Sunday, July 9, 2017

No Objection to Anwar Ibrahim Becoming PM

Mahathir Mohamad had declared that Anwar Ibrahim – who was once his protégé but who fell out with the former – should be released from jail and allowed to contest parliamentary elections.

The Guardian reported on Thursday that Mahathir would have no objection to Anwar being made prime minister.

Mahathir had told the British newspaper that Anwar was the “victim of a political vendetta”. The latter is presently serving a five-year jail term for committing sodomy.

The former deputy prime minister, who was Mahathir’s heir apparent, was unceremoniously removed from the government and as UMNO deputy president in 1998. And then Mahathir sent him to prison on charges of sodomy and graft.

Anwar was released in 2004 before returning to prison in 2015 when a court upheld a five-year sentence on another sodomy charge. This was when Najib Razak was already prime minister.

Mahathir himself acknowledged that he made a grievous error by not allowing Anwar to “succeed him”, and that he held on to power for far too long – only to anoint two men who, in the end, disappointed him. Especially Najib, who is embroiled in one of the world’s massive kleptocracy cases.

At least, Mahathir finally made the admission. A small but important step.

The two who had been locked in a bitter feud but have now joined forces to overthrow  Najib. Indeed, politics makes strange bedfellows.

Anyway, Mahathir had previously said there were no permanent friends and enemies in politics. He even confessed that he was not the type to hold a grudge against his enemies.

Let's see if he can stick to the story. 

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