“What Lim failed to recognise is the fact that Anwar has lost control of over ten PKR MPs who are now with Mahathir’s bloc, which happens also to command the support of nearly 35 MPs from PPBM and Team B (UMNO). Lim should take my cue as I was right when I previously said PPBM would leave Pakatan Harapan”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
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It’s confirmed – there wll be three blocs come GE15
The latest decision by DAP and AMANAH to “allow PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim the first opportunity to form government and become prime minister” has more or less sealed Anwar’s fate and spells doom for the DAP’s relationship with Mahathir.
Earlier today, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu said in the event Anwar fails to form government, a similar choice would be afforded to Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Shafie Apdal.
However, Mahathir has made it clear in more ways than one that he is not willing to work side by side with Anwar and will only recognise Shafie as Prime Minister designate.
Previously, I wrote:
On the 29th of June 2020, Mahathir announced that Shafie’s name had been floated as Prime Minister candidate during an informal meeting attended by him, the DAP and AMANAH four days earlier.
The disclosure was met with a queer response from PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who took to Facebook, warning his audience that there were leaders who resorted to deceptive politics.
Anwar is believed to have been referring to Mahathir.
The DAP and AMANAH subsequently convened a meeting with Anwar on the 6th of July 2020 and agreed to his candidature as Prime Minister.
This ultimately led to an announcement by Mahathir that he and five other Members of Parliament aligned to him would conform to an independent bloc and would not join any coalition.
In a joint statement together with said MPs, Mahathir added that they would stand by a decision made in June to nominate Shafie as Prime Minister.
Not only did the announcement mean Mahathir had rubbished Anwar’s claim to the title, it meant he was more than willing to enter the 15th general election without the DAP, AMANAH or Anwar by his side.
The news has since earned Mahathir the favour of many Perikatan Nasional Members of Parliament and leaders who have quietly been in communication with his team and expressed their desire to be in his bloc.
The support comes atop that which Team Mahathir has already mustered from Team B (UMNO) and Borneo (apart from WARISAN).
So you see, it is nonsensical that Lim should ‘announce’ the DAP and AMANAH’s support for Anwar all over again since he had already done so on the 6th of July 2020.
It was due to this previous announcement that Mahathir formalised what he had foreseen all along, i.e., the need for there to be a “Third Force” bloc.
Mahathir’s announcement effectively put an end to the so-called “PH Plus” alliance, meaning, whatever decision made by Pakatan Harapan thereafter was of no concern to him and therefore need not have been made public as it was an “internal PH affair.”
Notwithstanding, Anwar has since pushed the panic button and is in damage control mode, telling the media all sorts of lies to deliver the impression that he is relevant, in control and desperately needed by Mahathir.
Yesterday, he claimed that the only reason he was in discussions with Mahathir over candidature for the Slim by-election was due to the need to prevent vote-splitting.
However, since Mahathir plans only to field an “independent candidate,” there should be no problems as tradition has it that an independent candidate “seldom fares well” in Malaysian elections.
So why the need for discussions?
Here itself, you can see how fearful Anwar is of Mahathir’s bloc and recognises it as a force to be reckoned with.
As it is, the minute Mahathir announced the bloc’s formation, support began pouring in from all over, particularly from Borneo and Team B (UMNO), and not to mention, PPBM Members of Parliament.
The support came atop that which Mahathir had already amassed from PPBM, Team B and Borneo without having to do a thing.
What is most interesting about the whole affair is the support Mahathir gained from nearly 10 PKR Members of Parliament who have since become disillusioned with Anwar and prefer the elder statesman to lead the way.
This is shocking, as PKR was initially set up to oppose Mahathir and his brand of politics which came to be known as “Mahathirism” back in the eighties and the nineties.
So what Lim Guan Eng claimed isn’t true and may have been a last ditch attempt to “mend ties” between Mahathir and Anwar before the DAP finally comes to terms with reality and gives in.
According to Lim, the DAP disagrees that any change could happen without the participation of PKR’s 38 MPs.
However, what Lim failed to realise is the fact that Anwar has lost control of over ten of those MPs who are now with Mahathir’s bloc, which happens also to command the support of nearly 35 MPs from PPBM and Team B (UMNO).
And the number keeps increasing.