TTF: Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail speaks the truth (see news item below).
Right after the 14th general election (GE14) concluded, Sultan Muhammad V did offer her the post of Prime Minister on the basis that she was president of PKR, the party whose symbol was used by all PH component party members who stood for elections.
As a matter of fact, it was she who insisted that the Agong appoint Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister by relaying to the ruler that a promise had been made to the people.
It is said that the Agong was extremely hesitant at first but conceded once she made it clear that she would not accept the post.
But what Wan Azizah did not reveal was the reservations she and her husband, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, began to have over Mahathir’s sincerity.
Not long after the election, the duo discovered that the Palace and the prisons department did not require Anwar to sign certain documents that a person receiving a full royal pardon would otherwise have needed to sign because Mahathir insisted that the documentation process be skipped.
Mahathir deliberately bypassed protocols associated with the prisons department and went against terms of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia to keep the prison doors ‘open’ for Anwar.
Once he gets UMNO and Barisan Nasional destroyed, he plans to send Anwar back to jail on the pretext that the royal pardon was “against protocol and tenets of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.”
Mahathir would then use several new sodomy cases Anwar has since gotten himself involved in as justification to revise the latter’s pardon by expressing regret that his onetime deputy “has gone back to his old ways and refuses to change.”
This was planned even before the 14th general election.
What Wan Azizah has yet to discover, however, is that Mahathir has some files on her and may use them to trigger investigations once her husband is sent back to prison.
Why he plans to do that is something I am about to expose in the coming few hours…
JAKARTA: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail admits that she was offered the post of Prime Minister after Pakatan Harapan won the 14th General Election (GE14) on May 9.
Sharing the information for the first time with some 200 members of Malaysian diaspora here today, Dr Wan Azizah said the offer came from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V as she was the president of PKR, the party which symbol was used by all PH component party members in the GE14.
“However, I had to turn down the offer because we made a promise (to the people) that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would become Prime Minister and I, the Deputy Prime Minister,” she said during the event at the Malaysian Embassy here tonight.
While admitting that PH was also surprised when it managed to put an end to Barisan Nasional’s (BN) 61-year rule of the country, Dr Wan Azizah also said that she was grateful that the GE14 was successfully carried out in a very democratic and peaceful manner.
Dr Wan Azizah said even though several promises in the PH manifesto for the GE14 had yet to be fulfilled, she really hoped that all Malaysians would be patient before the government could really implement the desired changes.
To a question on whether the government would evaluate the performance of its ministers and replace those who failed to perform well, she said it was too early to make such evaluation as it had just been five months since the Pakatan government took over administration of the country.
“Give us some time because we are still in the learning curve,” she said.
She pointed out that only a handful of the Pakatan ministers had vast experience in administering the country, namely Dr Mahathir and Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, while Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali had experience in state administration.
Dr Wan Azizah also mentioned the proud moment when she became the first woman to chair a Cabinet meeting when Dr Mahathir was abroad.
Dr Wan Azizah is on a day visit to Indonesia, which is her first after being appointed as Deputy Prime Minister on May 21.
Source: The Star Online