TTF: Mahathir is going to meet Anwar (see news item below). But before we get into that, let us attempt to put some things into proper perspective. To kick things off, let us look at the possibility of Pakatan Harapan ever making it to Putrajaya.
Now, everyone knows that the DAP led coalition will never be able to form government even if it had 100% Chinese support. The party failed to do so in 2013 despite PAS being its ally back then. In short, Pakatan Rakyat could not get the Malays to support it en masse no matter how hard it tried.
Lim Kit Siang knew this, as did Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and even Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim. They knew that no matter what they did, they could never march into Putrajaya without the majority of Malays supporting them. And that is why Anwar made it clear that the DAP and PAS needed to sort things out before the next general election.
However, when Dato’ Seri Abdul Hadi Awang refused to endorse Wan Azizah’s candidacy for the post of Selangor Menteri Besar, Anwar felt the pinch. He decided to do nothing when Kit Siang tore the PAS president into pieces in public spheres. The bitter episode left a sour taste in Hadi’s mouth and made him decide that it was time to work with UMNO to unite the Malays.
Then, when Lim Guan Eng dismantled Pakatan Rakyat all by himself, the Malays began to turn against the DAP seeing how the the Chinese chauvinist party mistreated PAS. By the time Anwar realised his folly and attempted to mend fences with Hadi, it was too late – there already was a general consensus among the Malays that both Guan Eng and Kit Siang were anti-Islam.
And that brings me to my point – if Pakatan could not win the general election back when the Malays were split, how does it expect to win GE14 with the Malays being more united than ever? How can Pakatan Harapan expect to do better in GE14 when the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections proved that even the Chinese were moving away from the DAP?
Not only is Kit Siang aware of all this, it is the very reason he agreed to work with Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Back in December 2015 when the two met, Mahathir made known a plan to establish a new party and a Third Force. The meeting prompted a decision by Guan Eng to declare Pakatan Rakyat dead. The DAP Secretary General figured that he had nothing to lose, as Pakatan Rakyat stood a cat in hells chance of getting to Putrajaya.
But what happened?
The party that Mahathir formed, PPBM, faced internal issues that both Guan Eng and Kit Siang did not anticipate. The duo was under the impression that the former premier could get his act together the way he did back when he was Prime Minister. But that’s just the thing – he no longer was the Prime Minister. The many warring factions within PPBM had no legitimate reason to fear him.
Gradually, it dawned upon Kit Siang that the division within PPBM was only driving the Malays closer and closer towards UMNO and PAS. Despite claims that the Islamic party was getting weaker, the Fastaqim 2.0 that PAS organised in October registered a 250,00 turnout, the biggest ever in the party’s history. The PPBM-led anti-kleptocracy rally, on the other hand, struggled very hard to amass a miserly 3,000 to 4,000 people.
Now, that really blew a big hole in Mahathir’s ego, considering that Najib himself made it into the Malaysia Book of Records by doing the impossible – bringing together 21,380 Permatang Pauh folk for lunch at the Politeknik Seberang Perai! Now this is Permatang Pauh folk we’re talking about, the very people who were once all too willing to die for Anwar. Prior to his imprisonment, the de facto PKR chief could not even amass a crowd of 400 people when he delivered a speech at Guar Perahu, so imagine now!
See what’s happening?
Mahathir’s mere presence in Pakatan has destroyed all hopes of the coalition ever marching into Putrajaya. Not only is Kit Siang aware of this, so is Anwar, who knows that GE14 will be “the day Najib destroys Pakatan.” The jailed leader also knows that Kit Siang is simply tagging along with Mahathir because it is too late to turn back.
But never mind that.
Anwar is aware that Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali is working with Mahathir behind his back to sabotage Wan Azizah. Considering that he does not believe Pakatan will win, there is absolutely no reason for him not to frame Mahathir just before the general election by declaring that the former premier has plans to return to UMNO. Under the circumstances, should Pakatan lose, everyone will blame Mahathir for it.
And that is what the meeting (see news item below, assuming true) is all about. Mahathir discovered Anwar’s plan and is going to offer the jailed leader a guarantee that the Pardons Board will get him out of prison. The reason I say this is simple – Wan Azizah is already in possession of a signed guarantee by Mahathir as we speak.
This is no lie.
KUALA LUMPUR: Three days after being named Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for prime minister, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will visit jailed PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Dr Mahathir will visit Anwar tomorrow at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital where his one-time deputy is currently recuperating after suffering an injury in November, according to a media invitation sent to the media earlier this evening.
It is not known what the meeting will be about, though speculation is rife that it could be to smoothen things with Anwar, considering Dr Mahathir has come in for criticism from PKR members who objected to his being chosen as Pakatan prime ministerial candidate.
Selangor PKR had earlier objected to the decision at Sunday’s Pakatan Harapan convention to name Dr Mahathir as candidate for prime minister should the opposition pact win the coming general election, while PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin had insisted that he only be appointed “senior minister”.
Earlier today, Negri Sembilan PKR leaders followed the example of their Selangor counterparts, saying they favoured party deputy president and Selangor menteri besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
Pakatan Harapan leaders have also been criticised for choosing their once sworn political enemy as prime ministerial candidate.
Source: NST Online