Dr. Mahathir was responsible for the demise of all Malaysian Prime Ministers ( Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Hussein Onn , Tun Abdullah Badawi , Najib Razak) with the exceptions of Tun Razak who died prematurely and Dr. Mahathir himself.
DPM List ( Ghafar Baba , Musa Hitam , Tun Musa Hitam , Anwar Ibrahim )
Next On The List : Anwar Ibrahim & Muhyiddin Yassin
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is akin to a “PM Slayer,” writes Professor James Chin of the University of Tasmania.
Chin, in his book “Malaysia Post-Mahathir: A Decade of Change” said that Dr Mahathir had brought down two prime ministers and was tackling a third.
He added in the book that Dr Mahathir was responsible for the downfall of Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and was calling for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to step down.
“Mahathir, who turned 90 in 2015, wanted Mukhriz to be elected vice-president of Umno in 2014 to have a shot at the prime ministership. Since that attempt failed, getting rid of Najib would be one way of giving Mukhriz another chance to get to the top,” Chin wrote in the chapter A Decade Later: The Lasting Shadow of Mahathir.
Source : The Star
At the age of 94, Mahathir Mohamad is a name that has dominated Malaysian politics for decades.
He was voted in as the country’s prime minister in 2018, but in February 2020, found himself ousted in a twist of events that saw the collapse of the governing coalition.
Mahathir had previously served as the country’s prime minister from 1981 to 2003.
But in 2018, he came out of retirement in a bid to take down former prime minister Najib Razak – who has been accused of embezzling hundreds of millions in state funds.
Mr Mahathir, together with former coalition leader Anwar Ibrahim, successfully took down Mr Najib.
But the alliance showed that it could not withstand the weight of internal rivalries. Mr Mahathir’s resignation triggered the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan coalition, paving the way for a new prime minister.
As quickly as it begun, Mr Mahathir was removed from the post, replaced by a former party member of his – Muhyiddin Yassin. Mr Mahathir has described the appointment of Mr Muhyiddin as illegal and a betrayal.
But the saga is still far from over – and it’s clear Mr Mahathir will not go down without a fight.
Dr M & Ku Li Join Forces To Take Down Anwar & Muhyiddin
Umno veteran leader Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim are basically staring down each other for the premiership while former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has thrown his support behind one of them.
It is quite evident by now that Razaleigh, or Ku Li as he better known, and Dr Mahathir have joined forces to stop Anwar from claiming the prime minister job.
“We are looking at the coming together of two former adversaries to defeat Anwar,” said Azmi Anshar, a media consultant and an insider to recent political developments.
Sources told The Malaysian Insight that in the past few weeks, two meetings have taken place between these two political giants, once sworn enemies.
“They have met twice recently and discussions included forming an understanding together,” a source said.
Adding fuel to the cooperation theory is a photograph circulating on social media showing Tengku Razaleigh, Dr Mahathir, his wife, Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, and Khairuddin Abu Hassan.
An aide to Tengku Razaleigh said the photograph was taken during a dinner at the Kelantan prince’s house a month ago.
Another source close to Dr Mahathir’s new party Pejuang, said the cooperation between the two came about as both are against the leadership of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
“They used to not see eye to eye but now they have a common goal,” the source said.
An Umno source added that Muhyiddin-led Bersatu’s bullying in PN against Umno, including in the tussle over the Sabah chief minister post last month, led Tengku Razaleigh to act fast.
“Tengku Razaleigh does not like Muhyiddin as there are many things done unilaterally without discussing with Umno. This has angered the veteran leader,” the source said.
The 11-term Gua Musang MP is still holding on to the belief he could be prime minister, said another source.
Once sworn enemies, sources say Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Dr Mahathir Mohamad are now coming together as both mutually dislike PM Muhyiddin Yassin’s leadership. – Facebook pic, October 16, 2020.
Astro Awani reported that Tengku Razaleigh has 24 out of Umno’s 39 MPs supporting him for the top post, including the likes of current Foreign Affairs Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, as well as Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
“The Ku Li movement has greater support among Umno MPs. At least 24 of the 39 Umno MPs support him as the prime ministerial candidate,” Awani quoted a source as saying.
The Malaysian Insight learnt this was among the topics discussed when Tengku Razaleigh had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Tuesday.
Interestingly, his meeting with the king came just after Anwar Ibrahim’s meeting earlier in the day.
Anwar was granted an audience with the Agong to present a list of MPs whom he said supported him.
Hours after the audience, the palace said the PKR president merely informed Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah of the number of MPs he had but did not furnish the list of names.
