OUTSPOKEN: We all know what Malaysian politicians say, but what do they mean? We are aware of the bitter rivalry between former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his former deputy, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Their public spat has been brewing for at least thirty years.
Even after Mahathir’s retirement, the battle between the two, has not abated. Malaysia is desperately trying to move forward and discard the divisive ploys and unfair affirmative action policies which have split the nation, but Mahathir refuses to leave the limelight.
He has taken potshots at his successor, Tun Abdullah Badawi and the current PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Like a man possessed, Mahathir also sees fit to ensure Anwar’s destruction, before he dies.
Anwar is the greatest threat not just to Mahathir, but also to Umno-Baru. If Umno-Baru were to cease to exist, it would be impossible for Mahathir’s son, to continue the Mahathir legacy.
Najib may seem like a recurrent headache to Mahathir, but one which can be cured with a dose of aspirin. Anwar is a different proposition. He is like a growth in Mahathir’s head, that must be excised. Anwar is like the fatty deposits in Umno-Baru’s arteries. If the arteries remain clogged, blood flow may eventually stop.
Last January, soon after the Kajang Move was announced, Mahathir mocked Anwar and said Anwar was prepared to take “small steps”, just to become MB. In a Radio 24 broadcast, he said, “He (Anwar) has always wanted to become the government leader. If he cannot get the highest post, a smaller post at least would do for him.”
What Mahathir meant was, “I will not allow him to be MB, by hook or by crook.”