Sunday, May 31, 2020

Mahathir under delusion (revised) PKR still backs him

Star Online:

Dr M fights back like an angry tiger

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If the rumours swirling the whole of yesterday had come true, the country would be left with a hung Parliament today.

A minister and a deputy minister were supposed to announce that they were crossing over to join Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s camp.

It was supposed to have happened at 5pm, but 5pm ticked by with no sign of them or any word from the pair.

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For a while, the fate of the Perikatan Nasional government seemed to be in the hands of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof and Deputy Works Minister Datuk Dr Shahruddin Md Salleh.

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For days, there had been speculation that Camp Mahathir had promised to make Mohd Redzuan the next deputy prime minister, while Dr Shahruddin was offered a full ministership apart from “remunerations”.

The pair have not personally quashed the rumours, although Mohd Redzuan’s political secretary has denied that his boss had called for any press conference and that Mohd Redzuan was in fact under quarantine.

But as many noted, it was not an outright denial that he would jump ship.

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There were also claims that Women and Family Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun was also jumping, but she killed the rumour by turning up alongside party secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin at a press conference yesterday afternoon.

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The moment has passed but the crisis has deepened.

The infighting in Bersatu has worsened and it is ironic that the party, which has managed to produce two prime ministers in its brief existence, is falling to pieces.

The war between Dr Mahathir and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is destroying the party and threatening to drag the country into yet another political upheaval.

“It is moving to a dangerous level. It was bubbling beneath the surface and has finally boiled over.

“A small party like ours cannot survive this type of infighting,” said a senior Bersatu figure close to both Dr Mahathir and Muhyiddin.

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Yesterday’s event provided a glimpse of Dr Mahathir’s Plan B against Muhyiddin.

It is evident that his Plan A – the motion of no confidence against Muhyiddin – is likely to fail because PKR parliamentarians are not with Dr Mahathir.

There is tremendous resistance in PKR about working with Dr Mahathir again.

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“Only the biggest fools will believe Dr Mahathir again after what happened,” said an MP from PKR, who declined to be named because they had been told not to speak on the issue.

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The distrust of Dr Mahathir runs deep in PKR after the way Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was “played out” of the premiership.

“We don’t want Dr Mahathir as prime minister. All of us are very clear that Anwar is our prime minister candidate,” said Perak PKR chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak.

Without PKR, Dr Mahathir does not have the numbers needed for his motion to go through.

Dr Mahathir’s Plan B was probably hatched after the May 18 parliament sitting when he saw that Muhyiddin only had 113 MPs on his side.

He realised that he only required three MPs to cross over and the ruling coalition would collapse. That was when he decided to go on a “fishing trip” for MPs to come onboard.

It is not easy to catch the big fish, but he is not the sort to give up without a fight.

1 comment:

  1. pkr either back mahathir or back the backdoor pm if they wan power, n of cource they can choose to be a principled opposition as well like psm, n wait patiently.