Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Could be too late for PH

Secara Rawak

KUCHING: There is no time or opportunity to make amends or to rectify anything of significance in Pakatan Harapan (PH), said a local political analyst Datuk Peter Minos.

He said looking at all angles, it seemed impossible for PH to repair its self-inflicted damage because right now a component member, PKR, is having internal problems and, to some extent, so is the DAP.

Minos predicted that soon, perhaps by May next year, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim or his cronies would be forced to reiterate their demand for the prime minister’s post.

“If and when this happens, PH would implode,” he said, adding that after May next year, anything goes, and that “anything” won’t be good.

He said Prime Minster Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would most likely not yield to pressure from any party or anyone in seeking the elusive Malayan Malay unity which was greatly weakened when Barisan Nasional (BN) was defeated and its leader, the kleptocratic Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, ousted.

Besides, according to Minos, he (Mahathir) surely wanted someone competent (in his own estimation) to be the next prime minister and that person is not necessarily Anwar.

“Therein lies the rub that can cause the implosion or explosion in the federal coalition. I think all PH people know the real problems facing their parties but are hapless in doing anything because they fear Tun Dr Mahathir,” he said.

“Internal problems and serious leadership tussle are wrecking havoc in PH, and to compound the problem, the coalition has very limited time or energy to rise up. It is sliding down.”

Minos said he would not be surprised if by late next year — perhaps after May or June — PH could fall and drown in its internal problems and grave failures in governing Malaysia.

“It’s hard to imagine it surviving the next three years. Maybe, I say maybe, Dr Mahathir might call for an early general election towards the end of next year hoping for salvation of some kind, and even divine intervention. If waiting for 2023 is not possible due to some political urgency and circumstances, Dr Mahathir may just take the plunge,” he said.

He believed that Dr Mahathir might risk it knowing that he and PH could be totally rejected by voters like what happened in the just-concluded by-election in Tanjung Piai, Johor.

As for the DAP, he said the Chinese now look at it unfavourably and even with disgust because the leaders seem to fear Dr Mahathir. That is why many have regretted supporting the party in the GE14,” said Minos.

He observed that with the Chinese leaving in droves, DAP is in very deep trouble.

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