Puad: Dr M will ensure Anwar stays in jail, Mukhriz to be next PM

 |Jan 9, 2018
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KUALA LUMPUR: An Umno supreme council member has warned that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will make sure Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will not get a pardon from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong so that he can continue as prime minister in the event Pakatan Harapan win the 14th General Election (GE14).

New Straits Times reported Datuk Mohd Puad Zarkashi claiming that Dr Mahathir, who is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman, would advise the King that the PKR de facto leader cannot be pardoned as sodomy was a serious crime.

“Dr Mahathir will ensure that more than half of the Members of Parliament would support him in staying on as prime minister if there is any motion for a vote of no confidence against him in Parliament. He can also abuse the National Security Council Act 2016 to declare an emergency if he feels that his position is threatened,” he said in a statement.

“Dr Mahathir has experience in such matters. He had abused the Internal Security Act during Op Lalang in 1987 when (he felt) his position was being threatened,” he added.

On Sunday, the PH convention announced that Dr Mahathir was the pact’s choice for prime minister and PKR president and Anwar’s wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan ismail as deputy prime minister.

Puad claimed that Dr Mahathir, who is 93, had been a dictator for 22 years and was now being “recycled” as prime minister by his worst enemies, NST reported.

He said, once it was ensured that Anwar would stay in prison, Dr Mahathir would find a way to have his son, Datuk Seri Mukhriz, become the next prime minister.

“This means, by Dr Mahathir’s thinking, he would step down as prime minister only after Mukhriz becomes his deputy, within seven years from today.”

Puad claimed that when PH met on Sunday, there was some “tension” between Dr Wan Azizah and Dr Mahathir.

“At first, Dr Wan Azizah was insistent that Anwar should be named as the candidate for prime minister. In the end, however, she admitted defeat and agreed to name Dr Mahathir, with Anwar as the eighth prime minister of Malaysia, whilst waiting for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to pardon her husband,” he said.