Serving expired and end-of-shelf-life offering

The Opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan itself requires to hope for miracle in their bid toppling the Barisan Nasional Government for almost 60 years and coming to power with the majority mandate, with offering like Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as the choice as the Seventh Prime Minister.

Reuters story:

JANUARY 7, 2018 / 6:10 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

Malaysia’s opposition alliance names 92-year old Mahathir as PM candidate

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s opposition coalition on Sunday named 92-year old former premier Mahathir Mohamad as its prime ministerial candidate for a general election that must be called by August.

FILE PHOTO Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during an anti-kleptocracy rally in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 14, 2017. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin/Files

With the country’s most popular opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in jail, Mahathir is seen as the biggest threat for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is engulfed in a corruption scandal.

Mahathir, who earned a reputation during his 22-year tenure as prime minister of being a no-nonsense authoritarian with little time for dissenters promoting liberal values, stands to become the world’s oldest leader if the opposition wins.

A victory could also potentially pave the way for former Mahathir foe Anwar to become the prime minister.

Mahathir and Anwar’s wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be the Pakatan Harapan coalition’s candidates for the premier and deputy prime ministerial posts respectively, secretary general Saifuddin Abdullah said at the alliance’s convention.

If the opposition wins, the component parties have agreed to immediately commence the legal processes to obtain a royal pardon for Anwar, Saifuddin said.

“…So that Anwar could immediately play a role in the federal government and subsequently be proposed as a candidate for the eighth prime minister,” he said.

FILE PHOTO Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and opposition leader Wan Azizah listen during an anti-kleptocracy rally in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 14, 2017. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin/Files

The Mahathir-Anwar coalition and their endorsement of each other is a turnaround from their bitter feud that has shaped Malaysia’s political landscape for nearly two decades.

Anwar was once a protege of Mahathir, and the rising star of Malaysian politics, but they had a falling-out in the late 1990s. Soon afterwards, Anwar was jailed on charges of sodomy and graft, after being sacked as the deputy prime minister. He denied the charges, dismissing them as politically motivated.

Anwar later led an opposition alliance to stunning electoral gains in 2013. Najib’s Barisan Nasional coalition lost the popular vote in that election, but managed to stay in power after winning a majority of the seats in parliament.

But Anwar was convicted and jailed again in 2013 for sodomizing a former aide, a charge he and his supporters describe as an attempt to end his career.

The sodomy conviction disqualifies Anwar from political office and from contesting the next election. A royal pardon, however, would let him contest.

Opposition to Prime Minister Najib has brought Anwar and Mahathir back together, with their parties now working in the opposition coalition.

Najib has been embroiled in a corruption scandal involving state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). In civil lawsuits, the U.S. Justice Department has alleged that about $4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB.

The fund has denied any wrongdoing and Najib, who founded 1MDB, has denied all allegations of corruption against him and was cleared of wrongdoing by Malaysia’s attorney-general.

Reporting by Liz Lee, writing by A. Ananthalakshmi; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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This is should be received as a sad anecdote to Malaysian politics, as by then Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is almost 93 years old. Hence, his ability to work and productive for Malaysia is highly doubtful.

This is the manifest of the Opposition do not really have anything fresh and good to offer, even a candidate to take Malaysia forward in the global challenges.

Even political columnists are doubtful of the notion.

Joceline Tan’s column in The Star:

Anwar not in favour of Dr M as PM


PETALING JAYA: A poster of a Pakatan Harapan Cabinet featuring Datuk Seri Azmin Ali as the Prime Minister has gone viral.

The line-up with the tagline “Muda, Dinamik, Wibawa” (young, dynamic, integrity) began circulating shortly before Pakatan’s presidential council meeting on Thursday (Jan 4) afternoon.

It was clearly a counter-campaign against Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s bid to be named the coalition’s prime minister candidate.

It also seemed like the handiwork of PKR supporters given that PKR leaders dominated 12 of the 27 posts that placed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as the Deputy Prime Minister.

The proposed Cabinet line-up in this viral image has Datuk Seri Azmin Ali as the prime minister.

At around the same time that day, a statement by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was released, urging the coalition to “heed the voice of the people”.

