Friday, December 15, 2017

Intrigues after intrigues - another Mahathir-Anwar story

FMT - Dr M has no interest in Anwar’s release, says Reformasi veteran (extracts):

A pioneer Reformasi activist has questioned the sincerity of Dr Mahathir Mohamad in calling for the release of former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Abdul Razak Ismail had been part of the Reformasi movement since its inception in 1998, following the sacking of Anwar as deputy prime minister and Umno deputy president, when Mahathir headed both the party and the government.

He said that he believes that the former prime minister does not have any interest in pushing for the release of jailed opposition leader Anwar. [...]

Razak, who was secretary of the Otai Reformasi 1998 NGO before quitting his post to become an ordinary member, lamented how the opposition coalition had welcomed Mahathir into their fold.

“The whole idea of Mahathir’s name being on the statement looked more like PH’s gimmick of wanting to bring Mahathir into the picture.

“If that’s what they’re trying to do, it’s bad ‘advertising’,” Razak said, adding that it seemed a moot point to have Mahathir release the statement when Anwar is set to be free in a matter of months anyway having served most of his jail term.

“Moreover, Mahathir doesn’t have to fight for Anwar’s release because his jail term is anticipated to end next year June.

“In fact, I hear rumours of Prime Minister Najib Razak wanting to release Anwar earlier but keep him under house arrest, just to get back at Mahathir.

“So this statement Mahathir made doesn’t carry any weight and won’t make any difference,” Razak said.

Wakakaka, it doesn't take rocket science to know that Mahathir has zero interest in getting Anwar Ibrahim released.

Once Mahathir hated only one person but today he hates two blokes with deep deep deepest vengeance. They are Najib Razak and Anwar Ibrahim. 

He hates Najib for refusing to obey his dictates and ignoring him, failing to report to him, etc.

And he hates Anwar for trying to oust him in 1997-8.

Once Mahathir hates you with a giant-size HATRED, he never forgets, thus for him to join US human rights lawyer Kimberley Motley in calling for the release of Anwar Ibrahim is hardly plausible, apart from a gesture that's hardly likely to receive any attention from Najib.

But as Abdul Razak Ismail said, that implausibility looked more like Pakatan Harapan’s gimmick of wanting to bring Mahathir into the picture, though we do not know who in PH dreamed up that personal-political incongruity.

I wonder whether it could have been one of PKR's strategic-thinkers like Rafizi? Nurul? or even the outside-of-PKR LKS? Wakakaka. But Abdul Razak Ismail assessed it as a bad move.

But maybe that it would in the end be a meaningless gesture for Mahathir to call for Anwar to be released, an unwinnable move hardly likely to gain traction with the authorities, that saw Mahathir willing to participate in that useless act of tokenism, wakakaka.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is not qualified to become Selangor menteri besar as his struggle is solely to become the prime minister, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

"I think he (Anwar) is not qualified to become menteri besar, he formed a party purely to ensure he becomes prime minister, not to fight for race, religion and nation.

"Everywhere he struggles, it is also only to become prime minister, enter Umno (before) is also because he wanted to be prime minister, not to fight for Umno," said the former prime minister.

He was speaking to reporters after the launch of the Tun Mahathir Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) Chair for Global Peace at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) here, Tuesday. [...]

Dr Mahathir, who is also PGPF president, said he was "afraid" the people of Selangor would not be safe if Anwar became its menteri besar.

"Of course, I have fear because the people would not be safe, the staff will not be safe with him around, you see what happened to his staff? He will be more influenced by his freedom to do whatever he likes."

He thinks as prime minister, probably he will be above the law, you are not above the law, if you commit anything wrong, (or if) you are immoral, the government will take action against you,"

- source 'Malaysian Digest'

But Abdul Razak Ismail revealed a juicy lil' nugget of information, that he heard rumours of Prime Minister Najib Razak wanting to release Anwar earlier but keep him under house arrest, just to get back at Mahathir.

That rumour, while still a rumour, might not be completely baseless as Anwar’s release is anticipated to end next year June, just a mere 6 months away. Early releases for good behaviour or on political amnesty are not uncommon. Najib might also have considered an early release of Anwar as a bit of pre-election good-will 'sales gimmick'.

If indeed this rumour has grounds, then the 'bright spark' in PH who dreamt up the meaningless but politically-profitable -to-PH gesture of having Mahathir request for Anwar's release together with US lawyer Kimberley Motley, has instead f* Anwar up by instigating Najib to allegedly frustrate Mahathir deliberately, in showing the Old Man 'siapa raja'.

Wah, the intrigues of Malay politics ... but which sometimes ended up in burnt satay, sodomy and hypothetically 'unnecessary extra days' in jail for Anwar.

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