Realism of Dr Mahathir as the next Prime Minister

The reality of Pakatan Harapan Chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to be offered as the next Prime Minister in the event they manage to control Dewan Rakyat is unlikely, considering his relationship with His Majesty Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong XV.

Bernama story:

Kelantan palace revokes award for Mahathir

KOTA BHARU — Feb. 8, 2018: The Kelantan Palace has revoked the Darjah Kerabat Yang Amat Dihormati (Al-Yunusi) title awarded to former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in 2002 effective last Tuesday.

State Secretary Datuk Mohd. Faudzi Che Mamat confirmed this when contacted today but did not reveal the reason.

Mahathir, who is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman, has been informed.

Yesterday, the palace revoked the datuk awards of Parti Amanah Negara vice-president Husam Musa and Kelantan Amanah chairman Wan Abd Rahim Wan Abdullah. — Bernama


Dr Mahathir is the first former Prime Minister whose State Awards has been withdrawn, upon the wish of HRH Ruler.

In this case, the Ruler is His Majesty Sultan Muhammad V, who currently resides the office of the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong V.

The various arguments towards the appointment of a Prime Minister, are in the context of the relevant articles in the Federal Constitution, as well as the precedent from the British experience.

It is no mystery that Dr. Mahathir’s relationship with the various Rulers has been prickly and even contentious, ever since he was the Fourth Prime Minister.

Lately as a Statesman, he has been reprimanded by His Majesty Sultan of Johor and HRH Sultan Selangor, for his political speeches and manoeuvres.

These tiffs and riffs, including the insult HRH Sultan Selangor openly expressed for the speech made at Anti-Kleptocracy Rally last October and this withdrawal of State Awards by Kelantan, would be greatly unnoticed.

The Star story:

Selangor Sultan slams Dr M

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PETALING JAYA: Nine months after being berated by the Johor Sultan for claiming that Malaysia is being sold off to China, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has incurred a similar wrath, this time from the Selangor Sultan.

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah issued a stinging rebuke to Dr Mahathir for comparing the Bugis community to pirates during the “Love Malaysia, End Kleptocracy” rally at Padang Timur on Oct 14.

The Selangor Royal Council said in a statement yesterday that the Sultan took a serious view of, was angered by and was very upset at Dr Mahathir’s words, which are seen as trying to incite Malaysians to hate, insult and belittle the Bugis.

The Council also said that an investigation and legal action under the Sedition Act 1948 or any other related law should be carried out against Dr Mahathir.

He said two investigation papers had been opened over the remarks – made during the rally, as well as at a talk in Shah Alam on July 17 – after police reports were lodged by members of the public.

“We are investigating the matter under the Sedition Act,” he said, adding that the probe was almost completed.

The Selangor Royal Council statement, issued by its secretary Hanafisah Jais on behalf of the Sultan, said that based on a video clip of the speech which went viral on social media, Dr Mahathir’s allegation clearly insults the Bugis by alleging that they are descended from pirates, thieves and criminals.

“The members of the Selangor Royal Council regard the statement as extremely excessive and can trigger hatred and ill-feelings of the people against the Bugis to the extent that it creates chaos.

“This allegation indirectly insults the ancestry of the Selangor Sultanate which is descended from the Bugis.”

Dr Mahathir had claimed that Malaysia was being led by a prime minister descended from “Bugis pirates”, a dig at Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Council, in its statement, said historical facts prove that the Selangor Sultanate descended from the Bugis, who were warriors who defended Islam and peace throughout the Malay archipelago.

“Tun Dr Mahathir as a former prime minister and who led the country’s administration for 22 years should be more careful in issuing any statement and should be more informed about the historical facts on Bugis ancestry,” it said.

The statement added that the Selangor Sultan reminded all parties, especially politicians, to refrain from ridiculing race and ancestry for political capital because it could jeopardise harmony and unity in the country.

In an exclusive interview with The Star in January, Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar accused Dr Mahathir of fear-mongering by playing racial politics that have no place in the southern state.

The Johor Ruler said he was “deeply offended and hurt” by the political spin against mainland China investments in the state.

He singled out Dr Mahathir for “putting political interests above Malaysian interests, particularly Johor.”



Especially by the majority of the Malays, who have placed the sensitivities of insulting any Rulers as a taboo.

The hope of Pakatan Harapan controlling the Dewan Rakyat is substantially impaired with failure to get the support of the majority of the Malays. This is very clear when Dr. Mahathir formed PPBM as the specific vehicle to win the support of the Malays.

In the Thirteenth Parliament, the Malays through UMNO control 72 seats. That is 32.4% of the MPs. Currently, Pakatan Harapan MPs stand only at 74 seats.

That includes one from each PAN and PKR MPs, representing voters from Kelantan.

Never before in the history of Malaysia ever such a Malay who has yet been given any legal authority somewhat being treated like a persona non grata, by so many HRH Rulers within the shortest span of time.

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