Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is expected to speak in Permatang Pauh, Penang tomorrow morning.
The event is organised by Malay NGO PERKASA would be held in UiTM campus. The theme of talk is ‘Transformasi Ekonomi dan Pendidikan Melayu’.
It is expected that this would draw a lot of attention. This is the first time Tun Dr Mahathir comes to Permatang Pauh since Opposition Leader former-abuse-of-power-convict Anwar Ibrahim was sacked from the Federal Government as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister on 2 September 1998 and UMNO as Deputy President and member a day later.
Anwar was sentenced six years jail in April 1999 for abusing his Deputy Prime Ministerial power by instructing the Police Special Branch to force a retraction from letters written by his wife’s driver Azizan Abu Bakar and Ummi Hafilda Mohd. Ali. He exhaustively tries all avenues to be pardoned but no avail. He was released in August 2004 after serving four years of time in prison for his graft sentence and his sodomy sentence was overturned by Federal Court for technicalities.
Anwar was unable to contest the March 2008 12GE because his mandatory five years abstention from elections limit expired only in 17 April 2008. His wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail who is Parti KeAdilan Rakyat President won the seat twice, 2004 and 2008 general elections but vacated in favor for Anwar in August 2008. He assumed the Opposition Leader of the Dewan Rakyat post from Lim Kit Siang of DAP after winning the Permatang Paub by-election.
Anwar lied to the Malaysian public by claiming that “31 BN MPs would jump-ship and Pakatan Rakyat would form the Federal Government by or on 16 September 2008”. The fact is that the Opposition lost six MPs when they left their respective party from 2010 onwards.
This event is seen as a run-up to the much anticipated 13GE just around the corner.