Yesterday I highlighted the blog postings of two of the top Pribumi Bersatu bloggers in this post
Apparently one of them wrote this after that
PKR is facing some serious internal stresses. Just like UMNO, there are at least three factions inside PKR.
The Anwar Ibrahim family plus Rafizi Ramli is one faction.
But I believe cracks are developing even inside this faction.
Secondly there is the Azmin Ali faction. This is a very powerful faction on account of Azmin's good track record in managing Selangor so well over two terms.
Here is some inside news folks. I heard that Azmin Ali was actually offered the opportunity of being Pakatan Harapan's candidate for Prime Minister. Not Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed. However, quite predictably the Brader objected strongly to this suggestion. Hence the lot fell on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed again.
Azmin Ali has now been made Minister of Economic Affairs in the Federal Cabinet. He is also still holding the Menteri Besar Selangor portfolio.
This is a very special situation enjoyed by Azmin - Federal Minister as well as Menteri Besar of Selangor. (Lim Guan Eng - do take note).
Azmin's deal is that he gets to appoint his own candidate to replace him as Menteri Besar of Selangor.
This is a major slap for the Anwar Ibrahim camp who have their own candidate lined up as well. (You can have tea with the Sultan of Selangor or you can have tea at home too.)
The other point to note about Azmin is that for the first time TWO of PKR's Cabinet Ministers ie Azmin Ali and Zuraida something come from Azmin's Gombak division of PKR. In short, Azmin Ali carries some real heavy weight in PKR and Pakatan Harapan.
There is a third faction in PKR but I forget who they are. Not very significant. So there are serious stresses inside PKR which can crack up the party anytime.
And above all this is Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed. Although Tun Dr Mahathir's PPBM won only 12 seats in Parliament, Tun Dr Mahathir himself is worth 100 Parliamentary seats (12 + 100 = 112 which is the simple majority needed to form the government). Because without Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed, the Pakatan Harapan will just unwind.
There is no written agreement that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed will step down after TWO years. Tun has said that he will stay as long as necessary to put things right.
Okay, please note that it's not me writing the above but one of the top Pribumi Bersatu bloggers.
Yup, it was written that Dr Mahathir will not let go of the PM post in two years time. No written agreement, okay.
The part about the attendance being compulsory makes it all sound so serious.
Firing squad for those who fail to show up?
Well, if these all lead to war, then things will surely get ugly.
As according to the top Pribumi Bersatu blogger, there is a likelihood that PKR will join forces with Umno (led by Zahid) and Pas to face off with Dr Mahathir.
I heard of the same thing too, and with the royals backing them.
I was told that Dr Mahathir's Pribumi Bersatu will have the backing of DAP, Amanah, and Warisan.
This could be quite scary.
The new PH government may not even lasts more than a few months if all these really happen.
The Anwar's possible coalition of PKR, Umno and Pas may even table a no confidence motion against Dr Mahathir at the coming Dewan Rakyat session.
They have a combined of 120 seats in parliament, enough to form a simple majority.
They have to move fast though, before the Umno election because as contended by the Pribumi Bersatu blogger, if Zahid lost the contest for the party presidency, then the whole plan will fall apart.
But so far, no one is yet to challenge Zahid, who used to be Anwar's protege and hatchet man like Rafizi now.
|Those early days|
Well, still early days I guess.
I need to emphasis this though - this is not what I want.
I want a proper revival of Umno and BN so that we can have a good two party system and a better democracy.
For me it's not about who wins who lose, but about Malaysians winning from mature politics as we move ahead as a nation.
Now we have a prospect of having another general election within a space of a year.
That's because if I'm in Dr Mahathir's position, knowing that Anwar is making his no confidence move against me at the Dewan Rakyat, I would just pull the rug under his feet by dissolving the whole thing and call for fresh election.
How about that?
PKR, Umno, Pas versus Pribumi Bersatu, DAP, Amanah, Warisan and the rest.
It's really going to get bloody, right?