Given the things that Mahathir has done in the past and even now, I guess that is a silly question to ask but ask I will. Can Tun manage DSAI? The only thing holding Mahathir back from “managing” DSAI is the promise, undertaking, agreement…call it what you will…the undertaking that he made to make Anwar PM in order to get Anwar to support his bid to rid our nation of Najib and Umno. You can call that a quid pro quo…..
“Quid pro quo is a Latin phrase used in English to mean an exchange of goods or services, in which one transfer is contingent upon the other; “a favor for a favor”. Phrases with similar meanings include: “give and take”, “tit for tat”, “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours”, and “one hand washes the other”
And for Mahatir, deep within him, he knows that if he did not make Anwar PM, he has not kept his side of the bargain. And yet deep down inside him, he knows he should not make Anwar PM because he knows what sort of a PM Anwar will be. Maybe I did not say that right…let me rephrase that. Mahathir knows what Anwar has done in the past. He knows what Anwar has done since he was released from Sungai Buloh and got his pardon to enabled him to get back into politics. And so do many of us. Knowing all this, we together with Tun Mahathir, do not want Anwar as PM.
What happens now? I can speculate and make an educated guess that Anwar will not be PM. That possibility increases by the day with or without the “assist” of Tun Dr Mahathir. Anwar is a train wreck waiting to happen. Left to his own devices and by the things he does, he has managed to antagonize many Malaysians. From the comments of those of you who read what I write, a vast majority of you guys do not want Anwar to be PM. There are also a vocal few who want Anwar to be PM. Whatever happens, one way or another, this is a divisive issue that will impact on the nation as a whole. Not good if PH wants to remain in government after the next general election.
We all have our opinion on this matter but since this is my blog, I get to write down my views on this matter and you guys get to send in your comments on what I write, later. When his back is against the wall, Anwar makes whatever compromise he has to make to find an immediate solution to what he sees as the perceived problems at that point in time. We have seen this when he started the Reformasi movement as his “Get out of Jail” ticket when Mahathir sacked him as DPM and kicked him out of Umno. Then in 2008, Anwar insisted that he was in a position to form the Federal Government and it will be done no later than Malaysia Day on Sept 16. In Melaka two weeks ago, he worked out something with Azmin at the last minute, so that Azmin and his faction will attend the PKR General Assembly. In all these instances at trying to find a way out of his problems, Anwar failed. And now he is again in another political battle to be PM – against his old nemesis. What is his battle plan?
He chose PD to make his comeback. Why PD? Why not take over Azizah’s seat? And what deal was made with the incumbent in PD to make way for Anwar? From then on, it has been downhill for Anwar in everything he does while witing to be PM. By the next general election what will be left of PKR would indeed be interesting to behold. Meantime we will see an increasingly isolated Anwar Ibrahim trying to rally his “troops” while leading them into the Valley of Death!
Already a realignment of political factions and loyalties are being worked out to reflect the realities of a future without Anwar Ibrahim and Tun Mahathir after the next general election. All that is left for us to see is how much of the new order coming in after Anwar and Tun will have any trappings of these two as they both bow gracefully or otherwise, out of politics in Bolehland.