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Tun Dr. M: The Talented Mr. Ripley?

07/20/2017

Just days after the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan unveiled its official line-up, former leader Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has declared himself the ‘top dog’ in his camp asserting his designated position akin to that of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak except that he is on the other side. Ironically prior to this Tun Dr. Mahathir had stated that the respective leaders in PH are all equal among each other. A bag of contradictions would be the best explanation to describe the ex-premier’s disposition. Never one short of outrageous statements, Tun Mahathir’s comment is sure to rattle PH’s other partners namely the Democratic Action Party (DAP), People’s Justice Party (PKR) and National Trust Party (AMANAH). One can only surmise how the coalition parties must feel – dejected, angry or just plain regret for bringing him into the fold.

Shifting gears and kicking things up a notch, Tun Dr. Mahathir is organizing an event in August to discuss on currents issues and to give the public a chance to ask him any questions. Dubbed ‘Nothing To Hide 2.0’, Tun Dr. Mahathir has extended an invitation to his detractors including Dato’ Sri Najib to query him over his family’s wealth and the period when he was prime minister. Notably the original Nothing To Hide dialogue session in June 2015 organized by the Malaysian Volunteer Lawyers Association (SukaGuam) was intended to give participants an opportunity to ask Dato’ Sri Najib questions regarding his leadership. Although the event never materialized, Tun Dr. Mahathir did make a surprise appearance.  

At first glance it would certainly appear to be that Tun Dr. Mahathir is on full throttle. He has managed to secure the top position within the opposition, participated in the PH’s first ceramah in the klang valley and is slated to hold a public forum in August. Political observers/ analysts alike are divided as to whether Tun Dr. Mahathir is the opposition’s much needed impetus to galvanize the public to support them. Obviously the forthcoming debate is intended to sway those sitting on the fence. While the elderly statesman is eager to ‘expose’ Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib, is he himself truly prepared to make a full disclosure of the skeletons in his closet? Perhaps a case of the pot calling the kettle black?

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