There is only one way Azmin can keep his job and ensure that he survives. And that would be to take over as the PKR President, which means Anwar needs to be ousted. To create the impression Mahathir is a real and serious threat to Umno, he must first gain control of Pakatan Harapan and become its Top Dog. And that means he, too, needs to get rid of Anwar. So it is in the common interest of both Mahathir and Azmin that Anwar goes because Mahathir needs the leadership of Pakatan Harapan while Azmin needs the leadership of PKR.
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s resignation from Umno on 29th February 2016 was with one objective in mind. It was meant to send Umno into a panic, like what happened when he did the same thing in May 2008. However, to create the impression he is a real and serious threat to Umno, he must first gain control of Pakatan Harapan and become its Top Dog. And that means he needs to get rid of Anwar Ibrahim, Pakatan’s Harapan’s de facto leader.
Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali is surviving on borrowed time. He was never DAP’s or PKR’s choice of Menteri Besar. In fact, he was not even PAS’s choice of Menteri Besar. He is DYMM the Sultan of Selangor’s choice of Menteri Besar and it was the PAS President, Abdul Hadi Awang, who submitted Azmin’s name for DYMM’s consideration and subsequent approval. So Azmin knows that in the next few months, just as soon as the next general election is over, he is going to lose his job.
There is only one way Azmin can keep his job and ensure that his political career survives. And that would be to take over as the PKR President. And that means Anwar needs to be ousted because as long as he is still Pakatan Harapan’s de facto leader and his wife, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PKR’s President, Azmin’s days are numbered.
So it is in the interest of both Mahathir and Azmin that Anwar goes. Mahathir needs the leadership of Pakatan Harapan while Azmin needs the leadership of PKR. Mahathir told Azmin that his future lies in taking over the PKR presidency. Azmin has more support in the party than PKR President Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. So, if he makes his move, the majority in the party will support him. If Azmin does nothing he will not be the Selangor Menteri Besar after the next general election because he was never Pakatan’s choice in the first place.
Getting Azmin to make his move on Wan Azizah is crucial became that effectively kills off the entire family, Anwar and Nurul Izzah included. To Mahathir, however, that is not the end game. That is just part of the game plan. The end game is for him and Mukhriz to return to Umno.
Mahathir needs to give the appearance he is in control of Pakatan Harapan and is dangerous enough to hurt Umno and Barisan Nasional in the next general election. Then he becomes a serious threat to Umno and Barisan Nasional and the best way to eliminate this threat is by bringing him back to Umno.
Mahathir knows there is only one road to Putrajaya. And that is through Umno. Pakatan Harapan is not the road to Putrajaya. It is a dead-end road. So, if Boboi is ever going to be Prime Minister, he must first be brought back into Umno. But it cannot be back in Umno as a mere member. It must be back in Umno as Deputy Prime Minister II. And in the party election after the general election he must win an Umno Vice President’s post with the help of Najib.