Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Destabilisation in PKR - Cui bono

Extracts from MM Online:

Dr M: Sex video not a moral issue but a political matter, I won’t be manipulated


Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad asserted that the mastermind behind the scandal is hoping for the sacking of those caught on video. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri 

KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 — As Pakatan Harapan (PH) continues to be rocked by a sex scandal, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said he is not a tool for anyone, let alone those who employ gutter tactics, to impede the political career of a member of his Cabinet.

Taking to his blog and without naming anyone, Dr Mahathir reiterated that the viralled sex videos were aimed to “specifically obstruct the political success of certain individual”.

“I will not be manipulated. What more by a plotter who has bad intention and resorts to gutter politics.

“This is not a question of morality. It’s a political issue. It will be settled as a political issue,” he wrote.

As usual, cakap ayam!

Why didn't he say this in 1998?

Then, he even had the police drag a mattress into the hallowed halls of the Court room.

The only person who seems to have BENEFITED from the current gay sex scandal has been Mahathri and his Party Pribumi. He is likely to use the current brouhaha in PKR as an excuse to stay on as PM.

Read also MM Online's Report: Dr M likely to benefit most from PKR sex-video scandal.

Three political analysts told the international wire service that Dr Mahathir has his own political agenda to retain control of the federal government — whether directly or through a proxy.

“Mahathir also has his own political interest, which is to keep the prime minister post on his own accord without having to submit to the people’s calls to retreat,” said Awang Azman Awang Pawi, an associate professor at Universiti Malaya, was quoted saying.

As Dr Mahathir can’t be PM forever, International Institute for Strategic Studies research fellow Aaron Connelly said the post may be succeeded by Dr Mahathir’s politician son Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, sometime in the next 10 years.

“Eventually Dr Mahathir would probably like for his son to succeed him, but the prospect of that is some ways off — most Malaysian politicians say maybe two general elections away.

“But even with the scandal, he doesn’t have many better options,” Connelly was quoted saying.

He pointed out that it is still unclear if Dr Mahathir will drop his verbal promise to step down mid-term for PKR president Anwar, or the latter’s deputy Datuk Seri Azmin Ali who is a member of the current Cabinet.

Singapore Institute of International Affairs senior fellow Oh Ei Sun who shared the same sentiment as Awang, said the sex-video episode does not bode well for either Anwar or Azmin.

But he said Azmin is seen to be favoured by Dr Mahathir over Anwar, and that the economic affairs minister is indebted to the Pakatan Harapan chairman.

However, Oh noted that Azmin’s shot at the prime minister will be difficult as long as he is tied to the sex scandal despite his consistent denial of involvement, while Anwar’s political career could end if the Port Dickson MP is found to be political mastermind behind the clips.

Does FM Lim GE lack 'nobility'?

From Star Online:

PAC report to haunt Guan Eng

by ho wah foon

Lim Guan Eng speaks at parliament, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star 

WHEN Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad announced last Monday that “no money was missing” from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) refunds, this was seen as a slap in the face for the powerful Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng.

In August last year, Lim told the Dewan Rakyat that RM19.4bil was “missing” from the GST tax refunds account and he accused the former Barisan Nasional government of “stealing” the people’s money.

This “revelation” by Lim shocked the nation and rattled the financial markets.

Due to the seriousness of the allegation, the PAC was called in to investigate.

In her press statement on Monday, Dr Noraini said the previous Barisan government had kept the GST collections in the Consolidated Revenue Account and then transferred it stage by stage to the GST refunds account whenever a refund was needed.

While Lim looked dispirited on Monday, leaders of the Barisan coalition were exuberant.

They must have felt redeemed after being suspected for months of “stealing” or “robbing” the GST refunds.

Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak told reporters in Parliament: “I feel vindicated by the PAC report that there was no ‘robbing’ or ‘swindling’ of GST refunds. What was done by the previous government was based on advice by government officers, including those from the Accountant-General’s Department and Finance Ministry.”

The long-awaited PAC report has in a way confirmed that the former government, ousted in the May 2018 general election due mainly to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal, did not “steal” the GST refunds.

Verbal war: Ismail Sabri has accused Lim of tarnishing the image of the previous Barisan government

The PAC also noted another factual error in Lim’s past statement to Parliament.

It found that only RM1.5bil in GST refunds was due for payment to taxpayers as of May 31, 2018, and not RM19.4bil as claimed by Lim.