Istana Negara said Sultan Abdullah advised Anwar to act according to the constitution.
How did Mahathir contribute to the Tunku’s downfall?
In the aftermath of May 13 incident Mahathir wrote a bitter, ostensibly confidential, letter to the Tunku urging him to resign from office. The letter was distributed “by the thousands”, according to the Tunku, and resulted in student demonstrations.
Ironically, Anwar Ibrahim, then a University of Malaya student leader, was instrumental in both the distribution of letter and demonstration – the first collaboration between the two arguably most interesting politicians in Malaysian history.
The Tunku initially blamed the May 13 incident on the communists and Chinese secret society elements but Home Affairs Minister Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman thought otherwise, “we found that they (the communists) were as surprised as we were”.
Mahathir’s letter placed the responsibility for May 13 squarely on Tunku’s shoulders. The Tunku, according to Mahathir, gave “…the Chinese what they demand The Malays, whom you thought will not revolt, have lost their minds and ran amok, sacrificing their lives and killing those whom they hate, because you have given them [the Chinese] too much face. The responsibility for the deaths of these people, Muslims and infidels, must be shouldered by a leader who was under a misconception.”
[Original text: Orang2 Melayu yang Tunku fikir tidak memberontak telah-pun menjadi gila dan mengamok sehingga mengorbankan nyawa mereka dan membunoh orang yang mereka benchi kerana Tunku terlangsong bagi muka. Tanggong-jawab tentang mati-nya orang2 ini, Islam dan kafir, terpaksa di-letak di-atas bahu pemimpin yang salah pendapat.]
Though this ‘major bruise’ inflicted on the Tunku was retaliated with the expulsion of Mahathir from Umno, his interpretation of events has since become government policies. The Tunku stepped down a year later. And, as they say, the rest is history.
But what about third prime minister, Hussein Onn?
While debatable, the late MGG Pillai’s version of 1978 Umno elections may have some truths. An Umno lightweight Sulaiman Ahmad aka Sulaiman Palestine challenged Hussein for the Umno presidency and received more than a quarter of the total votes. While not intending to defeat Hussein, it was the first time that the Umno president was challenged in an election. The move undermined Hussein’s legitimacy. Citing ill-health, he resigned in 1981 to make way for Mahathir.
Most believed that Harun Idris, then imprisoned for graft, engineered Sulaiman’s challenge but Pillai thought that it was set up by Mahathir. Whether or not Mahathir had a role in it, he was the clear beneficiary of Hussein’s departure.
Despite being the second-in-command, deputy prime minister Mahathir was constantly under threat from various quarters, particularly the then home minister Ghazali Shafie (left), who wielded a lot of influence on Hussein. The ambitious Ghazali attempted to implicate Mahathir as a communist agent. Failing which, three days before Mahathir sworn in as prime minister, Ghazali detained Mahathir’s top aide, Siddiq Mohamed Ghouse, who was alleged to have been a KGB agent.
Thus, Mahathir was desperate for an end to the Hussein era so that he could consolidate his power as the new PM.
Khairy the real target
While a single incident of outburst will not bring down a prime minister, Mahathir’s recent declaration of war has crossed a psychological barrier. It was previously hard for political opponents to attack Pak Lah the person, and the Islamic party PAS learnt it in the hard way in 2004.
Mahathir’s censure comes at a time when Pak Lah’s popularity is slowing fading. The high hopes placed on Abdullah for his transformational potentials declines as he flip-flops on police reforms, anti-graft and other policy matters. There is no sense of change for the better.
Further, Abdullah is no longer immune from accusations of cronyism as his son and son-in-law expanded their influence in the business and political arenas. Indeed, some believe that Mahathir’s barb against Abdullah was in part targeted at Khairy Jamaluddin, who has at various occasions portrayed the Abdullah administration as distinctively different from, and less corrupt than, Mahathir’s.
And, the economy is not doing well either, at least from the perspective of a layperson. Inflation, fuel, interest rate and utilities have all surged. Mahathirnomics, for all its faults, did allow some money to change hand and thus keep the economy going, though at the expense of future generation.
Abdullah’s neo-liberal economics is heading nowhere. A vicious cycle of high inflation, a drop in consumption, reduced business confidence, thus domestic investment, and ultimately lesser jobs seems to have taken place. Worst still, interest rate is on the rise, which may well dampen new investments. All these do not bode well for the Abdullah administration. And, if the US economy were to crash, Malaysia will be hard hit.
It’s time for Abdullah to be bold in fulfilling his reform agenda to rescue himself from a precarious position which could create the conditions for Mahathir to bag his third scalp.