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I Am Not Power Crazy - Has Dr M Taken a Step Too Far? AN UNFOLDING DRAMA (Sarawak Report)

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Both are talented men, neither of them bad. However, the transition created an intolerable instability that put pressure on them both and those around them, ever eager to fear the worst in terms of treachery and betrayal. The past didn’t help.

All this the seasoned politicians of the opposition understood quite well as did ambitious souls within the ranks of Pakatan Harapan (the coalition Mahathir led with a minority party on the understanding the majority party leader, Anwar, would ultimately take over).

Fear on the one hand and incitement on the other meant neither man could entirely trust the other – far from it. Mahathir, not called the ‘sly old fox’ of Malaysian politics for nothing, played his hand in the way he clearly reckoned it worked best – power to be concentrated at the top.

However, as a minority leader, that took some doing. For the last two years he has flirted with brazen rebels in Anwar’s own party, frustrating the newly re-installed leader from being able to restore discipline in PKR after years in jail. That helped the prime minister keep the whip hand but undermined his agreed successor.

Mahathir also failed to damp down rampant rumours of alleged flirtations with the opposition parties both drenched in corrupt practice, all in the name of Malay unity. Again this undermined his chief allies from progressive parties and his designated successor, creating fear and suspicion all around him.

UMNO, PAS and the PKR rebel Azmin Ali saw their opportunity to wreak havoc with such material and worked at it for months, building allegiances, spreading rumours and waiting for their moment. What none of these entities could afford, after all, was a smooth transition to Anwar, who would carry on with the prosecutions over 1MDB and other scandals … and deny Azmin his own ambition to become PM.

Nonetheless, despite the tensions, the coalition was managing to last.  Anwar even stomached the continuing indignity of being forced to allow the old man to handle the entire transition purely on his own terms – the dictatorial instincts of a former strongman proving never too far from the surface.

What was more important, both men understood, was stability against the threat of the return of a deeply corrupted government that had brought the country to its knees, so they held together and Anwar agreed to wait patiently for Mahathir’s ‘right moment’.

The opportunists realised therefore they had to move, especially as their manoeuvrings were becoming more plain site to the public every day and the fig leaves had slowly fallen from Azmin’s strategy of playing an ‘arch-loyalist betrayed’. UMNO leaders were reaching the closures of their trials.

The attempted coup went into action over the weekend – a strategy of smoke and mirrors mixed with betrayal that it was hoped would succeed in breaking the patience and self-restraint that had held the PH coalition together and give the opportunists their chance to disrupt, snatch power … and even better engineer an election with the reformists shown to be in disarray, unable to govern.

Azmin had ten PKR groupies who came out in the end and there were players in Bersatu as well, who persuaded Mahathir’s mid-sized party (packed with UMNO ex-pats) to drive a re-alignment that would put UMNO, PAS and Azmin in control.

Yet, they had miscalculated because the old man balked. Yes, he might have listened and allowed the plotters their audiences and let them fawn, but he was not prepared to put the country back in the hands of criminals he had exited retirement to bring to book. Maybe he had hoped to bring more of UMNO into Bersatu, but he was not willing to put himself into the power of men like Najib, Zahid and Hishammuddin – self-interest as well as national interest prevailed and the coup had flopped by Monday afternoon.

As the nation reeled with a combination of shock and relief to see the old prime minister emerge from the palace having rescinded his threatened resignation issued at the height of the crisis a new dynamic now emerged.

Mahathir was once again cast the saviour of the nation. UMNO, PAS and Azmin, thoroughly rumbled, were now proclaiming they had only sought to support the old man against his ‘impatient’ allies and despite immense strains PKR, DAP and Amanah had remained loyal also.

The trigger behind the coup, which had been the accusation that Anwar was planning to himself seize power on Monday during an audience with the King had been shown to be untrue.

The opportunity had arisen to emerge spectacularly strengthened from the coup. The cartoon image was now of  ‘Dr M’ – a Super-Grand Old Man, rising phoenix style from the ashes of resignation. It appears this may have been appealing to the strongman side of a prime minister who had ruled with an iron fist for 20 years and has been presently frustrated, trapped in a new era of minority party rule.

Has he now gone too far?

Today it emerged that as Mahathir set about rebuilding his newly patched up Harapan coalition government he had shocked his long-suffering allies with an unpalatable plan. The new coalition, of which his party Bersatu was no longer a part, would not form the basis of his government he explained to enquiring fellow party leaders (and indeed also to the palace).

