Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Nice or Nasty Nonagenarian

Merriam Webster dictionary informs us that:

The word for a person in their seventies (70's) is septuagenarian.


The word for a person in their eighties (80's) is octogenarian.


And the word for a person in their nineties (90's) is nonagenarian.


Since our two political leaders, the incumbent PM (Mahathir) and the MOU-ed heir apparent (Anwar), are respectively a nonagenarian and a septuagenarian (and interestingly Ku Li is a octogenarian), it would and should be wise for us to consider the worst case scenario. In this respect my definition of 'worst case scenario' is to prepare for any unexpected demise among the two, the current PM and his so-called 'heir apparent'.

By the by, when I used the term 'MOU-ed heir apparent' for Anwar (MOU being Memorandum of Understanding amongst PH leaders), the 'heir apparent' is supposed to mean a person, namely Anwar Ibrahim, who is to be the first in succeeding Mahathir and (theoretically) cannot be displaced by another person, wakakaka.

And a MOU is legally binding when it satisfies six basic requirements in a legally enforceable contract, which are:

  • An offer.
  • An acceptance.
  • Competent parties who have the legal capacity to contract.
  • Lawful subject matter.
  • Mutuality of obligation.
  • Consideration.

Should Mahathir suddenly leave us 'forever', I assume Anwar as the 'heir apparent' jumps into his by-then vacated seat, naturally following a transition period where Wan Azizah becomes the PM, a by-election is held somewhere, and Anwar emerges victorious in that by-election to become Malaysia's 7th PM.

As a very old English saying goes: There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip, thus things could "happen" to prevent Anwar from becoming PM.

What happens then?

Of course Wan Azizah remains as the succeeding PM, but alas you know her - thus it won't be long before she gets deposed and disposed. What happens after that has to be another story, another post.

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But what happens if the septuagenarian leaves us before the nonagenarian?

In my humble opinion, I reckon this is the more likely scenario, based on two observations, namely:

(1) Anwar has not been in the best of health, suffering form a number of ailments, chief being his back, and

(2) Mahathir is believed to be the beneficiary of longevity genes, where his family members lived until their very late 90's. Thus Mahathir may live to be an active centenarian, which by now you should know what that word means, wakakaka.

Regardless of whether Anwar leaves us or not, a man who is likely to be an alert and active centenarian is hardly predispose towards surrendering his PM post, especially when he feels he has not completed most of the things he wants to.


Star Online - Dr Mahathir prepared to step down if there is a fallout between Pakatan leaders (extracts):

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said he is prepared to step down if there is a falling out between him and the Pakatan Harapan leadership.

In an interview with Channel News Asia (CNA), Dr Mahathir did not rule out a possible fallout when asked about fears of an impending rift between him and his nemesis-turned-ally Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"Well, there can be a fallout between me and many, many people. But I have always been able to stay and work with people who were against me," Dr Mahathir said.

"I was there for 22 years. I had a lot of people who were against me but I managed. So, if I cannot manage, then I step down," he added.

And we know how he "managed" during his 22-years rule from 1981 to 2003, where he deposed (in one way or another) of his co-workers, namely, DPM Musa Hitam, DPM Ghafar Baba, DPM Anwar Ibrahim, DPM-PM Abdullah Badawi, PM Najib, should-be DPM Ku Li, Lord President Salleh Abas, 5 High Court judges, etc etc etc.

Nor did he spare the opposition or Chinese educationists who annoyed him, packing them away in Ops Lalang.


  1. i am not sure mahathir wan to spend his last few years fighting anwar, or to do goods to msian, i think it is more likely the latter. the succession plan is clear as of now, the more complicated one is who after anwar? since there is no single party that command a majority.

    1. Its obviously going to be Boboi, if Anwar knows what's good for him. Or does he miss the jailhouse rock so much?

  2. Eat your heart out Malaysia Book of Records.

    Only Guinness for us:

    Centenarian next. Malaysia Boleh.