The last words of a Tan Sri very close to Tun Dr Mahathir, meaning really close, after that morning breakfast in KLCC two years ago to correct the wrongful RM42 billion lesap figure of 1MDB is still fresh in the mind.
"You watch out Azmin."It was not long before that someone close to Mahathir, or it could be even Mahathir himself said, "Mukhriz is a weak leader".
So, as we see it, the current claim Mahathir is trying to place Mukhriz is just a political game.
"Boboi" is only doing a face saving after losing the Kedah MB post. And off course, fillial son helping and defending the father.
His indifference to the Kedah MB post is indicative he is only interested to remain politely aloof and maintain his lifestyle to ensure his Ericson fiber optic supply monopoly remain.
Unless the 92 year old person one see as Mahathir is not Mahathir, then it is unlikely he could be Prime Minister again.
It is all a red herring.
Red herring are herring, which turned red when smoked.
It is a figure of speech to mean "something intended to divert attention from the real problem or matter at hand; a misleading clue".
For that matter, Anwar too was doing a red herring with his statement from inside through his lawyers.
How could Anwar response from prison, if he had not given a set of statements for his lawyers to release at their discretion as it suits the situation.
So it is all Wayang Tinggi Production Sdn Bhd to divert attention from the intended person.
The real Mahathir said already he is not running and not interested for the position:
This is to show he really said so. And he did say:
Why suddenly the discussion on next PM?
One can assume that he never intended to keep his words. Possibly true from U Turn Mahathir. As we see it, they are partly under pressure to name a PM since removing Dato Najib is their only crying call.
It all started from Mahathir's reaction to the Reformasi pressure at the recent PKR Convention:
Its just him telling, "You can't push me to do something I do not want".
But he did sign the Bebas Anwar petition which he willingly do so because it is meaningless. The demand for Anwar's pardon is a long way to go and has yet to start.
The only way feasible to get a pardon is for Mahathir to return as PM and abuse his powers as he did before that it scare the shit of the royals.
Then could he secure the pardon from Agong. Not today he can.
If he actually did return as PM, he could ask the pardon board to consider. But they will decide on their own reasons.
Then will the pious Agong pardon a sodomite to enable him to be PM?
Nah ... unlikely to happen.
The incident at the convention sparked a debate and exchanges between PKR and PPBM supporters on whether Anwar can get a pardon.
Basically, Mahathir knows Anwar cannot be PM and he made it known that he did not want Anwar. Remember this points as we move on.
Suddenly Rafizi forced the issue on next PM with another of his long string of questionable allegations and findings:
And Mahathir played along, Anyway he need to save face after losing the Proton debate. He knows public is not in his favour on Proton, thus is still at it yesterday.
Mahathir was just made PH Chairman and immediately announced there will be a unified logo for PH. He wanted to either show who's the boss or still boss people around, even those who once hated him. It is his second nature:
As he pretended to repent for his past (without fessing up the real sin):
... he said:
It serves to re-invigorate the PPBM supporters suffering a setback with 1,000 PPBM Perak members quitting the party.
More could be leaving. Thus, their plan to get Muhyiddin people in UMNO to jump over to PPBM could fail.
Reporters being nosy made him say below:
It is only natural for Anwar's response albeit a bit of over acting.
So do PAN:
It is only politics.
Such political statement will only invite expected political responses towards Mahathir:
A good one from PM:
And some should just butt out from politics and stick to what they should be doing best:
Off course, some could not resist poking fun at Anwar and Muhyiddin.
Naturally, the opposition need be colored in a certain manner:
For those hopeful on a Mahathir return, ponder this
It is unthinkable that a 92 year old can still stand on a podium to speak for 45 minute to 1 hour day in, day out. Makes no sense that he could still be driving cars, riding a bicycle or horse as even 80 year old usully have trouble walking.
Sometimes it is suspicious why he could not pray inside Masjid Negara on Friday as he use to as PM, but only outside the Masjid and along the corridor.
Refraining from claiming him as a hantu praying. It is disrespectful. Could the person walking as Mahathir not be the Mahathir we remembered was PM for 22 years and greatest building contractor of the nation?
The reality is no 92 year old can withstand the pressure of the position. So it begs the question:
Naturally, this is politics. I use you and you use me. Still ...
When you go around telling the people you need to rid of Najib the GST, then you must have a person to offer as replacement. No two way about it.
Thus far, Wan Azizah has been tossed as the interim PM by Anwar and Reformasi diehards in PKR with the wishful thinking it will eventually be Anwar. That will not be an acceptable solution.
