A retreat to cool heads off without the ‘hottest head’ present

On Friday, at the launch of the retreat, Mahathir stole Anwar’s thunder by delivering a keynote address on Anwar’s own turf. Source (pic): TTF Files

Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali’s second no-show at the second day of PKR’s retreat smacks straight in the face of Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who went from “I have the numbers” to “(Tun Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad) really loves the country.”

The no-show was Azmin’s way of telling Anwar that he sees no reason to be involved in an event led by someone who no longer controls the party.

Mahathir’s attendance on Friday proved just that – if indeed Anwar had control, we would have seen fireworks instead of the unholy spectacle in which Anwar was seen licking Mahathir’s boots as if God had descended from Heaven to offer blessings.

Azmin’s no-show was also a big blow in a sense that the retreat, meant to cool heads off, was missing a key leader whose head needed cooling the most.


AMPANG: Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali’s second no-show at the second day of PKR’s retreat smacks straight in the face of Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who went from “I have the numbers” to “(Tun Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad) really loves the country.”

On Friday, at the launch of the retreat, Mahathir stole Anwar’s thunder by delivering a keynote address on Anwar’s turf.




Despite rumours that the Prime Minister’s days were numbered, the address went smoothly and even witnessed key Anwarists applauding at Mahathir with sheer admiration.

It was the beginning of the end of Anwar Ibrahim, to put it bluntly.

For months, the PKR president and his wife, Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, kept harping on the existence of a succession agreement as if the people were hard of hearing and needed to be reminded daily.

The duo kept expressing confidence in Mahathir and insisted that the latter was serious about handing over power to Anwar.

Mahathir himself admitted that he was serious but made it known in one hundred and one flavours that he’d only do the handing over when he was ready.

“I’ll do it my way,” the message rang.

Initially, the response was met with positive gesture by Anwar. Later, however, that gesture graduated into insistent pressure as the PKR president began gloating about the so-called majority support he commanded in parliament.

It was an outright challenge to Mahathir, with pro-Anwar groups piling on to that pressure with calls for the Prime Minister lay out an exit plan.

Yesterday, TTF posted:

When Mahathir suddenly showed up at the retreat and received a warm reception, a message was delivered. The message was, “Anwar, you don’t have the numbers, so it’s clear who’s in control.” But it wasn’t until Mahathir told the retreat to “be wary of opportunists” that the real warning was issued. And the warning is, “Anwar, I have a job to do, so back off.”

“One more move from you and I’ll finish you off.”

Like I said, Anwar miscalculated his command in PKR when hinting that Azmin should resign. He thought he could frighten pro-Azmin MPs to his side before staging a coup to oust Mahathir. But the plan backfired. Not only were the majority of PKR MPs pissed, they accused Anwar of being “ungrateful” and were no longer convinced that he would honour his promises to them once he became Prime Minister.

READ: RJ Rithaudeen: Two MP’s close to Anwar told me they’re ashamed of him

As a result, Azmin ended up becoming the biggest winner despite having starred in a sex video featured even by a world-famous lewd site. Not only does he practically ‘own’ PKR, he didn’t need to waste time attending the retreat as doing so would only mean Mahathir’s warning was also intended for him. By staying away, the message to Anwar was crystal clear. As a matter of fact, it was a show of power by team Mahathir-Azmin and a signal to the rakyat that “Anwar’s days in Malaysian politics is over.”

Azmin’s no show yesterday was a message to Anwar that he sees no reason to be involved in an event led by someone who no longer controls the party.

Mahathir’s attendance on Friday proved just that – if indeed Anwar had control, we would have seen fireworks instead of the unholy spectacle in which Anwar was seen licking Mahathir’s boots as if God had descended from Heaven to offer blessings.

Azmin’s no show was also a big blow in a sense that the retreat, meant to cool heads, was missing a key leader whose head needed cooling the most.

The Malay Mail Online wrote:

PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali took to Twitter earlier acknowledging his party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s statement, in which the latter said he was pleased with police findings on the sex video series implicating Azmin.

Azmin who is a no-show at his party leaders retreat here today at the Lexis Hibiscus resort, also did not turn up for the programme which kick-started yesterday.

“After going through the full statement of YB @anwaribrahim this afternoon, I take note of his stand, accepting the investigation findings which was announced by the IGP, that I was not involved in the video which became a defamatory material.

“I also take note of the resolution that stern action will be taken against leaders and party members who are involved in spreading the video. This is in line with my firm stand from the start, that gutter politics within the party must be fought till the end,” the Economic Affairs Minister tweeted.

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