This would no longer be a government based on party allegiances, but on personal allegiances to him. It would be a National Unity Government, glued only by the widespread support he had obtained as all sides begged him to return after throwing in the towel. All roads would lead to him only, a 95 year old man who had agreed originally that he would step down in two years after GE14 (i.e. in May).

Worse, Mahathir was listening to the protestations still coming in from UMNO and PAS that they were only seeking to be loyal to himself. He indicated some of the worthier souls from these parties might well be appointed by himself into the Unity Government. This was not palatable to the democrat parties who had supported his winning coalition in 2018 for reasons that are obvious.

Tuesday’s developments had thus returned Malaysia back to crisis, although for many hours most of the population were blissfully unaware of this fact as they waited for the appointment of a restored PH 2.0 cabinet.

The remaining PH parties, commanding some 92 seats (20 short of the majority needed to command parliament) conferred aghast as the hours ticked by.

Then, the UMNO/PAS alliance made their second worst mistake in recent years (following their decision to pretend they weren’t already secret allies pre-2018). Angered that Mahathir was drawing the line against certain of their more toxic leaders joining his Unity Government (people like Najib) the two parties pulled out.

It was announced that the brief intoxication of PAS and UMNO for Mahathir was over, they are now utterly opposed to him once more.

By yesterday evening Mahathir found himself no longer the darling of all sides, therefore. He had to fall back on the support of the same old players from the PH parties plus the East Malaysian phalanx.

Crucially, he no longer had the ‘Malay unity’ option to flirt with.  Had the ‘Old Fox’ finally been boxed? If so, it was his own doing, since without PAS and UMNO he had still always had the numbers to restore stable government to Malaysia through his own party allies and wider political support in East Malaysia.

It was at this point that patience seems to have finally snapped within PH – a development not unrelated, surely, to the pragmatic realisation that the Super-Grand Old Man had just painted himself into a bit of a corner.

The King had been in his counting house for two days by then and it was clear that the majority of MPs were in support of Anwar as the next PM (in such times clearly two can play at the defection game). Therefore, last night the PH leaders made their move in declaring their support for Anwar to become prime minister of a minority government.

The intention, sources have assured Sarawak Report, was to encourage the prime minister to return in good harmony to the pre-coup situation of last Friday. He would be asked by Anwar to remain as prime minister till November if necessary, as had been agreed, but in return to respect his commitments and his party allies and work in a collegiate fashion  towards the change.

Anwar, went to the palace to discuss such matters with the King and to express his intention, whilst confirming his position as the man who has the numbers now to take control. Anwar then travelled to attempt to reach a deal with Mahathir – one that would defer to a man respected by all Malaysia but stop short of a one-man-party government.

However, at 4.45 Mahathir pre-empted. He appeared on national television to say that he was not prepared to do deals and that he would continue to manage the government on his own in the name of stability.

The headlines were predictable ‘”I am not power-crazy” says Mahathir’, went one. The problem is that this is exactly how it can be made to look and, much as the country admires their leader, a one man government under the total control of a 95 year old is no lasting recipe for stability.

Pakatan Harapan has predictably responded by nominating their own candidate Anwar for prime minister – no longer a deal, no longer a negotiation and no longer so harmonious?

Talks are still on-going it would appear.

http://www.sarawakreport.org/2020/02/i-am-not-power-crazy-has-dr-m-taken-a-step-too-far-an-unfolding-drama/

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EngineeringProfit ....the kingmaker os us SARAWAKIANS
26/02/2020 9:34 PM
EngineeringProfit Although LGBTs are condemned by Abrahamic branches of religiosity
26/02/2020 9:35 PM
EngineeringProfit But it's biological...

...hence natural than unnatural
26/02/2020 9:35 PM
EngineeringProfit Proto-encyclopaedia scriptures had failed to take look into genetic and hormonal factors....

......not known to protoscientific thinkers, philosophers and writers
26/02/2020 9:36 PM
EngineeringProfit Genetic....long suspected and theorized....

.....but its knowledge and description were vague and inaccurate in all proto-encyclopaedia compilations
26/02/2020 9:39 PM
EngineeringProfit .....so are the insights about hormones and psychology
26/02/2020 9:40 PM
EngineeringProfit YB Yeo says Pakatan went with Anwar as ‘Mahathir government’ would give Dr M carte blanche......

.......glad that young ppl like her can think better than many much older than her
26/02/2020 9:42 PM
EngineeringProfit ......easily lead Msia to first world in the shortest time....

if chosen to be PM
26/02/2020 9:43 PM
DickyMe2 " I am not POWER CRAZY" yet talks about leading a unity government without accountability. Please leave with your dignity intact.

You have reneged on your promises.
Many incidents indicates you are part of this problem from day one.