Expectedly, the release of the PAC report led to an explosion of fierce debates in Parliament.

Barisan lawmakers promptly pressed for action against Lim.

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob from Umno-BN demanded that Lim be referred to the parliamentary Rights and Privileges Committee for “misleading” the House and alleging that RM19.4bil was “stolen” by the previous government.

Ismail Sabri said this was a serious matter as Lim had tarnished the image of the previous Barisan government.

Joining in the chorus for action against Lim were MPs Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau) and Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (BN-Ayer Hitam).

The Rights and Privileges Committee deals with cases on breach of privileges. MPs enjoy the freedom to speak their mind as well as immunity from legal suits when they address the House inside the chamber.

On Tuesday, Lim reacted defiantly by saying he would “fight” the Opposition and would not apologise or retract his statements.

In a statement, he selectively quoted parts of the PAC report that were in his favour:

“The PAC confirms that the GST law was broken and GST refunds that were not paid out to taxpayers were used for other purposes (government expenditure and development).

“The GST collections were not deposited directly into the Fund for GST Refunds. Instead, the GST collections that were deposited directly in the Consolidated Revenue Account were used for other purposes by the previous government.”

Lim noted that Attorney-General Tommy Thomas, in a letter to the PAC, had stated that the move by the previous government to direct all GST revenue into the Consolidated Fund account was a violation of Section 7 of the Financial Procedure Act 1957 and Section 54 of the GST Act 2014.

“This was a breach of fundamental trust law principles and trust accounting requirements,” Thomas was quoted as saying in his letter.

However, the Opposition would not let Lim off the hook easily this time. The secretary-general of DAP had been bashing the Barisan ruthlessly even before he was in government.

Dr Wee, who is MCA president, told Sunday Star: “Guan Eng did not address the real contentious issue and retract his wrong allegations. He was overzealous in vilifying the previous government after he became Finance Minister.

“The crux of the matter is whether the RM19.4bil had been stolen. The current government should feel embarrassed that its Finance Minister did not understand his ministry and simply talked.”

He noted that lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, who has acted as counsel for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, shared the view that Lim should apologise.

Haniff told Malaysiakini: “There must be nobility to apologise for mistakes.”

Lim had some luck on Wednesday when he escaped unscathed from a motion to refer him to the Rights and Privileges Committee.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Seri Muhamad Ariff Md Yusoff rejected the motion.

But the Speaker’s ruling that there were no grounds for action against Lim triggered a protest walkout by Opposition MPs.

A shouting match also ensued after the Speaker rejected a proposal by Tan Sri Annuar Musa (BN-Ketereh) that Lim retract the word “stolen” and to expunge the word from the Hansard.

But just as the Opposition thought they had no more bullets, there was light at the end of tunnel: they were alerted to the fact that the Speaker’s son Muhamad Lutfi Muhamad Ariff is the press secretary to the Finance Minister.

If legal principles are to follow, the Speaker should not have chaired the parliamentary session on the motion on Lim, as a conflict of interest might arise and fairness in ruling may be doubted.

Established legal principle and precedents dictate that not only justice has to be done, but also must be seen to be done.

Naturally on Thursday, the Opposition pounced on the Speaker, questioning whether he was bias in his ruling on Wednesday after he admitted that his son is Lim’s press secretary.

But he maintained that there was no conflict of interest involved, saying: “My son is 32, he is free to work for anyone and anywhere. More importantly, I act freely and uninfluenced in this House.”

But Opposition Leader Ismail Sabri argued that Muhamad Ariff was duty-bound to declare all of his interests, including those of his spouse and children.

He said Muhamad Ariff should recuse himself from making any ruling related to Lim, as well as the motion for a debate on the PAC report on GST refunds.

The Opposition chief also asked Muhamad Ariff, a former judge, whether his son’s job had resulted in his lack of action on Lim.

The exchanges came to an end after Muhamad Ariff said he would recuse himself when a fresh motion application was heard in the next parliament meeting.

Although the current parliament session has ended, it looks like this Opposition-versus-Lim tussle and verbal war will drag on into the October sitting, in which a fresh motion against Lim is expected to be submitted by the Opposition.

It will be interesting to see if other Cabinet Ministers or key politicians jump into the fray – to defend Lim or otherwise. So far, only some junior DAP politicians have voiced their support for Lim.

From the developments seen thus far, the PAC finding will continue to generate public interest and debate on Lim’s conduct. It will continue to haunt him for the next few months.

