BY SALLEH SAID KERUAK
Today, according to The Star’s report, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad confirmed what many have been saying for some time. Muhyiddin Yassin, and not Anwar Ibrahim, is going to be the Prime Minister if the opposition wins the next general election.
Mahathir has finally laid to rest the crucial question of who he has in mind to take over from Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in the event the Prime Minister is ousted or Barisan Nasional is kicked out, which is Mahathir’s main objective for forming his new party, PPBM.
This appears like Mahathir is trying to deflect talk that he wants his son, Mukhriz, to be the next Prime Minister. So by naming Muhyiddin as the next Prime Minister he is suggesting that his son is not taking over.
But that does mean Mukhriz cannot be appointed the Deputy Prime Minister while Muhyiddin becomes just a temporary Prime Minister.
Mahathir also confirmed what he announced in Petaling Jaya back in 2008, which is the new Prime Minister must be ‘guided’ by a committee of elders and not be allowed a free hand or too much independence in running the country.
Mahathir said today that even though Muhyiddin is going to be the Prime Minister and the party President, PPBM also has a Chairman. So the Prime Minister must consult the Chairman, meaning Mahathir, before making any decisions. The Prime Minister must not make any decisions by himself.
Mahathir even suggested that the party Chairman must be above the Cabinet since Cabinet members would be ‘obliged’ to the Prime Minister.
In short, the Prime Minister is not independent and comes under the party Chairman who overrides the Cabinet the way Chairman Mao ran China for 31 years.
- This was first published in sskeruak.blogspot.com