Harapan meltdown – What did Mahathir know and when did he know it? - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Me : The Commander has explained very succinctly the dirty tricks of Mamakthir. That's his signature. Accept that, no need to bury you head in the sand, he ain't no Saint nor God's gift to Malaysia but a terrible curse. 😭😭😭
Malaysiakini : “There are people in every time and every land who want
to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the
present and invoke the security of a comfortable past which, in fact,
never existed.” – Robert F Kennedy
| From having, a transition date shoved down your throat to having the
person who wants to replace you “pleading” for you to stay on is a
miraculous turn of events.
Interim Prime Minister Dr
Mahathir Mohamad now has to deal with the fact that Umno and PAS have
withdrawn their support and are demanding snap elections. Bersatu can't be trusted and DAP, PKR and Amanah are
supporting Mahathir, which basically means the Malay über alles crowd is
going to town with this if there is a snap election.
Jasin – a pro-tem member of the media council – says that Mahathir
pleaded with Bersatu people to “not to force him to abandon his
principle and renege on his promise (to hand over power to Anwar Ibrahim
after the November Apec Summit)”. Which is really strange,
because if Mahathir’s principle was to hand over the keys of the kingdom
to Anwar, then why is his party, in which his son is a vice-president,
think that reneging on Anwar is something that would find favour with
the chairperson of Bersatu? Surely they would know how important
principles are to the old maverick, right? Prime
minister in perpetual waiting Anwar Ibrahim said he begged the old
maverick not to resign and was reassured that Mahathir was not behind
these moves to create a new government.
Your belief in this statement depends on whether you believe that
Mahathir has done everything to reassure the Harapan base that he wants
Anwar to be prime minister and to stick to the reform agenda. Political operatives say the most incredulous things, especially when they have no supporting arguments.
questioned about whether he was aware of Najib Abdul Razak's corruption
when he campaigned for Najib, Mahathir said: “No, I wasn’t. I get
reports about corruption all the time. When I ask them, please give me
some evidence, nobody can give me any evidence. All they can say is 'we
heard', 'these are rumours' and all that.” This was after it became apparent that Najib was not going to toe the line when it came to what the old maverick wanted.
we seriously to believe that Azmin’s treacherous actions happened in a
vacuum? When it was apparent to everyone that the Anwar/Azmin feud was
causing incredible damage to Harapan? PKR communications director Fahmi
Fadzil said this when he dismissed the idea that there were two camps
in PKR. "That is something portrayed by the media. I understand
that there could be a perception of such, but the reality is, there are
no camps. What we have now is Parti Keadilan Rakyat that is strong and
united," Fahmi said. Yeah, how is that working out for Harapan?
partisans are supposed to believe that while Azmin Ali was making his
plans, the prime minister of this country was in the dark, or worse, not
telling anyone about it? Was the prime minister, whose party
comprises the old warhorses of the previous regimes who have engaged in
the kind of political chicanery that Azmin is mimicking, also in the
dark and were manipulated by Azmin Ali, a political operative dumb
enough to get embroiled in a sex tape scandal? That Mahathir’s top
lieutenants had no idea that a nemesis of Anwar was planning to take a
shot at his leader?
Never mind the fact that Azmin (above) was a known supporter of Mahathir – "thank God it’s over " – and whose lieutenants have found favour in the Mahathir regime. Your
main cheerleader in a party that your successor leads is plotting to
bring down the government and you don’t know about it or even suspect?
Nobody close to the prime minister and now, leaking to the press the
narrative that Mahathir did not know anything, was unaware of the plot
by Azmin to cause this meltdown?
Remember what Rais Yatim said
during the lead up to the transition talks: “By saying November 2020
seems not good enough to other PH prefects. Something may happen before
November. The prefects may not know what hit them then. There're other
powers and factors at work.” I think Rais should have added – just
for plausible deniability – that “even our president does not know
about these factors and powers”.
Go back to what Tengku Razaliegh
Hamzah said when dismissing the chance of the opposition gaining power,
especially the part of how the state security apparatus is used for
political purposes: “(Bagaimanapun) jangan memandang rendah kepada
kerajaan kerana mereka ada kuasa, ada televisyen, radio, duit dan media.
Mereka juga ada alat-alat risikan dan sebagainya. Media dia lebih tahu
pada kita. Dia tahu kita belum tahu lagi. Sama ada dengan kekuasaan itu,
parti yang berkuasa akan kalah saya tidak tahu.” (Don't
look down on the government. They have control over television, radio,
money and the media. They also have espionage and spying equipment. They
know the media better than us. They know that we don't know yet.
However, with the power they have, I am not sure if the party in control
Is it plausible that nobody told the old maverick
that treachery was afoot? The state security apparatus – which has been
implicated in the disappearance of Pastor Koh, which the old maverick
dismiss as hearsay – the sycophants within PKR, the assortment of
business interests funding Azmin Ali, the various cretins who slither
around Harapan aligned to Tun, the media people who are in actuality
emissaries from the old maverick, and various political operatives in
Harapan who always seek his favour: none of these people informed the
prime minister or knew what Azmin was planning?
Add to the list
political operatives from the DAP and Amanah who apparently knew nothing
of Azmin’s plot, bureaucrats who apparently serve the deep state but at
the same time support Mahathir – go figure – staff of the royal
households who act as the eyes and ears for the political apparatus,
retired servicemen aligned with Mahathir and Bersatu, none of these
people alerted the old maverick of a plot to destabilise Harapan or knew
anything about Azmin’s treachery?
Are we to believe that Azmin
was operating so stealthily that nobody knew of his moves, even those
who were quick to jump on the bandwagon? Are we are supposed to
believe that Bersatu, which at the first opportunity left Harapan and
hooked up with other Malay power structures, did all of this on the
whispering of Azmin Ali?
Muhkriz Mahathir (above),
who is the vice-president of Bersatu and who was shafted by the Najib
regime, took the words of Azmin Ali as gospel without consulting his
father, the president of the party? Mahathir resigns from
Bersatu, but in a blink of an eye the party rejects his resignation.
Does anyone seriously think that Mahathir’s son will remain in a party
which his father had disavowed? Does this make sense? Bersatu leaves
Harapan but pledges support for Mahathir?
I have heard of
plausible deniability but this is ridiculous. All these moves made in
support of Mahathir and he does not know anything about it? I get that
you could be ignorant of moves made against you or be in denial – but to
claim ignorance for moves which make you the big cheese of a new
coalition, a Malay majority coalition which you always claimed was what
made Umno strong, that’s a different story.
If Mahathir from day
one had said that he backed Anwar instead of his qualified statements,
do you think all this would have happened? How could Azmin, a political
operative who had to rely on the state to bail him out from a sex
scandal, suddenly become the mastermind of the fall of Harapan?
could argue that Mahathir did not know anything about it at all, which
would make him the most oblivious prime minister this country ever had
and aided by the most inept political operatives, not to mention the
intelligence apparatus. Now, the fascist elements are realigning
and Harapan may have to go into battle with a coalition that any
right-thinking person would not trust.