Dr Mahathir Mohamad has withdrawn his civil lawsuit against the Prime Minister Najib Razak as well as sending another covert signal in saying that the Finance Ministry should not be under PM department.
Clearly this seems to be a clear indication that he would cease his diminishing complaints about 1MDB and Prime Minister Najib if the two offices were separated.
All of these things translate to mean Mahathir recognises that he had been defeated and was looking for a face saving way out of his self-made quagmire and is in desperate need of help to save his son Mukhriz’ career in politics.
Mahathir, having exhausted all other avenues, has no choice other than to recognise that at this stage only Najib can serve as Mukhriz’ sugar daddy.
A quick recap shows that his jumping into bed with Lim Kit Siang was as painful as watching a rat trying to mate with a porcupines.
Mahathir’s walk about at Bersih 4, the Citizen’s Declaration and Save Malaysia all seemed like hastily put together bad scripts that only proved how desperate he had become.
Throughout the whole ‘we are doing it doing it for Malaysia’ charade there was always the sickening feeling that the theatrics were all self-serving.
On the heels of the above; the now removed civil lawsuit and non-delivered one million plus signatures to the Agong were supposed bring the government to its knees or at least spark mass defections.
However to the contrary, the government is now even stronger and there were no mass defections, but there were two notable expulsions from Umno – former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and the former Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir.
Even having the foreign media attacking Prime Minister Najib Razak and 1MDB being investigated in the USA did not help bring about what Mahathir wanted; a Malaysia version of the Arab Spring that would usher out the prime minister and usher in a new government with the un-dynamic duo of Muhyiddin and Mukhriz as its head.
What may have brought the realisation of his inevitable defeat to clarity was when Mahathir went to the court to shake hands with Anwar Ibrahim.
At that moment, it must have dawned on him that he has sunk lower than low.
He was reaching out to someone who he said was immoral and yet he was there hoping to solicit aid to (let’s be honest) save his son!
At some point after that awkward encounter with Anwar, Mahathir must have realised that if Anwar could not save himself, Sarawak, Kuala Kangsar or Sungai Besar; he was in no position to help save Mukhriz.
With that realisation, Mahathir knew what he had to do in order to try and save Mukhriz; find a way to patch things up with Prime Minister Najib.
He knows that doing so is the only avenue he has to rescue Mukhriz from political abyss.
So Mahathir’s removal of the civil lawsuit against Najib as well as his suggesting that the finance ministry should be separated from the portfolio of the prime minister, it looks like Mahathir is waiving a white flag in defeat or at the very least trying to find a face saving way to get his son back in the good graces of Umno.
Making amends at this stage will entail Mahathir backtracking on his assertions against Prime Minister Najib; which might prove to be a little tricky.
However, Mahathir also knows that doing so is more palatable than saying that his allegation(s) against Anwar Ibrahim were false; especially given the nature of the allegation(s)!
Now, all that is left is for Mahathir with songkok in hand to go to Prime Minister Najib to apologise and to save Mukhriz.
While there, he may even seek the two for one special and ask for help for Mokhzani but Mahathir better focus on putting fire out at a time!
Source: Malaysian Observer