“Dia (Tun Abdullah Badawi) akan bersara (sebagai Penasihat Petronas) kerana kita tidak memerlukan penasihat lagi. Penasihat kadang-kadang tidak memberi nasihat, jadi saya fikir kita membazirkan wang jika kita hanya membayar gaji kerana kita boleh memberikan wang itu kepada rakyat,” kata Perdana Menteri 
Sebagai rekod Dr Mahathir telah memegang jawatan Penasihat Petronas bermula akhir 2003 hingga awal Mac 2016. Sepanjang tempoh 13 tahun perkhidmatan beliau, rizab tunai Petronas telah bertambah dari RM37.178b (Oktober 2003) kepada RM120.731b (Disember 2015). Pertambahan sebanyak RM83.533 bilion atau purata RM6.42 bilion setahun. 
Pak Lah telah memegang jawatan Penasihat Petronas bermula 1 April 2016. Sepanjang tempoh hampir 2 tahun, rizab tunai Petronas telah meningkat daripada RM121.492b (Dec 2016) kepada RM164.7 bilion (Mac 2018). Pertambahan sebanyak RM43.2 bilion atau purata RM21.6 bilion setahun. 
Jadi memang benar. Bayar gaji Pak Lah sebagai Penasihat Petronas membazir. Bayar gaji Mahathir sebagai Penasihat Petronas berbaloi.
Memang jenis tak boleh tengok orang lagi hebat dari dia ke macammana?
 Laporan Kewangan Interim Petronas Q3 FY2003
 Laporan Kewangan Tahunan Petronas 2016
 Laporan Kewangan Interim Petronas Q1 FY2018
Honestly, I'm not really sure what I should comment on this.
Well, except maybe on the argument of how Pak Lah seems to be doing better than Dr Mahathir as Petronas adviser.
Ya, I do wonder what Pak Lah actually advised Petronas that it managed to accumulate better average cash reserve those two years than when Dr Mahathir was the adviser for 13 years.
Bear in mind that the oil and gas industry was suffering from weak global prices those two years.
Or is it because unlike Dr Mahathir, Pak Lah really didn't advise Petronas on anything thus giving the clever people there better freedom to do their best for the national oil company.
Don't know lah. As someone sang "You say it best, when you say nothing at all" :)
Anyway, I think Dr Mahathir just wants what's best for Petronas.
You all know lah what he thinks of Pak Lah since he gave the premiership to the guy back then.
Pak Lah cancelled quite a bit of Dr Mahathir's initiatives at that time.
In fact, I was among those who were unhappy with Pak Lah over all that and was supporting Dr Mahathir's quest to oust him.
True enough, Pak Lah quit after BN's less than satisfying performance in the 2008 general election.
Of course, these were before Najib, who was much supported by Dr Mahathir became PM in 2009 and his eventual destruction, also by Dr Mahathir in the recent GE14.
Well, now Dr Mahathir is back as PM.
Come to think of it, since he is about to ensure Pak Lah's departure from Petronas, I do wonder if the handsome old man has plans to revive his initiatives which were cancelled by Pak Lah that many years ago.
Being a Johorean, the one that I really like to see being revived is this one;
Yup, the crooked bridge or scenic bridge, which ever way you want to call it.
If I remember it correctly, Pak Lah's decision to cancel the project was the final straw that made Dr Mahathir went against him.
It was also one of the main grouses he had with Najib as the guy refused to revive the project after replacing Pak Lah.
But of course that was before the full blown war between them and all the 1MDB accusations.
Well, never mind all that now.
I just want to see Dr Mahathir reviving the crooked bridge project which will enable the water of Tebrau Straits to flow again.
That's the main reason cited for the project. Currently, the water is blocked by the Causeway. It's stagnant and stinky.
I think I remember Dr Mahathir said back then that it can be done.
Really, I don't mind the Singaporeans getting irritated again over this one.
After all, it's jolly good fun having a bit of quarrel with my Singaporean cousins.
Just a bit, okay :)
Oh, this is the song about being a Petronas adviser, I guess;