Sunday, 10 August 2008

Dr M denied he will run against Anwar

Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has denied speculation he will run against his arch-foe, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, in a by-election expected to return Anwar to parliament. - Malaysiakini .

Anwar was Mahathir's deputy and heir apparent until 1998 when he was sacked and jailed on sodomy and corruption charges widely seen as retribution for challenging his one-time mentor.

Mahathir, who has also had a serious falling out with his successor, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, said the ruling party has no one who can beat Anwar in the Aug 26 by-election.

"At the moment I do not see anyone who can give Anwar a run for his money," Mahathir said, according to the New Straits Times newspaper.

'I'm not coming back'

But Mahatir said he would not challenge Anwar for the seat vacated by Anwar's wife after he was charged with sodomy once again last week.

"No way, I have resigned in 2003 and I have said that I'm not coming back," he said, according to the state Bernama news agency.

Despite the new allegations that he sodomised a young male aide - a serious offence in Malaysia that carries a penalty of 20 years imprisonment - Anwar has said he is still on track to seize power.

Landmark general elections in March handed the opposition an unprecedented one-third of parliamentary seats, and Anwar would need just 30 lawmakers from the ranks of the ruling coalition to switch sides. Malaysiakini


Related article: Dr M will migrate if Anwar becomes PM here

11 comments:

tehsin said...

Tok Mom,

TUN also said in Mingguan Malaysia that he will leave Malaysia if Anwar becomes PM...

maria a samad (kak ton) said...

tehsin,

Thanks for directing me to the story, Have added the link to my entry.

BTW, hope your children are getting better.

apisfires said...

we wait n see la mommy...

yeappie said...

When the going gets tough, the tough would rather migrate! Does the spirit of "come what may, this is tanah tumpah darah ku" no longer valid?

wanderer said...

Dr M better send in your application for PR in Zimbawe quick... Mugube, your good friend may not be in power soon.

Samuel Goh Kim Eng said...

We will all ask why the need to be on the run
Afterall you already had your full share of fun
Don't we all world wide share the same blazing sun
And nobody likes to be given the label 'Son of a gun'

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng - 110808
http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
Mon. 11th Aug. 2008.

zaitgha said...

from what i see, sometimes ppl interpret things literally, when i read that article in full i understand differently from the headlines....

politicmaniac said...

He would not come back to become the PM, definitely. He is just trying to maintain his influence and legacy as long as possible, before ANWAR smashes every single things up.

tehsin said...

today both ponteng, but better,thanks. hope your grandson also better.

antarakita said...

Tun not gonna make his comeback ever again in the world of politics.but i dont think that it will stop him to nominate or suggest people of his favor,right?.

Dani said...

Maybe Tun M finally realized that his supporters are not as many as back then. We are realizing that Tun M is not a perfect as what he wanted us to see.