PETALING JAYA: A political analyst speculates that PKR could lose its grip on the top two posts in the country if Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail makes way for her husband, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, in hopes of speeding up his claim to take over as prime minister.
Azmi Hassan of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia said “this strategy is fraught with danger” as PKR might not only lose the DPM’s post but also the PM’s post, referring to Pakatan Harapan’s agreement that Anwar would take over from Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister.
There have been growing calls for Mahathir to make clear when the transfer of power would take place. Wan Azizah has also been urged to give up the deputy premiership as a means of securing Anwar’s claim to succeed Mahathir.
“But this strategy is only applicable if the handover is a sure thing,” he said.
Azmi had doubts that Mahathir would make way for Anwar soon, in the light of the sex video scandal implicating Cabinet minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, who some believe to be Mahathir’s preferred successor.
“Given that Tun’s grasp on the post seems more tighter than before, I don’t see that Wan Azizah will relinquish her DPM post with all the uncertainties, either,” he added.
Mahathir was supposed to hold office only for two years; in May, he stated that he would hand over the reins to Anwar as promised but no timeframe had been set for the transfer of power.
Azmi said the prospects of Anwar succeeding Mahathir now appeared to be more of a “distant dream” rather than a foregone conclusion.
It is not a good idea for Wan Azizah to step aside. “With her still in the Cabinet, some sort of internal pressure can be applied to Tun to fulfil his obligation regarding the PM post.”
Singapore Institute of International Affairs senior fellow Oh Ei Sun said Wan Azizah’s resignation would force Mahathir’s hand, but Mahathir could very well replace her with somebody else such as Azmin.
“What is happening now is anything but smooth and ordinary,” he told FMT. “It is abundantly clear that Mahathir has no intention of having Anwar succeed him.”
Mahathir is right up to his USUAL Machiavellian self. I have often written that he hates three people with a vengeance, his INVINCIBLE hate, white heat hot hatred, and these 3 unfortunate blokes are (a) Anwar Ibrahim, (b) KJ (wakakaka) and (c) Najib Razak.
Thus assuming he would honour his agreement to hand over the PM post to Anwar without any black & white safety assurances, despite perceived half-hearted grudging promises from him is presumptuous, yes presumptuously naive and akin to believing in fairy godmothers and tooth fairies.
Mahathir is known for his bravado stubbornness and two-fingers attitude to the world ('Jews have hooked nose' etc) and with such an obdurate defiant eff-you attitude cum his innate hatred of Anwar, he would now dig in EVEN further with the news of his blue-eye jambu (believed to be his heir-anointed) being now under scandalous siege, true or otherwise.
If the majority Pakatan coalition sticks with him and this includes part of PKR (the Dokalffar Dwarfs faction) and the DAP leadership (Lim KS' vow to resign notwithstanding), then Anwar Ibrahim can wave goodbye to his future as the 8th PM of Malaysia, and he can thank his own PKR people plus indeed the DAP leadership for abandoning him.
As Chinese would say, 'uu lang bay cheh tian' (adanya orang yang ta'ada nasib menduduk singgasana) (there are people NOT destined to rule).
Some notables in history have been Hilary Clinton (USA), Kim Beasley and Bill Shorten (Australia), and our own Ku Li. Anwar Ibrahim may yet join them in the immortalised phalanx of 'The Almost (but never there)'. And it'll be Fate's very cruel trick played on him.