More so after she failed miserably to articulate intelligently and evading all the questions posed in the interview with BBC Hardtalk:
... she is neither material for MB Selangor nor remotely for PM. One cannot take such chances.
There is also possibility of DAP as candidate for PM.
But Mahathir have been knocking into Lim Kit Siang head and he uttered it out that this is a Malay majority country. So he accepted the reality that PM must be Malay till our politics is more matured and issue based than wayang base.
Smart move by DAP. They even not nominate anyone on the council of PH. It is one up over MCA who seem to want to get the acknowledgement of Chinese as though Chinese really want to be PM.
Maybe one day but it is dumb politics to say so now.
Kit Siang could be reminded of his PAP ways. It is not PM or President post that matters. Singapore use to have and currently having a Malay President. The power is with who has the most kerusi.
More kerusi means more seats in state exco and cabinet. Can put another Nizar but it is Ngeh and Nga that calls the shot!
For all likelihood, DAP will win the highest number of seats among opposition.
To some ex-UMNO now reciting DAP is good as a PPBM member or pentaksub (which we know inside they do not meant so), they are only in-denial that DAP will not control PH government.
Pentaksub think they are smart because they support a brilliant politician. But he is escapism to these uneducated and leadless career people. With Malay in Semenanjung split between at least 5 political parties, will DAP not be dominant and likely to dominate PH?
Through all this, did anyone notice Azmin is not in the fray?
He seemed insulated from all the various happenings and avoiding controversies. They do attacked him but he will not comment on anything that will put him in a spotlight ... a negative spotlight.
When Rafizi and Zuraidah was exchanging barbs on car import AP, Azmin just kept quiet. He has been importing cars with AP from government for MPs.
In the midst of the exchanges between Adam Rusly, the charged-for-AMLA AMK leader for Ampang and popularly believed is Zuraidah Kamaruddin's proxy and runner, Nurul Izzah openly said to ignore Adam. She is indirectly telling Azmin too.
One possible reason Azmin is Mahathir's next bad habit of selecting next Prime Minister is simply because he has the political ability Mahathir looked for. Furthermore, Azmin is practically family since Pak Ali family is an extended family to the Mahathirs:
As revealed by RPK of a private meeting between Azmin and Mahathir in London back in 2015, the excuse told to avoid suspicion is that it is family gathering and they meet to discuss concern on the future of Melayu.
What was not told is berapa Melayu? Azmin and Mahathir claim to be Melayu.
Though there is family link to Mahathir, it was Anwar that courted the ambitous Azwin when he was studying at the University of Wisconsin.
He was already so ambitous that he manouvred to push the elected President of the Malaysian Student Association (who happen to be our friend) and he moved up. As President, he has locus standi to visit Washington and New York to meet visiting Malaysian diplomats, Ministers and officials regularly.
Shamsidar was pursuing him but he had the hearts for a girl name Siti (fullname witheld) studying at Syracuse University.
When he returned back to Malaysia, Anwar was ready to DPM. Azmin joined Mahathir's office and then moved to Anwar's office. The rest is history:
People tend to look at the politics of the times thus they forgot about old ties:
The source is not just Ummi Hafilda but also extended members of Pak Ali, Hulu Klang family.
In politics, there is no permanent enemy and permanent friends. Personal relations and family ties carry a long way. Past bitterness can be mended.
Of all the person, Mahathir need someone in power that is willing to listen to him and protect his legacy, interest and wealth. Mukhriz being a boboi, Mahathir has no one but Azmin.
That is why he is willing to kneel to Anwar, the man he imprisoned for sodomy I for trying to topple him. He needed Azmin and to do so, he need to get Anwar blessing. Without the blessing, it is a tough battle for Azmin to dislodge Wan Azizah.
After the visits, the animosity between Wan Azizah and Azmin noticeably subsided. Anwar still call the shot from prison.
PKR, DAP and PAN still playing game as though they want Wan Azizah. But all agree to keep Azmin under lid.
At one time, DAP never wanted Azmin. They preferred Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim in Selangor. Suddenly things changed when it is heard PAS was preference of Sultan to replace Khalid.
They did try to control him. But he managed to manouvre to keep them at bay.
Mahathir is worried that Kit Siang is only putting up an act. When he has power, he could return back to his decades old promises and demands on Mahathir. Thus Mahathir believed in Azmin as he was able to handle DAP in Selangor and balance it with PAS and istana.
But Azmin has skeletons and enemies. It might not be so simple.
* Updated and edited: 11:15 AM 7/6/2017