This coming Azmin-Rafizi fight for PKR number two post should be the most crucial battle to determine Malaysia's post-GE14 leadership.
The way I see it, it's a proxy war between Anwar and Dr Mahathir with the ultimate goal being the position of PM and head of PH.
Anwar's Rafizi, Dr Mahathir's Azmin.
Of course, they said these,
Anwar rubbishes speculation
Dr Mahathir using Azmin to undermine him
Azmin denies there are two factions in PKR
But everyone knows, okay.
It's normal for this sorts of fight in a political party and the ensuing palace intrigues along the corridors of power.
They are all the same.
I wrote this on Jan 9, which is quite a while before Azmin became the obvious favourite of Dr Mahathir after PH's GE14 victory,
Okay, for this fight I have to admit that I'm siding with Azmin.
The Dr Mahathir-Azmin tag team is better than the Anwar-Rafizi one, which I think is so creepy.
But then again, Azmin will be fighting for his political life.
Rafizi will definitely be backed by Anwar, who is almost certain to be the new PKR president.
It would be quite awkward once Rafizi defeated Azmin as the latter will be without an important party post despite being arguably the second most powerful person in government after Dr Mahathir.
I think once that happened Anwar and his team will start chipping away at Dr Mahathir's base to force him to hand over power as promised within the next two years.
Azmin is actually Dr Mahathir's best hope for his New Malaysia.
Yup, I think he even prefer Azmin than Mukhriz to lead the country.
In fact, I even believe that Dr Mahathir is hoping that Azmin will be there to protect Mukhriz and his whole family once he is no longer in charge.
I don't think he trust that Anwar will continue to play it nice if the guy ever becomes the PM.
After all, Anwar spent seven years in jail because of him.
I doubt that Anwar and his family have ever really forgive Dr Mahathir for inflicting such pain and humiliation on them that many years ago.
Of course, they are keeping it all in, at least until they have the real power to act on it.
This Rafizi-Azmin fight would be the first real step towards that.
Once Azmin is out of the way, Anwar and his camp will solidify power in PKR, which is the PH party with the most number of parliamentary seats.
Then they can have their real march to Putrajaya.
p.s ; I wrote this not long after GE14, maybe you all would like to read it again.