“The PPBM group realises that when the 15th general election draws near, the party will either have to bow down to UMNO’s whims or risk being booted out from Perikatan Nasional altogether”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
انور برهارڤ داڤت ماسوق ڤرجنجين دڠن محي الدين
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is a picture of optimism and hope. However, that optimism and hope may well be the mallet that will sound the death knell for everyone in Pakatan Harapan.
Back when Pakatan Harapan was in power, not a week went by without Anwar iterating and reiterating his ‘rightful’ designation as “Prime Minister in waiting,” claiming that he was willing to give Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad “all the time he needed” despite there being a “transition agreement.”
Today, he’s beating the same old drum, insisting day-in-day-out that he is chairman of Pakatan Harapan.
“I want to inform you that by PH’s decision, I am now PH chairman and opposition leader.
“Although there were efforts by others to challenge the position, this was the consensus reached in PH,” he said.
I’ve repeatedly cautioned Pakatan Harapan that should Anwar remain as chairman, the coaltion is destined for a watery grave as even PKR seems embroiled with issues Anwar just doesn’t seem to be able to control.
There have been mass sackings, suspensions and resignations within the party in recent days and a police report lodged by a PKR youth leader from Anwar’s very own parliamentary constituency, Port Dickson (below).
All this points to one thing – Anwar is not favoured by many of his own people and is even disrespected to a considerable extent.
On the 6th of May 2020, national wanita deputy chief Dr Daroyah Alwi took to media, grumbling that the recent spate of mass sackings and suspensions was unfortunate and irrational.
On the same day, PKR was served with resignation notices from two wanita leaders, namely, national Wanita vice head Voon Shiak Ni and Sarawak Wanita Chief Nurhanim Mokshe.
As for PKR Members of Parliament, almost half of those who stayed back (hereinafter referred to as “the PKR group”) when Datuk Seri Azmin Ali deserted the party with ten others aren’t exactly inclined towards Anwar either.
They simply tolerate him, as the idea of rubbing shoulders with UMNO en bloc, seeing how a cartel of power-crazed leaders within the party are simply waiting to usurp federal power, was too much to for them to bear.
As far as they’re concerned, if the cartel is in the picture, it’s no-go. And since Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is willing to work with one or two members of the cartel, to them, he’s damaged goods.
So everything now boils down to just two people – Anwar and Mahathir.
The PKR group knows as well as I do that a significant number of PPBM Members of Parliament (hereinafter referred to as “the PPBM group”), disgruntled with Muhyiddin, are already in communication with camp Mahathir.
The PPBM group realises that when the 15th general election draws near, the party will either have to bow down to UMNO’s whims or risk being booted out from Perikatan Nasional altogether.
In the case of the former, Muhyiddin’s voter base won’t be too happy. In the case of the latter, Muhyiddin’s voter base won’t be too happy either.
On the 11th of May 2020, I wrote:
Either way, Muhyiddin’s supporters will see him as the reason PPBM went from being “a potential replacement for UMNO” to “ashes in the wind.”
Under the circumstances, Muhyiddin’s votes will translate into team Mahathir’s votes and therefore, votes for Pakatan Harapan.
And let’s not forget voters from UMNO that once ditched the party due to its arrogance. They will be pissed at the party’s cartel for sabotaging Muhyiddin and Perikatan Nasional. This will translate into ‘revenge votes’, as some may go back to Mahathir just to vent their frustrations.
Remember, they did it before, and they can do it again.
In other words, all Mahathir needs to do now is sit back with arms folded and do nothing, because one way or the other, he won.
As for splitting the anti-PH votes, the DAP is quiet because it knows three things:
- PPBM is going to be a victim of UMNO’s power play, which will see a fraction of voters that returned to UMNO, returning back to Mahathir just to vent frustrations.
- Some UMNO voters will be pissed at the party for sabotaging Muhyiddin and Perikatan National and may not come out to vote at all, delivering an edge for Pakatan Harapan.
- There will be sympathy votes for Mahathir once it becomes clear that PPBM made a big mistake rubbing shoulders with a cartel in UMNO.
When the time comes, the PKR group will see this. When that happens, denying Mahathir chairmanship of Pakatan Harapan in hopes that the coalition will return to power would be akin to “feeding a cow strawberry in hopes that the cow will produce strawberry milkshake.”
Obviously, Anwar knows that he is going to have to let go of the position sooner or later.
It follows, the only logical reason he keeps insisting that he is chairman of Pakatan Harapan is his hope that Muhyiddin will ‘somehow’ be grateful to him for ‘sabotaging’ the coalition and will work out a deal with PAS so that the Islamic party will agree to accommodate PKR within Perikatan Nasional.
And from what I’ve been made to understand from some very well placed individuals, this is precisely what Anwar is hoping will happen.
But you and I know that this will never happen, which explains why Anwar isn’t exactly that intelligent and gets overexcited, overemotional and overconfident (Tripple O) whenever he nears the finishing line.
And it is this ‘Tripple O’ that will ultimately drown everyone in Pakatan Harapan and seal Anwar’s political fate once and for all.
To be continued…