TTF: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is 94 going 95 and knows that his time on earth is limited.
The last thing he has on his mind right now is to entrust the nation with Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, a man who betrayed him big time late in the nineties by threatening to reveal his crimes and those committed by his children.
Back then, if you were to have asked Mahathir, he would tell you that talks of there being a rift between him and his deputy were all hearsay, that his intent had always been to hand over the premiership of the nation to Anwar.
Anwar himself would say the exact same thing.
As a matter of fact, he’d add that Mahathir placed the utmost confidence in him and tell you that he was appreciative about it.
Yet, it was only a matter of days from the last time he said such a thing that Mahathir stripped him of his titles, charged him with sodomy and corruption before throwing him into jail to rot.
Today, the same Mahathir has fresh evidence of acts “against the order of nature” that Anwar committed in Indonesia and on home ground, evidence that can earn the PKR president serious jail time.
That evidence comes atop documentary proof of Anwar’s role in concealing from Parliament and the authorities the true extent of losses suffered by Bank Negara in the nineties through speculative trading via the Forex market.
Mahathir is also aware of the two failed “no-confidence vote” schemes Anwar plotted separately with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and a DAP Member of Parliament (MP) to trigger his (Mahathir’s) ouster from government.
As we speak, Mahathir has his men sniffing all around Anwar’s territory like bloodhounds and is only awaiting the right moment to pound on his ‘heir apparent’.
If everything else fails, he will throw Anwar back into prison on grounds that the royal pardon granted to him was unconstitutional as it failed to conform with provisions under Article 42 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
SEREMBAN: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim expressed his appreciation on the confidence placed on him by Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
In a special interview published by the New Straits Times today , Dr Mahathir had described the Port Dickson Member of Parliament as a better choice to replace Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman had remarked that Najib was a worst leader. To have Anwar replace him was far more acceptable than to have Najib carry on as the Prime Minister.
The Langkawi Member of Parliament had said that despite what he and Anwar had remarked about each other in the past, he admitted that working together with Anwar was far more important than letting Najib continue as Prime Minister, which he said would be disastrous for the country.
When asked to comment on the matter, Anwar said he had read the interview and was grateful on the confidence showed by Dr Mahathir on him.
“I really appreciate it,” he said.
On Dr Mahathir’s comment that Najib was the worst leader, Anwar said he echoed a similar sentiment.
“Based on the loss and the way Najib handles his family and personal interests, I think Dr Mahathir’s review is accurate,” he said when met after a meet-with-the-voters session at Kampung Sega Tengah here, today.
Also present was PH’s candidate, Dr S Streram.