1. What happened to the hotel backside case? Why no charge?
2. Seafield incident - Where are the temple attackers and why no charge?
3. U-turns on many promises.
4. Blaming ministers for incompetence when it is obvious that you were scheming a plan, bidding time..perhaps for this moment.
5. Protecting wanted fugitives.
6. Quarelling and being sarcastic at international level under the pretext of freedom of speech

There are more which are not recolletable at the moment.
26/02/2020 9:53 PM
EngineeringProfit Forgetfulness....mudah lupa
26/02/2020 9:55 PM
moneypedia yah gah ilu manyiam gah...tala yg bayik gah...manusia suka cali yg tala bayik...yg bayik sula lupa gah aiyahh...manyiamm2
26/02/2020 10:01 PM
Sslee The honor thing for Tun Mahathir to do now is to sit down with DSAI and see what he can do to pressure PPBM back to support PH so that stability will be restored for State and Federal Government.
26/02/2020 10:02 PM
apolloang his intention is no wanna let DSAI become PM period cos melayoo tak mahu DSAI to become PM
26/02/2020 10:04 PM
i3lurker maybe he thinks he will live for another 22 years as interim PM

he is now in a dictator position

Agung must act fast

otherwise anything can happen
26/02/2020 10:24 PM
alina when you had truly got best friends even got 2 best friends, 2 of them will become an enemy even worse than normal enemy, that happen to mahathir & anwar.
27/02/2020 9:34 AM
EngineeringProfit Moral courage is the highest expression of humanity.....

.....hence everyone's greatest journey to undertake

AND EVERYONE MUST STOP PRETENDING TO BE A GURU IN THIS.....

....FOR THEY MUST BE HONEST ENOUGH TO ADMIT ITS INHERENT CHALLENGES
27/02/2020 9:36 AM
qqq33333333 got trust/ friendship...........miracles happen.........

no trust/ friendship, ..............enemies happy.......




too bad, I become a helpless pawn in all this...

only wished, there were more trust/ friendship....

and all the cynicism not helpful.
27/02/2020 9:40 AM
EngineeringProfit In history, we learned. There had been time we lost our kinship with the people of the southernmost point of South-east Asia......

.....in 1965

to the TOXIC, DIVISIVE AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE POLITICS OF RACE, HATRED AND RELIGIOSITY

But not this time! This time we must choose to do it differently
27/02/2020 9:42 AM
EngineeringProfit Here is one of the world greatest story: What Nelson Mandela learned in prison? (Will imprisonment make a better man?)

1. Universal spirituality he could trust to become his teacher: the extroverted man became not an introverted man, but an “interior” man, in that he came to terms with himself, his humanity and the humanity of his fellows, even of those who hated him. The spirit that was his soul imparted lessons that became a part of him, never to be erased, but firmly implanted in him.
27/02/2020 9:43 AM
alina at first, we can see azmin and his comrades, umno, pas want the positions in new government, then opps..cancel, changed their mind to dissolve dewan rakyat and want fresh election back. Because most of them got so many "extraordinary" cases through court. So, when fresh election, the cases might withdraw. So, main objective azmin's right now, want to prevent anwar's achieved the goal. Azmin and the gang is lalang right now.
27/02/2020 9:43 AM
EngineeringProfit Crook as crook does
27/02/2020 9:45 AM
EngineeringProfit In the face of these backdoor people, we say 'NO' to them
27/02/2020 9:45 AM
EngineeringProfit 2. In isolation and desolation times, his living conditions would improve and his health would be looked after; but he would still be physically imprisoned. Not for long would he be; people from beyond that prison window would take up his cause and fight for his release, despite the tremendous opposition from the people who possessed power, those who were not his own and those who refused to understand him or his purpose.
27/02/2020 9:46 AM
EngineeringProfit 3. Eventually, he would be released and eventually, he would become the president of his country and preside over a reconcilliation and reforms he desired, not just for his own people but for also for those who had the power and privilege and who denied it for so many years from people like him. He would become the fairest “player” on the world stage.
27/02/2020 9:47 AM
EngineeringProfit 4. Every time he looked out that window of Robben Island many, he recognized a simple yet universal truth that is applicable to all of us. whatever we are, whomever we are,and wherever we live. This truth he recounted in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom:

“No one is born hating another person because of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
27/02/2020 9:48 AM
EngineeringProfit Again " No one is born hating another person......"

