TTF: Read and understand the statement made today by former Umno MP Tawfik Ismail in the news item below.
Understand why the back and forth between Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim is “reminiscent to the days when Anwar was ousted from the government.”
After reading the statement, you will appreciate the fact that a war between Mahathir and Anwar has already begun and is soon to blow to proportions you never thought possible.
What Tawfik himself may not be aware, however, is that a war is also brewing between certain PPBM leaders and Mahathir apart from the one brewing between Kit Siang himself and the Prime Minister.
Minutes ago, I wrote (in red):
It has been brought to my attention that Lim Kit Siang convened a high-level meeting earlier today with several DAP leaders, including Lim Guan Eng and Anthony Loke, to discuss Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s premiership and how it may be jeopardising Pakatan’s chances of retaining government.
Mahathir is anticipated to call for the dissolution of Parliament by or before the 31st of May 2020.
The Prime Minister has committed to stage mass arrests by or before November this year to incarcerate Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Dato’ Lokman Adam and myself, among others.
A well-placed source from Mahathir’s camp has presented me with irrefutable evidence suggesting that I will be charged with sedition on five counts.
Lokman, on the other hand, will be charged with illegal assembly and “threatening peace and harmony.”
Mahathir is of the opinion that I am a rebel capable of triggering a revolution owing to my associations with certain American nationals.
He has given strict instructions that the charges against me be made non-bailable so as to keep me behind bars until the 2020 general election.
He has notified a certain intelligence officer that “its better to be safe than to be sorry,” meaning, I have been classified as a threat to his administration.
I am not sure if Kit Siang is aware of all this.
I am, however, sure that the DAP stalwart has regrets about making Mahathir Prime Minister and wants him out as soon as possible.
If indeed I’m arrested, to Mahathir, I have this to say:
“Make damned sure I die in the lockup. Get your guys to kill me.
“If I survive and am released prior to the 2020 election, I swear to start a revolution no being in Malaysia has ever witnessed before.
“I will cripple your administration in the spirit of truth and justice if it’s the last thing I ever do.”
If, however, I’m not arrested, we’ll play it by the books in the spirit of democracy and let the best man win the 2020 election.
The ball, as they say, is now in your court.
KUALA LUMPUR: A former Umno MP today said he is experiencing “déjà vu” in the current political landscape and the banter between government and party leaders.
Referring to statements made by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Tawfik Ismail said the current back and forth were reminiscent to the days when Anwar was ousted from the government.
“Listening to what is said and what is denied, it’s almost like listening to what Anwar and Mahathir said many, many years ago.
“I support you, you support me, and next day you know one is killed,” he said, referring to Anwar’s sacking by Dr Mahathir in 1998.
The former Simpang Renggam MP also questioned how Dr Mahathir accepted the consensus by the Pakatan Harapan government to name Anwar as the prime minister-in-waiting.
“The young people need to realise that he’s probably got a few more years left,” he said at the launch of the book, Anatomy of an Electoral Tsunami, at the Royal Selangor Club in Bukit Kiara this morning.
“But he’s (Dr Mahathir’s) successor now named by the Pakatan council as Anwar, can he live with it – literally, can he live with it?,” Tawfik said.
He said succession planning was not one Dr Mahathir’s forte, adding the younger generation should take what Dr Mahathir says with a pinch of salt.
“He has left a lot in the past which the young have not been able to recall, so they need to look back in the history of what he did.
“A lot of the problems that became an issue in 2018 were all carryovers from his time,” claimed Tawfik.
Tawfik added those hand picked by Dr Mahathir to succeed him as prime minister as his successors previously had not lived up to his expectations.
“Succession planning is not Mahathir’s greatest trade because everyone he named as a successor failed or got kicked out.
“Musa, Ghafar, Anwar, and then Pak Lah, and then Najib. Now he’s trying to come back, but he’s got no friends left; he’s 93, all his friends have died,” said Tawfik.
He was referring to Tun Musa Hitam who was deputy prime minister from 1981 to 1986; Tun Abdul Ghafar Baba, the deputy prime minister from 1986 to 1993, and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who was prime minister for a brief period from 2003 to 2009.
Source: Yahoo! News