Azmin & Amirudin, Put Up or STFU

From Star Online:

Wan Azizah: Azmin, Amirudin should go to the cops with sex video info

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has advised Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari to cooperate with the police on the sex video scandal.

Utusan Malaysia reported the Deputy Prime Minister as saying this after the two claimed they knew who was behind the video that was circulated recently.

“It's best if he and the Selangor MB cooperated with the police.

"This is because they seem to have information that could help with the investigation of the case,” she was quoted as saying by the Malay language newspaper.

Amirudin was also reported to have said that the mastermind was someone who had suffered a similar “dark period” 20 years ago.

So far, 11 people have been detained over the case, with five subsequently released after their remand order expired on Thursday (July 18).

Among those detained are former PKR Santubong Youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz and Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak, who is Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's political secretary and Perak PKR chief.

Haziq has confessed publicly that he was one of the two men in the video and alleged that the other person was Azmin.

Last week, Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador said CyberSecurity Malaysia determined that the video was likely authentic, but could not identify those in the video through facial recognition software.


For once, Wan Azizah says something useful - way to go, Princess.

As for Azmin and Amirudin the Dwarfs, either Put Up or ...

Mahathir made PKR shaky so people come to him

Extracts from the Star Online:

Philip Golingai interviewing Shahbudin Husin launched his book, Anwar PM Ke-8: Janji Serah Kuasa Yang Mesti Ditepati (Anwar The Eighth PM: A Promise To Transfer Power Which Must Be Fulfilled):

Panellists who discussed the book: (from left) Kadir, Redzuan, former Transparency International Malaysia president Datuk Seri Akhbar Satar, Shahbudin and Astro Awani’s Nazri Kahar

If indeed there will be a stable transfer of power and it is only about the date of the handover, why then in the last one year does it look like Anwar can’t be PM, especially with PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali seemingly in the way, I asked the author.

“This is mostly influenced by people surrounding Dr Mahathir who are afraid they will lose their privileges when he steps down,” Shabudin replied.

“But then why is there a pergolakan (struggle) in PKR, especially this week when it looks like the party is like retak menanti belah (a crack waiting to split)?” I asked.

“I’ve mentioned in my book that the perpecahan (split) in PKR is because of Dr Mahathir.

“Maybe because he has 13 (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia) MPs, PKR has 50 MPs and DAP has 42 MPs, he feels he is not strong.

“To make himself stronger, he appointed Azmin as Economic Affairs Minister even though PKR did not nominate him, as he was Selangor Mentri Besar then,” Shabudin explained.

“Dr Mahathir made PKR shaky so that people will come to him. That is his style.

with Justo Xavier, convicted blackmailer in Thailand, freed only on amnesty in commemoration of Thai King's demise  

“But I don’t think he can last for two years. PH is different from BN. In BN, the PM determines who will replace him but in PH, the presidential council – which consists of DAP, PKR, Amanah and Bersatu leaders – decides who will be PM.

“I think Amanah might follow Dr Mahathir but PKR and DAP will follow Anwar.”

On what is Azmin’s gameplay, Shahbudin said the PKR deputy president indeed wants to be Prime Minister. But he did not think Azmin would get strong support from Pakatan.

hmmm, I ended up being eff-ed 

“Between Anwar and Azmin, PH definitely will support Anwar and not Azmin,” he said.

Shahbudin speculated that Azmin could even be sacked from the party: “It will happen soon, Anwar will suspend him for his move to attack the party president,” he said, referring to Azmin telling Anwar to “look at the man in the mirror” after the PKR president said his deputy president should resign as Economic Affairs Minister if he’s conclusively identified as one of the two men in a recent viral sex video.

The author also does not think Azmin would become Deputy Prime Minister in the next few weeks around Hari Raya Haji, as rumour has it.

“Tidak. Gaduh lah. Mesti pecah PH (No. It will be a fight. PH will break). If Dr Mahathir appoints Azmin as DPM, PKR and DAP will pull out of PH,” he said.

Break it down in percentages, I said, for Anwar becoming PM.

“I feel more than 70%,” he said.


“Below 10%,” he replied.

How about a dark horse PM, I wondered.

“The most qualified is Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. But he is not healthy. I think there is no choice (but Anwar).

“Unless Dr Mahathir wants PH to be destroyed. There is talk that Dr Mahathir wants to join Umno. But Umno doesn’t want him,” he said.

