Mahathir has been asked by the Agong to clear up the mess that he himself started. He started all this when he schemed to stop Anwar’s political career. Mahathir’s strategy to stop Anwar was by splitting PKR. This he did by baiting Azmin, who took it hook, line and sinker.
Mahathir was hoping that Azmin could actually kick Anwar out of PKR. But the boy could not do it. Instead he was facing the prospect of being kicked out of PKR himself. So in desperation Azmin organised yesterday’s shenanigans, hoping to get enough numbers of MP from UMNO, PAS, Bersatu etc to support `Perikatan Nasional’ with Mahathir as PM (and Anwar and Anwar’s supporters out of the picture completely).
Unfortunately for Azmin, he could not get the numbers. Mahathir found out that Azmin was not successful and decided to abandon Azmin.
After all, Mahathir had previously met and rub shoulders with crooks from oppositions UMNO and PAS – multiple times. And the 94-year-old prime minister was particularly proud about those meetings, as if it reflected his popularity, and even said that he enjoyed meeting everyone, including the Opposition.
It was only last month that he told all and sundry that he does not hold grudges, and can work with anyone – except Najib Razak. That means he could even work with UMNO President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, a crook who has been slapped with record 87 criminal charges, not to mention PAS President Hadi Awang who was bribed with RM90 million by former prime minister Najib.
The only strange thing about the Sunday’s jaw-dropping political maneuvering was Mahathir’s absence at the Sheraton Hotel in Petaling Jaya where he was supposed to issue a stunning announcement of the formation of a so-called new “Malay only” government, an idea which has been trumpeted for months by pro-opposition bloggers, propagandists, cyber troopers and news media.
But even then, his absence could be easily explained by the possibility of the King’s disapproval of a backdoor government. Heck, even his stunning “betrayal” was not really a surprise considering that he had been flip-flopping about the actual date to pass over the leadership to prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim – from initial 2 years to 3 years when asked by journalists.
So when Sheraton Hotel was invaded by a whopping 130 Member of Parliaments, including despicable Zahid Hamidi and disgraced Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, all of them as happy as a lark, naturally people were extremely disgusted with the “traitor Mahathir”. After all, only the prime minister could mobilise those warlords to the Palace to meet the King.
A night after the crooks were seen happily dined and wined at the Sheraton Hotel, as if they were about to be part of a new government without going through the ballot box, and after rising public anger, PKR President Anwar Ibrahim and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said that Mahathir was not part of the coup. And they only found out after paying the old man a visit for clarification.
Apparently, Mahathir’s resignations as prime minister and chairman of his own party Bersatu (PPBM) were because he refuses to work with UMNO. Long story short, Bersatu President Muhyiddin Yassin and PKR traitor Azmin Ali had been plotting behind Mahathir’s back to topple the Pakatan Harapan government so that a new Perikatan Nasional government could be formed.
Are we supposed to believe that a master strategist and manipulator who has outfoxed opponents for a total of 24 years during two stints as prime minister suddenly was outmanoeuvred by his blue-eyed boy Azmin Ali and a not so clever Muhyiddin Yassin? Didn’t Mahathir chair an extraordinary Bersatu meeting on the same day the coup was launched?
Surely he knew that several surprise political meetings were also being held on Sunday, which led to talks of the formation of a new political alignment involving oppositions UMNO and PAS. Just several kilometres away, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali’s camp also had a meeting at a hotel, as did a “special meeting” by UMNO Supreme Council members at PWTC.
If Mahathir disagreed – even despised – with the idea of a new government involving UMNO crooks, all he needed to do was to simply tell the journalists who were waiting for his comments. That would cripple the coup. He zipped his mouth and went home instead. In addition, Mahathir already knew about Azmin’s secret dinner meeting with UMNO last November, did he not?
Therefore, to blame Azmin for working with UMNO behind his back without his approval was rather lame. Mahathir trusted Azmin so much that when the (former) Economic Affairs Minister was plagued with gay sex video, the prime minister was quick to defend him, even indirectly blamed Anwar of orchestrating the scandal to destroy Azmin’s bright future.
Interestingly, only Mahathir had resigned from the party he founded. His son Mukhriz is still attached to Bersatu and didn’t quit. The latest meeting by the party’s supreme council has rejected Mahathir’s resignation as chairman. In fact, they also decided to fully support him as prime minister. It appears that the traitor Muhyiddin Yassin has lost the plot and his career could be over.
However, it could also mean that the whole coup circus was a Hollywood drama to make Mahathir indispensable. Now that the King has accepted Mahathir’s resignation as prime minister, but at the same time appointed him as the interim prime minister, of which there’s no time limit attached to the position, the old man can appoint cabinet members at his discretion and rule until the next general election – if he likes.
The coup also saw how Anwar Ibrahim appealed to Mahathir to stay as prime minister while Lim Guan Eng said DAP has pledged to nominate the former premier to become prime minister – again. It seems Mahathir will break the world record once again. Not only he will remain as the world’s oldest prime minister, he will essentially become the premier for 3 times.
In the same breath, oppositions UMNO and PAS have been made suckers – played left, right and centre – after hallucinating and bragging at the Sheraton Hotel that it would be a matter of hours before they return to the federal government. They were incredibly convinced that Pakatan Harapan is doomed and a new government will be taking over soon.
Perhaps Mahathir was using the coup to flush out moles and traitors within the Pakatan Harapan coalition government. Perhaps there was a last minute change in strategy in the formation of a new government on Sunday. But to say the master strategist hadn’t a clue that Azmin Ali and Muhyiddin Yassin were plotting without his knowledge is an insult to the people’s intelligence.
Besides, there were reports that the coup failed at the eleventh hour because UMNO got greedy and started making unrealistic demands, including appointment of corrupt leaders like Zahid Hamidi and Tengku Adnan as senior ministers in the new government. UMNO also demanded that former defence minister and cousin of Najib – Hishammuddin Hussein – be made a deputy prime minister
To suggest that Mahathir wasn’t aware that UMNO crooks were included in the new government also means IGP (Inspector General of Police) Abdul Hamid Bador, formerly director of the Special Branch of the Royal Malaysian Police, was sleeping on the job. The 94-year-old former premier has access to all the military intelligence at all time, mind you.