With that backdrop over the last 16 years since 2002 why would Mahathir want to allow Dr Wan Azizah to become the Deputy Prime Minister? Mahathir worked very hard these last 16 years to try to push Mukhriz up the Umno ladder so that he can become Malaysia’s Prime Minister by 2020, which is two years from now. It was an 18-year plan that started in 2002 and by today Mukhriz was supposed to be the Deputy Prime Minister if he is going to be Prime Minister by 2020.
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin
When you judge a person, you need to take into consideration that person’s entire track record and not just that person’s conduct at one point of his or her life. And what that person says is not as important as his or her motives. And that person’s motives will be reflected by what he or she does. And according to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s inner circle, you have to look at what Mahathir does and not what he says.
Mahathirism is basically the politics of deceit, the politics of the end justifying the means, the politics of sacrificing others as pawns in the game of thrones, and the politics of using whatever needs to be used to win, fair means or foul. And Mahathir’s game-plan these last 16 years is to make his son, Mukhriz, Malaysia’s Prime Minister.
Yes, since 2002 Mahathir had only one thing in mind, which is to make Mukhriz the Prime Minister. And what he has been doing over these 16 years was with only that one thing in mind. And Mahathir spent 16 months negotiating this deal with Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi before handing over power on 1st November 2003. Abdullah would ensure that Mukhriz will start his rise up the Umno ladder as soon as Mahathir hands him power on 1st November 2003.
However, in 2004, it was Abdullah’s son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin, who rose up the Umno Youth ladder. Mukhriz did not make it and Mahathir blamed Abdullah for this. In June 2006, Mahathir launched his attack on Abdullah. The story Mahathir gave was that Abdullah had sold out to Singapore and that Khairy plus his ‘Fourth Floor’ team were agents of Singapore.
The truth is Abdullah failed to help Mukhriz win the Umno Youth deputy post in 2004 and instead Khairy won. And for that Abdullah had to go. The Singapore agent story was merely a camouflage story because surely Mahathir cannot admit that his anger with Abdullah was due to Mukhriz failing to win the Umno Youth deputy’s post and instead Khairy won.
That was 14 to 16 years ago and even back then it was all about Mukhriz. And it is still about Mukhriz today.
In 2009, Najib Tun Razak took over as Prime Minister and it was now Najib’s job to deliver what Abdullah failed to deliver, the Umno Youth leadership to Mukhriz. But, again, Khairy won and Mukhriz lost. Mukhriz will have to wait until 2013 for the next party election before he can make another bid.