.
“He’s no longer a dictator? Just see the line-up of the party that was born only a few years ago, but heads the government in Kedah, Perak, Johor and elsewhere, and see the number of seats they have in cabinet,” the Gua Musang MP reportedly told a news conference here today.
Pribumi controls most of the states and Home Ministry
Dr Mahathir’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) won 13 parliamentary seats in GE14. Four of its top leaders are currently federal ministers, while three others are mentris besar in Kedah, Perak and Johor.
“He (Dr Mahathir) is the same but wearing a different shirt, the old shirt has worn out,” Tengku Razaleigh added.
Ku Li, Anwar and the late Tunku know Mahathir just too well, for what the current PM is. And it's all not good ... despite what Anwar might have been pretending to say or, for his future's sake, being forced by his wife to say.
Ku Li was most marginalised while Anwar was subjected to the most horrendous treatment, to wit, jail and a black eye. And poor Tunku passed away a sad man who witnessed his beloved country, Constitution, Senate, Judiciary, Civil Service and party mutilated.