On the day Anwar PM Ke-8 was launched at a restaurant in Shah Alam, a panel discussion of the book took place. One of the panellists, Prof Datuk Dr Redzuan Othman of Institut Darul Ehsan, revealed the findings of his think tank’s survey of 1,600 people in Peninsular Malaysia on who they preferred to succeed Dr Mahathir.

Redzuan said 45% were for Anwar, 16% for Muhyiddin, 11% for Azmin and 1% for Amanah president Mohamad Sabu. [...]

Later, Redzuan defended his survey saying that it allowed the public to say whoever they wanted to support as the next Prime Minister: “For sure Najib still has his supporters. But 6% is still far from being a favourite. The majority feel that Anwar is qualified to be the eighth PM,” he said.

Redzuan also revealed that his survey found that 75% of Malaysians did not want Dr Mahathir to stay on as Prime Minister beyond two years. Of that group, 44% said Dr M could go within the next six months while 20% want him to go immediately.

Sexy elephant in backroom

From MySinChew.com

Elephant in the room


If the police could not identity the "other man" in the video, how could they conclude that this whole thing had been a political ploy targeting a particular “party leader”?

The police have finally cracked open a slit in the door of the male sex video scandal to offer the public a unique chance of peeping into the room.

The police chief Abdul Hamid Bador confirmed that the video was real (like anyone else had guessed).

But, they couldn't establish the identity of the men in video.

A huge disparity from what the public would have believed, the doubts inside people's heads just get thicker now.

I personally feel that there is obviously an elephant inside the room, but it is not seen. Isn't this very weird?

Or perhaps, the elephant is seen but is simply overlooked or dismissed?

The police have handed the video to experts and sophisticated devices for authentication. They have indeed searched the room in question in the Sandakan hotel, obtained the CCTV footage from the hotel and detained a total of 11 individuals for questioning over several days, some even remanded to assist in investigation.

What I was trying to say is that even the tiny worms inside the room have been caught, not even a shadow spared, but...where is the elephant?

Sure enough there isn't a real elephant inside the room. But, there were indeed two men in there.

One of them was Haziq Aziz. He admitted it, and pointed his finger at Azmin Ali as the "other man".

Don't get me wrong. I don't mean Haziq was definitely telling the truth. To bring out the elephant, we simply need to trace the jumbo footsteps.

We want to know, and indeed have the right to know, the truth, not because we are busybodies nor because of our partisan stand. This thing entails the morality and integrity of a leader which will have a major bearing on the country's future.

Of course this is also a question of law. While it is against the law to create and circulate an indecent video, it is equally unlawful to involve in unnatural sex.

Both crimes must be dealt with in equal weightage!

The past two administrations were highly adamant about pursuing “acts of unnatural sex”. Despite the fact videos were not available then, the enforcers left no stone unturned, and indeed moved the bulky mattress into the court.

And now, the entire elephant is right before us. Little wonder such huge disparity in case management has aroused public curiosity.

And the police tai kor also said it was a plot by a certain leader of a particular political party, who had spent hundreds of thousands of ringgit to create and circulate the video in an attempt to tarnish the reputation of another party leader.

The question is: If the police could not identity the "other man" in the video, how could they conclude that this whole thing had been a political ploy targeting a particular “party leader”?

On the “elephant in the room” phenomenon, experts have offered a few suggestions:

1. Confirm that the elephant inside the room is a reality, not an illusion.

2. Establish and publish the identity of the elephant.

3. Handle the case instantly. The longer the delay, the larger the elephant will get.

4. Handle the issue in the most direct, honest and resolute manner possible, and not to let the elephant mess up the room, or event the entire house!

Anwar Ibrahim is well aware of the fact that the situation now is not to his favor at all.

The direction of police investigation is hostile to him. Not only was his political secretary Farhash Wafa detained, the police also hinted that a political party leader had spent hundreds of thousands to hire someone to create and circulate the video.

As usual, Mahathir's attitude has been firmly supportive of Azmin Ali, insisting it was all a conspiracy, without making mention of the “other man” in video.

Azmin, meanwhile, has been openly defiant, summoning his people around him with an open letter of challenge.

In the face of mounting pressure from these three sides, Anwar has tried to respond from both hard and soft approaches.

On the hard end, he managed to get state chairmen to voice their support for him.

Being appointed by him, it is natural for the state chairmen to back him, but this in no way reflects the views of the grassroots.

