Something fishy about Anwar’s GST statement

Anwar has made it clear he wants nothing to do with Mahathir’s cabinet and will only help run the country when he becomes Prime Minister. Source (pic): TTF Files

In a recent session in New York, Mahathir refused to name Anwar as his successor and spoke only of “a candidate,” meaning, he intends to resign only after getting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to dissolve parliament.

If the dissolution happens before the 17th of July 2023 – which is precisely when PH’s full five year term expires – Mahathir would technically have “resigned before his full term is up” and abided by his own terms.

Anwar is fully aware of this.

He has made it clear he wants nothing to do with Mahathir’s cabinet and will only help run the country when he becomes Prime Minister.

So why now stick his oars in the country’s affairs? Why worry about the GST when he declined repeated requests by Malay-Muslim groups to replace Lim Guan Eng as Minister of Finance?


SUBANG JAYA: Right after being released from Sungai Buloh prison, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim told reporters that he was not in a hurry to assume a federal position as he needed to “rest.”

The notion was shared by his wife, Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who told newsmen days after Pakatan Harapan took control of government that Anwar needed space to ensure that the power transition from Barisan Nasional to the present government could be implemented smoothly and peacefully.

More than 500 days have lapsed.


On the 30th of August 2019, a seemingly agitated Anwar told a press conference that he never offered himself to be a member of the Federal Cabinet and would take over the premiership when the time was right.

Asked to elaborate, he claimed that under terms of an agreement, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would be Prime Minister and Wan Azizah, his deputy, until it was time for him (Anwar) to take over.

Put differently, it was Anwar saying “I still need my rest and will only participate in government when I am Prime Minister, even if it takes three years.”

To recap, three years is the latest estimate given by Mahathir when asked when he planned to retire and hand over the reins of government to his successor.

In a panel session in New York, Mahathir refused to name Anwar as his successor and spoke only of “a candidate,” meaning, he intends to resign only after getting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to dissolve parliament.

If the dissolution happens before the 17th of July 2023 – which is precisely when PH’s full five year term expires – Mahathir would technically have “resigned before his full term is up” and abided by his own terms.

Anwar is fully aware of this.

He has made it clear he wants nothing to do with Mahathir’s cabinet and will only help run the country when he becomes Prime Minister.

So why now stick his oars in the country’s affairs?

Why worry about the GST when he declined repeated requests by Malay-Muslim groups to replace Lim Guan Eng as Minister of Finance?

Many Muslims got disillusioned with Guan Eng following the Tabung Haji episode and accused him of robbing Malay-Muslim assets.

They wanted Anwar to replace him as the PKR president is well versed in matters of financing given the years he spent as Minister of Finance.

But Anwar declined, saying he needed to rest. He made it clear that he was willing to wait three years to become Prime Minister.

So why is he not resting? Why is he suddenly so interested in the country’s economy, and why is he making statements on Guan Eng’s behalf?

Smell the fish curry cooking yet?

To be continued…

THE THIRD FORCE


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