In the latest trumpet, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamed suggests that Muhyiddin Yassin becomes the next Prime Minister if the opposition coalition takes over Putrajaya.
Earlier today, DAP publicity chief Tony Pua defended that if the opposition comes to power, only Anwar Ibrahim can be the next Prime Minister.
In responding to Mahathir’s suggestion, Communications and Multimedia minister Salleh Said Keruak stated in his blog that Mahathir is trying to deflect talk that he wants his son, Mukhriz, to be the next Prime Minister.
“So by naming Muhyiddin as the next Prime Minister he is suggesting that his son is not taking over.
“But that does mean Mukhriz cannot be appointed the Deputy Prime Minister while Muhyiddin becomes just a temporary Prime Minister.” said Salleh.
Salleh recalls that once Mahathir in a speech at Petaling Jaya in 2008 proposed that new Prime Minister must be ‘guided’ by a committee of elders and not be allowed a free hand or too much independence in running the country.
“Mahathir said today that even though Muhyiddin is going to be the Prime Minister and the party President, PPBM also has a Chairman.
“So the Prime Minister must consult the chairman, meaning Mahathir, before making any decisions.
“The Prime Minister must not make any decisions by himself. Mahathir even suggested that the party chairman must be above the cabinet since Cabinet members would be ‘obliged’ to the Prime Minister.” said Salleh.
Salleh added the Prime Minister is not independent and comes under the party Chairman who overrides the Cabinet the way Chairman Mao Tse Tung who administered China for 31 years.