On the soft end, he invited Mahathir to the party's retreat in Port Dickson in an attempt to cool off the temperature. Azmin and his people were absent.

Let's see who among Mahathir, Anwar or Azmin will have the last laugh.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Azmin Ali already privy to Police info on Mastermind of gay sex videos

From FMT:

‘Cops may quiz political bigwig before closing gay sex video probe’

PKR officials are said to be ‘bracing themselves’ for more news on the gay sex video probe.

PETALING JAYA: Speculation is rife among PKR officials that the police may question a political bigwig before closing their investigation into the gay sex video allegedly linking a federal minister.
Speaking to FMT on condition of anonymity, a PKR leader said several of them had learnt that the police were likely to summon one leader before questioning the bigwig.
“We are bracing ourselves,” the source said, after a news site reported that the police summoned a party assemblyman earlier today.
“After the police summoned the assemblyman today, they may call another leader. After that, they may question the bigwig if they feel the need to question him to conclude their probe,” he said.
FMT is trying to get Bukit Aman for confirmation.
The source also said he found it odd for PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali to state that he knew the mastermind involved in distributing the gay sex video “despite the police not releasing the name”.
“Does Azmin have inside information?” he asked.

aku tahu lah

He said such announcements should have come from the inspector-general of police or the home affairs minister who may have information on the probe.
“It is unusual for a minister who was allegedly linked to the video to make such a statement,” he said.
Last night, Azmin was reported to have said he knew the identity of the mastermind behind the circulation of the sex video which allegedly implicated him.
He declined to name the person as he said the matter was still under police investigation.

Dominique Ng's disgraceful cringe & subservience

From FMT:

Independence an option if Putrajaya fails to return Sarawak’s rights, says NGO

Participants in traditional costumes at the Sarawak independence day celebration organised by the Sarawak Association for Peoples’ Aspiration in Kuching today.

KUCHING: Independence is always an option if Putrajaya refuses to return Sarawak’s rights, Sarawak Association for Peoples’ Aspiration (Sapa) president Dominique Ng said.
“We are not just talking about the 20% oil royalty. We are talking about taking back everything that is rightfully ours,” he said after the Sarawak’s independence day celebration at Kuching’s Central Padang today.
Ng said many Sarawakians, including the youths, have started to realise the importance for Sarawak to have its say in running its affairs.
“We are not trying to be seditious. We are talking about gaining our freedom, which is supported by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1514 (Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples).
“Sarawak was guaranteed self governance under article 8 of the 9th Cardinal Principles by the last Rajah Sarawak in 1946.
“This is a constitutional right granted by our last Rajah,” he said, adding that Sarawak has been known to be a sovereign country for 100 years.
However, Ng said Sabah and Sarawak have been “downgraded” to the 12th and 13th states in Malaysia.

Sarawak Association for Peoples’ Aspiration president Dominique Ng.

He said the “colonial masters were changed on Sept 16 from Great Britain to the Federation of Malaya”.
“This is a sad reality which many people had failed to understand,” he said.
Kaytee notes:

As I have mentioned in my previous post on
Secession for Sarawak?, I have previously been
strongly against secession, especially by Sarawak and Sabah, for the reason I've often stated, to wit, that my uncles and their peninsular mateys in uniform had shed blood, toil, tears and sweat during Confrontation, and thus, I admit, I have been very much influenced by their emotional attitude towards secession.

But recently, I have changed my mind - ie. if Sarawak or Sabah wants to go it alone, Putrajaya should allow either one to do so. What's the point of holding back Sarawak or Sabah if Sarawakian or Sabahan hearts are not with Malaysia?

Besides, Peninsula or Putrajaya has not treated the Eastern States as per MA63.

But what has riled me in above FMT article has been Dominique Ng's cringeful subservience to the name of Raja Brook, the so-called White Rajahs of Sarawak, who were Lords to the Sarawakians. What a slave-like mentality for Sarawakians to even hanker after the days of white rule.

It's not unlike that old woman in Hong Kong who held a union jack in memory of sucking up to whites.

Dominique Ng disgusts me with his subservience-to-Orang-Putih cringe with his "our last Rajah", showing that to him, the White Rajah must be superior to Putrajaya - Podah.

Besides, Dominique Ng seems not to know his own Sarawak's history. After WWII, Charles Vyner Brook ceded Sarawak to Britain, not granted independence to Sarawakians.