It was quite a cryptic statement and although he did not mention anything about the tussle over the prime minister post, there were two giveaway points – he advised Pakatan to respect the spirit of consensus as well as to consult non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and activists on key issues.

He was basically telling the coalition that any decision made on the prime minister candidate has to be by consensus – that is, all four parties must agree rather than put the matter to a vote.

Those in the know say that his advice about consulting NGOs was aimed directly at Dr Mahathir because two leading women NGO leaders had met the Pakatan chairman and former premier last week to share their views.

They had also told the 92-year-old leader that they will boycott Pakatan in the general election if he is the prime minister candidate.

The sentiments are not favourable to Dr Mahathir and the wish-washy press conference that took place at the conclusion of Thursday’s meeting spoke volumes.

It was obvious that the coalition could not reach a consensus on the choice of prime minister.

And although PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah and Azmin attended the meeting, they were both absent from the press conference.

Pakatan leaders have done quite a swell job of keeping the discord under wraps. If not carefully handled, it will lead to an internal crisis.

Apart from the press statement, PKR insiders said Anwar had also despatched a letter from Sungai Buloh stating his views on the issue. He is clearly not in favour of Dr Mahathir for the post.

“Anwar is not being personal or out for revenge. He does not believe that Mahathir represents our reform agenda,” said a PKR leader.

The presidential council meeting was supposed to set the stage for Pakatan Harapan to declare Dr Mahathir as their prime minister candidate at their convention on Sunday (Jan 7).

It is unclear whether the pro-Mahathir camp would be able to push through their agenda without PKR coming along.

Pakatan leaders thought Dr Mahathir would be their trump card in the general election. Instead he has become a bone of contention for them.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2018/01/05/anwar-not-in-favour-of-dr-m/#kCqL7zc3uAh1rKvC.99

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They are still selling the lemon for getting a pardon for Anwar Ibrahim, who is currently serving a five year jail for sodomising political aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan in June 2008, months after the ‘Political Tsunami’ at 12GE.

However, if the Opposition pact managed to win the majority mandate at the 14GE, they would have make a representation to His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XV.

At this audience, they would get the invitation to form the new Federal Government. If they had submitted Dr Mahathir as the candidate as the new Prime Minister, there is a good chance it would be rejected.

It is an open secret that His Majesty is not comfortable with the Fourth Prime Minister. It has been a while Dr Mahathir was excluded from formal events at Istana Negara, despite his stature as a Statesman and holding the P.M.N. and P.S.M. Federal Government award.

In his obsession and personal vendetta to topple Prime Minister Najib, Pakatan Harapan and PPBM Chairman Dr. Mahathir Mohamad crossed the line and even HRH Rulers uttered ‘Titah Murka’ and spoke sternly against him.

It is very hard to think the Rulers Council would go with him as the Seventh Prime Minister.

The other delusional thinking is the announcement of division of seats to be contested by Pakatan Harapan component parties, just for Semenanjung. PPBM is allocated 52 seats and PKR is allocated 51 seats in the next 14GE.

It is a herculean task for PKR to contest that many seats, now that PAS is no longer is the Opposition coalition. In the past three GEs, PKR has been reliant on the PAS election machinery and even support, to get the party for Sodomy-convict Anwar Ibrahim’s personal agenda.

Of course, Parti Amanah Negara is without grassroots and non able to replicate PAS’s effective election machinery.

PPBM is another party with doubtful ability with the election machinery to contest 52 Parliamentary seats. Presently, even at Supreme Council level PPBM is lack with a line of strong and effective leaders.

In a nutshell, the Opposition coalition yet to offer a good deal to Malaysians for taking Malaysia forward but singing the old song, almost same tune but repackaged with out-of-shelf-life packaging.

 

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  1. Dr Mahathir is a classic example of ‘Cina Buta’?

    Upon getting power mandated through Parliamentary process and against odds get himself appointed by His Majesty SPB YDP Agong XV, he would actually work on Anwar Ibrahim’s pardon and let him quickly win a Parliamentary seat and take over as the Eighth Prime Minister?

    Or he jealously clutched on to power a little longer?

    Whilst he sort out so that his talentless-politically-aspirant son would be taking over from him?


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