Is Mahathir the interim PM or Wan Azizah the interim DPM?

Pakatan Harapan is telling us that Mahathir is its interim Prime Minister and Wan Azizah its Deputy Prime Minister if the coalition wins GE14. Mahathir’s track record does not prove that is going to be the case. What is going to happen is it will be Wan Azizah who will be the interim Deputy Prime Minister while Mahathir will stay on as Malaysia’s Seventh Prime Minister. And it will be Mukhriz and not Anwar who will be Malaysia’s Eighth Prime Minister.

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Raja Petra Kamarudin

And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. (2 Corinthians 11:14-15)

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. (Kevin Spacey in the movie The Usual Suspects).

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On Sunday, 7th January 2018, Pakatan Harapan announced Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its Prime Minister designate and Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as its Deputy Prime Minister designate if the coalition wins the next general election or GE14. However, Mahathir is only going to be an interim Prime Minister.

Pakatan Harapan’s secretary-general, Saifuddin Abdullah, said the agreement the four parties within the coalition reached was that Mahathir must give way to Anwar Ibrahim to take over once the new government obtains a royal pardon for him.

Even if Anwar is freed on 11th June 2018, which would be after the general election, he would be barred from contesting the elections for a period of five years, which means until after GE15. That would make it impossible for him to become the Prime Minister until after June 2023. So they need to get DYMM Yang di-Pertuan Agong to grant Anwar a pardon as soon as Pakatan Harapan forms the new federal government.

So Mahathir will be sworn in as the interim Prime Minister once the results are in on Polling Day and it is confirmed that Pakatan Harapan has won more than 112 parliament seats. The next day they will submit an application to the Pardons Board (see Article 42 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia below) to get a pardon for Anwar. Once the pardon is granted, one of the PKR Members of Parliament will resign so that a by-election can be held. Anwar would then contest this by-election and if he wins the seat Mahathir will resign as the Seventh Prime Minister so that Anwar can get sworn in and take over the the Eighth Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Very clean. Very smooth. And very clear. Or so we are being led to believe. But then, as Kevin Spacey said, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” And Mahathir’s track record has proven that he is the master of deception that would put even the devil to shame.

Someone who used to be in Mahathir’s team of ‘Boffin Boys’ during the Team A/Team B days of the late 1980s once said, “With bomoh, you do not listen to what he says but ‘listen’ to what he does.” Bomoh was the codename Mahathir’s inner circle used for him and what they meant was Mahathir may say one thing but that is mere deception. What he does in the end is what counts, not what he says.

From then on we knew how to decipher Mahathir’s cryptic messages. Anwar, however, did not, which was why on 31st August 1998 he failed to ‘smell’ that he merely had hours left to live while the rest of us were already preparing his kain kafan.

So, Pakatan Harapan is telling us that Mahathir is its interim Prime Minister and Wan Azizah its Deputy Prime Minister if the coalition wins GE14. Mahathir’s track record does not prove that is going to be the case. What is going to happen is it will be Wan Azizah who will be the interim Deputy Prime Minister while Mahathir will stay on as Malaysia’s Seventh Prime Minister. And it will be Mukhriz and not Anwar who will be Malaysia’s Eighth Prime Minister.

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