Forgetting old wounds, Anwar-Mahathir now working against Najib


KUALA LUMPUR: Even if Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is not expelled from Putrajaya in the near future, said a political analyst in his latest blog posting, he will definitely find that Mahathir and Anwar joining forces plus the position taken by Muhyiddin, will swing votes away from him come the 14th General Election in 2018.

“If the previous Mahathir and Anwar Government was considered the best the nation ever had, it would not be surprising if the coming together of these two statesmen once again would lead the people to rise up once more in an even greater wave to pummel Najib.”

Again, noted Shahbudin Husin the analyst, suspended Deputy President Muhyiddin Yassin remaining in Umno does not give Najib any advantages. “Muhyiddin has already announced that he will attend the anti-Najib gathering in Kuala Lumpur on March 27.”

The analyst was commenting on the former Prime Minister not waiting too long, after he left Umno last Friday, to forge an understanding with opposition parties to work together and get Najib out of Putrajaya. “On Friday, at 3.30 pm, Mahathir is scheduled to hold a joint press conference with opposition leaders at the Rumah Kelab Alumni Universiti Malaya.”

“He will then sign a joint declaration with opposition leaders to demand that Najib step down as Prime Minister.”

What’s interesting, pointed out Shahbudin, is Anwar’s eldest child and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah herself announced the programme for Friday at a press conference on Thursday. “Besides Pakatan Harapan leaders, some PAS MPs and leaders will also be present.”

“Yes, we will have a joint press conference on Friday, at 3.30 pm, with Mahathir (Tun), and we are coming together in the right spirit, in all sincerity, to help move the nation out from its present predicament,” Shahbudin quoted Nurul, also a PKR Vice-President, as saying.

It was noteworthy, said the analyst, that Nurul stressed that it was not feelings of revenge, personal issues or anger that was bringing the leaders across the divide together but out of a common desire and objective to help overcome the nation’s helplessness over the myriad problems and scandals that have bogged it down. “We will take concrete steps to execute and implement the necessary reforms,” Shahbudin further quoted the Lembah Pantai MP as saying.”

He sees Nurul’s willingness in particular and PKR’s in general to accept Mahathir’s decision to reach out to them as the clearest indication that the sworn enimity between the former Prime Minister and the Anwar family as having run its course and was now a thing of the past.

In short, said Shahbudin, Anwar and Mahathir were once again on the same page, “sehati sejiwa” (one heart, one soul), “selagu seirama” (one song, one beat) in the struggle to expel Najib who had become a burden on the people and a blight on the nation. “Ironically, PKR was set up to drive out Mahathir from Putrajaya.”

“Now, both PKR and Mahathir have joined forces to drive out Najib from Putrajaya to save the nation. They have forgotten past hurts and their old wounds.”

Already, said Shahbudin, Anwar has given his blessing to Nurul and PKR working together with Mahathir, in support of the former Prime Minister.