The British wasn't quite clear as to what rights they have vis-a-vis Sarawak so they just annexed it as a British Crown Colony. 
And he should learn something about the anti-cession movement of Sarawak.

Mahathir's destabilising powers & Injury to Azmin Ali

From Malaysiakini:

Mahathir is the source of instability

Kim Quek  |  Published: 
LETTER | Many people may be aghast at this claim. How could it be? Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is the saviour of the country for having toppled the corrupt-to-the-core Umno-led regime. So how could he have caused such trouble to the country?
But let me ask this question. If Mahathir has not been entangling the premiership's succession for so long, enticing Azmin Ali and unsettling Anwar Ibrahim, would it have led to the present crisis in PKR that may not only break up the party but also trigger the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan coalition? 
The latter is a high possibility, considering the inherent incompatibility between Mahathir and Anwar. The sex video is only a spark. But the explosive elements have been accumulating for some time.
To prove my point, Mahathir has only to announce his categorical commitment to hand over power to Anwar on a specific date, which should be a decision reached at a Harapan presidential council meeting and the turmoil in PKR would subside and the Harapan coalition could return its focus to fulfilling its reformasi pledges to the electorate.
Why can’t Mahathir do it if he has no intention to dishonour his commitment to the Harapan consensus before the last election? And why can’t the collective leadership of Harapan insist that this is done?
Unless the source of conflict is eliminated as suggested above, the present conflict will only worsen, leading to a tragic ending.
It is, hence, imperative that Harapan must be decisive now if it doesn’t want to risk losing its only chance to save the country from unrelenting decline.
Now, a word on the motive of sex video plot. My advice is to keep an open mind. 
Do not confine the possibility as only an attempt to injure Azmin politically. There are other possibilities such as a manoeuvre to prevent Anwar from assuming the premiership or a conspiracy to break up the Harapan coalition. The respective motivators should be self-evident.
Our priority at this movement is to save the coalition as suggested, relegating the sex video issue to a due resolution in accordance with the rule of law.

The writer is the author of the banned book The March to Putrajaya and the bestseller Where to, Malaysia?
Kaytee notes:

I was going to write about this, that Mahathir has been the main source of instability in Pakatan, but alas, noted socio-political activist Kim Quek beat me to it, well, at least on the title, wakakaka.

Kim Quek has been right in all the points he highlighted and the one which caught my attention:

If Mahathir has not been entangling the premiership's succession for so long, enticing Azmin Ali and unsettling Anwar Ibrahim, would it have led to the present crisis in PKR that may not only break up the party but also trigger the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan coalition? 

Indeed, why couldn't Mahathir have done that as per the pre election agreement, if he has no intention to dishonour his commitment to the Harapan consensus before the last election? And why can’t the collective leadership of Harapan insist that this is done?

To answer Kim Quek on his two questions above, firstly Mahathir has NO intention of handing over to Anwar, well at least initially - I have to admit I'm not sure now that blue-eyed boy has been 'soiled' (far worse than Soi Lek who only engaged in natural sex which no doubt had won the silent admiration of non Chinese, though the reprobation ire of the cheongsum aunties, wakakaka).

I've often mentioned why Mahathir natural proclivity has been NOT to hand over the PM-ship to Anwar, namely, (a) Anwar has been (I suspect still is) his detested enemy since 1997 - Old Man has not/never forgiven Anwar, and (b) Anwar did his son Mirzan wrong in holding back on the latter's humongous required bailout on his shipping line during the Asian Meltdown era - no one effs around with Mahathir's Chye-Chye unforgiven.

(c) Having returned to the PM-ship, much to his own surprise, and realising he has been given a 2nd chance to remedy all his mistakes (incurred on his own arrogant presumptuousness during his original reign up to 2003) he has decided to now fix those but he requires time, certainly more than the prescribed two years, so eff Anwar.

Secondly, why couldn't/can’t the collective leadership of Harapan insist that it be done? Well, let's first eliminate the ineffectual voice, that of Amanah. Then PKR itself by the very issue itself has been split into two, just the way Mahathir has intended. If Wan Azizah has made some 'noise', I reckon her complaints and unhappiness would have been more effective than the combined efforts of Anwar, Nurul, Rafizi etc etc etc. But she didn't.

What about the DAP then? Who knows what Lim KS has been thinking, but whatever, I don't like it. You can guess and it won't be far wrong.

Avarice changes a man, even like some in the DAP.