......except when they got brainwashed into toxic delusion
27/02/2020 9:49 AM
EngineeringProfit .......when the leaders and gurus that they endear and entrust make slederous remarks with their poisonous tongue
27/02/2020 9:50 AM
EngineeringProfit ......when they miss to learn 'how to think critically on their own' in a misguiding school system
27/02/2020 9:51 AM
EngineeringProfit just simply bad education
27/02/2020 9:52 AM
EngineeringProfit ......which produces pakpandir who dares to challenge royal pardon
27/02/2020 9:52 AM
EngineeringProfit .....misfits who turn into university deans
27/02/2020 9:53 AM
EngineeringProfit lebaimalangs who craze for Jews-inspired automobile - by name, tech and history
27/02/2020 9:54 AM
EngineeringProfit 5. “I went on a long holiday for 27 years,” said he, of his prison years in South Africa.

The most important lesson Nelson Mandela learned in his long life was also his most important legacy: it was the one he learned by looking out of the window of his soul.


LOOK WITHIN AND YOU'LL FIND THE ANSWER- THE ONE AND ONLY SIMPLE YET UNIVERSAL TRUTH OF HUMANITY. SEEK OUTSIDE WE'LL NEVER FIND. SIMPLY BELIEVING AND WE'LL BE USED BY UNSCRUPULOUS, SELF-CENTRED AND SELF-SERVING POLITICIANS.
27/02/2020 9:55 AM
EngineeringProfit All in all, 2018 heroic Avengers-packed PH team must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.

A BETTER MALAYSIA : REFORM WE MUST


Let's 1Sarawakians do this:

Strong people stand up for themselves, but stronger people stand up for others

......and we are the strongest forever


......for we Sarawakins learn one important thing in our schools that those children in peninsular miss:

Humanity should be our race. Love should be our religion
27/02/2020 10:02 AM
qqq33333333 PH , PKR , DAP will all do badly in next GE................I think a random survey will confirm it................


Lim Kit Siang, DAP, Anwar, PKR.........these are urban elites living in their own dream world. They lost touch with large parts of the electorates. Now they will become opposition parties again...and let them talk all their theory as much as they want.....................but no power...what use all the talking theory for what?
27/02/2020 10:15 AM
EngineeringProfit Hope they learn a lesson and be humbly grateful after this
27/02/2020 10:19 AM
EngineeringProfit ......that their supporters still hve faith in them
27/02/2020 10:20 AM
EngineeringProfit ...still choose to believe in them
27/02/2020 10:20 AM
EngineeringProfit ....to accomplish their promises and focus on what are important to the people living in poverty
27/02/2020 10:22 AM
EngineeringProfit .....to reform education so that they can earn a living by lawful means
27/02/2020 10:23 AM
EngineeringProfit Any better summary that makes more sense for a lay person?
27/02/2020 10:27 AM
stockraider If TDN successful as PM in his new proposal unity govt....a dictator will be created without check & balance loh...!!
27/02/2020 10:44 AM
EngineeringProfit TOGETHER WE MUST STAND AGAINST THIS ONE......


WE STAND TOGETHER FOR....humanity should be our race. Love should be our religion. We stand neutral forever.

We do not need parasitic and toxic preachers to poison pur mindset...

....and try to brainwash us otherwise
27/02/2020 10:46 AM
Jonathan Keung Do we still pin our hopes on TDM ?
27/02/2020 10:54 AM
4444 How Tun will choose? Those interested how to apply?
27/02/2020 10:59 AM
laychee Now Agong has to choose between Mahathir and Anwar. Hope no dismissal of parliament or the country will be in a chaos.
27/02/2020 11:26 AM
Tan Sri Rick Walker Posted by laychee > Feb 27, 2020 11:26 AM | Report Abuse

Now Agong has to choose between Mahathir and Anwar. Hope no dismissal of parliament or the country will be in a chaos.

Answer : Polls were conducted! 70% want GE15! So i think rakyat are level headed! There won't be chaos on the ground! It's the political parasites who will be on the streets!
27/02/2020 11:28 AM
laychee Elections when there is an international crisis? This coronavirus is way more contagious than SARS although they are from the same family. There is also a chance that this virus has mutated.

The mutated Spanish flu killed many in the 1910s. The original one did not.
27/02/2020 11:31 AM
zul cakap ini macam bikin itu macam manusia memang selfish
27/02/2020 11:44 AM
EngineeringProfit Posted by Jonathan Keung > Feb 27, 2020 10:54 AM | Report Abuse

Do we still pin our hopes on TDM ?

____________

Banyak makan gula-gula rosak gigi
Backdoor polisi satu negara rugi
Harapkan pagar pagar makan padi
Harapkan tdm jatuh rm dan ekonomi
27/02/2020 12:40 PM


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