If Dr M says his “relationship with Anwar is good,” it’s not good

TTF: If Mahathir says tolls will be abolished, they will never be abolished.

If he tells you that the price of petrol  will be fixed at such and such a value, you can bet your last dollar that the price will never be what he told you it would be.

If he says the US called him to tell him that Equanimity belonged to Malaysia, you can rest assured that the US never called him to tell him anything, let alone Equanimity or the ownership of the vessel (which I have proven, read here)

So if Mahathir tells you that his relationship with Anwar is good, there is absolutely no question that his relationship with the soon-to-be-PKR-president is on the rocks. 

Mahathir is a master psychologist.

He knows that in politics, a rumour with the potential of jeopardising one’s plans or schemes must be put to rest at all cost.

He applied that principle weeks before he sacked Anwar in September 1998.

Back then, when reporters asked if the two of them were having problems, he would simply say, “My relationship with Anwar is good.”

But not only did he end up sacking his (then) deputy, he manipulated judges and fixed trials to ensure that Anwar would remain in jail and not be a threat to him.

That, in essence, is what Dr Mahathir Mohamad is all about.

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said that it has been agreed upon that incoming PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be his successor.

“It is already agreed that, Datuk Seri Anwar is to be my successor.

“My relationship with Anwar is ‘as good as can be’,” Dr Mahathir said at a press conference after chairing the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (Bersatu) supreme council meeting at Yayasan Selangor, here, today.

The Bersatu chairman said this when asked to decribe his relationship with Anwar, now that the latter is planning to contest in the Port Dickson parliamentary by-election after the seat’s incumbent Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah announced his resignation.

On Wednesday, Anwar said he had already informed Dr Mahathir of the move to contest in Port Dickson.

Anwar said the decision, which forms part of the process to facilitate his return to Parliament and later, his transition to the role of the country’s eighth prime minister, was relayed to Dr Mahathir via a telephone conversation.

The former deputy prime minister said he also voiced his full support for Dr Mahathir in helming the country.

Dr Mahathir confirmed that Anwar called him from Hong Kong, to inform on plans to contest in the Port Dickson by-election.

“Yes her called me from Hong Kong, informed me on the by-election (Port Dickson). That is his right,” Dr Mahathir said.

Dr Mahathir also said he told Anwar that he usually would not go down to the ground for by-election campaigns, but affirmed he would endorse Anwar’s nomination for Port Dickson.

On Anwar being given a government post should he win, Dr Mahathir said this was not an issue as PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail had already informed that Anwar would not be seeking any position in the government.

Source: NST Online