“Why the obsession if he isn’t a ‘threat’?”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
For the past three or four days, speculation has been rife that something is cooking on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s side of the isle, even though Shahbuddin Husin’s claim of a “129 MP majority” involving Pakatan Harapan has unanimously been ‘voted’ “a complete lie.”
On my side, the claim remains – Mahathir has gained command of a “comfortable majority,” which, in my books, is “anything above 118 seats.”
But that’s just for now.
Why he isn’t doing anything about it has something to do with an upcoming event and the risk of last minute maneuvers should the names of the Members of Parliament involved be made public too soon.
Besides, it isn’t something I am at liberty to discuss. And even if I were at liberty to discuss it, I won’t, as I have nothing to show for it.
There is also the fact that the support base in favour of Mahathir may change, as not only is nothing black and white in politics, anything can happen in just 24 hours.
Anyway, that’s beside the point.
The point is, everyone who is anyone from the ruling coalition insists that the the “numbers game” – which, if you remember, is what brought Perikatan Nasional into power in the first place – is hogwash.
If that is the case, why bother? Why is everyone running around the mulberry bush like a bunch of demented monkeys high on Viagra if Mahathir isn’t a threat?
Every other day, every other leader from the ruling coalition seems to be coming up with statement after statement, promising heaven and earth that “Mahathir is history.”
Yesterday, UMNO supreme council member Datuk Mohd Razlan Rafii took to media, explaining why he felt “the shift in Bersatu’s support base towards Mahathir” was no guarantee that the former premier would return.
Today, we had Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Aziz telling Malaysians that they made a big mistake depending too much on Mahathir.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak chipped in too.
Earlier today, the former premier accused Mahathir of lying by not revealing that the reason he cannot challenge his ‘expulsion’ from PPBM has to do with a law he himself brought into effect.
I’m not here to support or challenge the legitimacy of any of these claims. I’m simply here to say, if Mahathir is truly “history” as PAS and UMNO so vehemently claim, why the obsession?
The biggest irony is the fact that Razlan, who insists that Mahathir may not necessarily return, admitted what I have been saying all along – that there has been a shift in PPBM’s support base.
Seriously, the whole affair is turning into one helluva big, political circus.