Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali has to be as happy as a rescued Titanic passenger as he takes stock of what could have happened had he crawled completely into bed with Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
We were all witnesses to how he was snuggling up to Mahathir during the public ‘Save Malaysia’ circus.
During that period, it looked for all means and purposes like Azmin Ali was making a play to set sail with Mahathir.
Around that period, Azmin’s actions and persona gave the impression that he was in open defiance against his party’s (PKR) leadership as well as the wishes of Pakatan Harapan in general.
This defiance was demonstrated in both his publicly attempting to get PAS to rejoin Pakatan Harapan fold and in his jumping on board Mahathir’s now pretty much defunct ‘Save Malaysia’ hullabaloo or as Shakespeare would say; Much To Do About Nothing!
In all that he was doing during that period of time Azmin seemed like a man who believed that he had not one, but two winning lotto tickets and was just waiting for the right time to cash in.
On the one hand he could neutralise Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and vie for the post of PKR president.
On the other hand he could tag along with Mahathir and be Mukhriz’ deputy Prime Minister somewhere in the distant future.
Whichever plans he had made, Azmin at some point realised that he was in possession of bogus lotto tickets!
This reality caused Azmin to retreat from Mahathir and silently slink back into the shadows of Selangor.
Many to this day still speculate to what caused Azmin to do a 180 from the course he had set sail on with Mahathir.
Whatever prompted his backtracking from Mahathir he is no doubt elated now as he sees the ship called Pribumi taking on water and starting to sink.
The ship’s taking on water must be largely placed in the hands of its commander and chief Mahathir, who not only continued to make mistake after mistake in his miscalculation on what it would take to remove what he perceived as an obstacle – Prime Minister Najib Razak.
But he compounded his mistakes by seemingly placing the ship in his acting captain Muhyiddin Yassin’s hands.
It now seems like that latter decision may be the factor which tears a gaping hole in the ship causing Pribumi to sink.
While Mahathir wants his son Mukhriz to be at the helm of the ship, does not want the appearance of what everyone already knows; which is he wants Mukhriz to be the eventual captain and commander and chief of the ship no matter if the ship is called Umno or Pribumi.
As far as Mahathir is concerned, a ship by any other name is just as good so long as it can carry his son to the head of government.
The Selangor Menteri Besar is no doubt taking stock of all that has taken place, or in some cases has not taken place, ever since Mahathir failed to make any type of impact during recent elections.
For him Azmin, Mahathir’s ineffectiveness probably made him scurry for a life jacket or anything just as long as he could save himself before things reached the point of no return.
Given all that is happening on ship Pribumi, Azmin probably thinks he jumped ship in the nick of time.
Or perhaps he jumped off an eventual sinking ship into what appears to be a growing Pakatan Harapan whirlpool! Read More
Source: The Malaysian Observer