No matter what happens in the immediate future, Mahathir who has run out of time at 95, can at best only buy a little more time for his group by fomenting mischief.
The people will rise again, Mahathir already in the grave, to build a strong Opposition in Parliament i.e. no two thirds majority for the gov’t party/coalition.
Mahathir hopes to die before he is dragged to justice for a multitude of sins.
His family won’t be so lucky.
Sabah . . .
Mahathir’s history in Sabah in 1994 and 2018 shows that he first pits people against each other to create chaos, then whittles down the number that certain parties hold, and finally will admit them into a coalition to prevent them being in the Opposition to live and fight another day.
That’s what he did to PBS, once a formidable force in Sabah politics.
The 2018 coup in Sabah is still at the Federal Court after having been dismissed recently by the Court of Appeal as “academic”. On 7/11, 7 Nov 2018, the High Court of Borneo cited the Perak case law in ruling instead of upholding the sanctity of the Sabah Constitution.
The Sabah Constitution defines majority as the symbol having the largest number of seats in the state assembly. The Definition was not about simple majority and does not rule out minority gov’t.
The Federal Constitution could do with such a Definition for Parliament. It would have made Anwar Ibrahim’s path to premiership clearer.
The true test of confidence in the legislature is the passage of gov’t Bills. The gov’t would have to resign if a Bill, presented again and again, is defeated three times in a row.
Theresa May was defeated three times in a row on BrExit and stepped down as Conservative Party chief, and subsequently, as PM.
Boris Johnson, her successor, was defeated as well on BrExit and called for snap election which he won with a convincing majority. He managed to get BrExit done.
Parliament has no provision for a confidence, or no confidence, motion. Any such motion, if proposed, could be tucked at the bottom by the Speaker and would never see the light of day. Gov’t business would have to be come first. That’s how the hudud Bill by PAS never made it.
Strategic error . . .
I have always felt, given Mahathir’s mindset, that Anwar and PH made a strategic error by claiming a change of premiership in May 2020.
PH would not have simple majority without Bersatu. It’s pointless harping on which party has more seats.
So, it would have been wiser to let Mahathir finish his term, i.e. if he can.
Mahathir used the demand for change of premiership to attempt a coup.
Probably, he had been planning one all along.
Agong . . .
Agong can’t be party to illegalities — i.e. allowing crooks to hijack the Federal gov’t — as illegalities will bring the institution into odium, ridicule, contempt and public disrepute.
PH Chairman . . .
Mahathir became PM based on his position as PH Chairman by consensus i.e. no one opposed.
Anwar failed to seek the PH chairmanship. Had he sought the position, he would have failed to secure consensus since Bersatu would have opposed.
However, he stood a better chance of being appointed PH Chairman after APEC in Nov this year since Mahathir pledged to leave after the event.
It would have been difficult for Bersatu to oppose the appointment of a new PH Chairman after APEC. Had the party opposed, Mahathir could easily step down and end the stalemate.
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