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Dr Mahathir - The crooks, kleptocrats, the OKTs and the generally corrupt are not welcome By KADIR JASIN

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The Interim Prime Minister Back to the Grindstone


A Kadir Jasin
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
PREAMBLEViews expressed herein are entirely mine. I am writing in my personal capacity as a blogger. It has nothing to do with whatever position I may hold.
Business as usual, no time to waste
AFTER two day of hiatus, during which he was transformed from the Prime Minister into ex-Prime Minister and finally as Interim Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is back to the grindstone.
First thing this morning, he received an unplanned visit by leaders of his party, Bersatu, at his private residence in Sungai Besi.
They had come to plead with him to withdraw his decision, yesterday, to resign as chairman of the party.
He submitted his resignation because he felt that majority of members of the party’s leadership council (Majlis Pimpinan Tertinggi) “listened more to his Political Secretary than him”.
He was referring to the heated debate at the council’s meeting on Sunday during which the future of Bersatu in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) was discussed.
At that meeting, he explained the wide mandate the PH Presidential Council had given him at the meeting of February 21.
He appealed to MPT members not to force him to abandon his principle and renege on his promise (to hand over power to Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim after the November APEC Summit).
By the look of things, he is not treating their appeal as an urgent matter.
It should be so. There are many more urgent matters that require his attention.
These include managing the economy, steadying the capital market, continuing with the proposed economic stimulus package, consulting with top civil servants and meeting leaders of the main political parties.
The last bit of the agenda will help him understand more clearly the extent of support most of them had expressed for him and, from there, to plot the next move.
For instant, are they supporting him because they genuinely want him to continue to lead the country or because they don’t want their adversaries to win popular support to become Prime Minister?
If the support is genuine and there’s no other contender, he can start forming a new government.
National Unity
Many people are now talking about a national unity government that cuts across the political divide and may even include outsiders.
I remember the days and weeks after the 1969 General Elections (GE) and the riots that followed when national unity governments were formed in many states.
This was expanded to the national level, leading to the formation of the Barisan Nasional (BN) in 1973.
Whatever form of government Dr Mahathir decides on, one thing is sure. The crooks, kleptocrats, the OKTs and the generally corrupt are not welcome. This he made clear to his party at the Sunday meeting.
The rule of law, the high-profile trials and the reform agenda will continue.
Finally, the current state of affair is a test of our reasonableness as a people and the resilience of our political system.
Who would imagine that one day we would be ruled by a 94-year-old Interim Prime Minister with the blessing of a wise King and the civil servants?
It’s happening now.   
Wallahuaklam. Thank you.
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