Monday, January 8, 2018

Pakatan offers no surprises

Salleh Said Keruak

Sunday's announcement by Pakatan Harapan about the coalition’s decision regarding their Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, in the event they win GE14, created quite a ‘stir’ due to a few reasons.

First of all everyone knew that Pakatan had no choice but to name Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as their PM-in-waiting. To name anyone else would have been suicidal as it meant Pakatan could disintegrate in 24 hours. So it was more a case of 'I told you so'.

Then they had no choice but to name Anwar Ibrahim's wife as the Deputy PM. Again it would have been suicidal to name anyone else. But surely there are other notable leaders who have sacrificed so much up, including to give up their ministerial and party office-bearer posts? Why are these names not considered but instead discarded? This sends a strong signal to those in Pakatan that everyone is a pawn and everyone is dispensable in Mahathir's Game of Thrones.

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