Enough succession talk, Kadir says in veiled dig at Azmin

Veteran newsman A Kadir Jasin. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Vocal Dr Mahathir Mohamad loyalist A Kadir Jasin has taken a veiled dig at Mohamed Azmin Ali, after the economic affairs minister urged the prime minister to stay on until the end of the five-year term.

Writing on his personal blog, Kadir, who is the communications adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office, also told Azmin that the gay sex video allegedly involving him had “assumed a life of its own”.

“It will haunt its players irrespective of whether they are the confessors, the deniers or the plotters, probably for the rest of their lives,” he wrote.

On July 29, Azmin thanked PAS and Umno for ignoring their differences with Mahathir in urging the prime minister to stay on until the end of the term.

Azmin’s comments came amid his apparent fall-out with his party boss, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, whom Pakatan Harapan (PH) has said will take over from Mahathir mid-term.

Kadir said the stand by Umno and PAS should not be seen as a statement in support of Mahathir.

“For the Umno-PAS combination, breaking up PH is a key objective,” he said.

He added that there are more pressing matters to attend to than discussing something which has already been agreed on.

“Mahathir has said repeatedly that a Cabinet reshuffle is not on the cards and that he will keep his promise of transferring power to Anwar,” he said.

He added however that ministers should not “feel assured and continue with their moribund ways”.

“Maybe this is the prime minister’s way of saying, you chaps better shape up or ship out when I am no longer around to defend you.

“So any minister who feels the uncontrollable urge to act in a movie or video clip, please make sure that it is G-rated,” he wrote.

Azmin recently traded barbs with Anwar after the latter suggested that he resign if gay sex videos targeting the PKR deputy president are genuine.

Azmin has also stayed out of at least two PKR meetings, with speculation that he and several party leaders are considering joining Gerakan.