Old political fox Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned as Prime Minister in an apparent political struggle in the government.
But his sudden resignation does not help the Pakatan Harapan government and creates uncertainties.
Malaysia is now heading towards the creation of a caretaker government before a clear solution is found.
The Prime Minister’s Office in Malaysia today confirms the resignation of the oldest PM. This leaves the door open for a new government or for fresh elections in Malaysia.
But Mahathir has also resigned as the chairman of his party, the Bersatu which is the first party to leave the ruling coalition.
GAME OVER MAHATHIR?
There is no indication from Mahathir on his next move. His quitting the government post and the party leadership may indicate its game over for the old fox.
But some rumours are persistent that he will come back with a new government as he is set to meet the King at 5 PM.
However, there are ongoing negotiations among political leaders of various formations to form a new government.
If this fails, the King of Malaysia will have no choice but to call for early elections.
At this moment, it is Wan Azizah Wan Ismail who is acting PM.
The first in Malaysia’s history for a female to occupy the post of Deputy PM, she makes history as the first female acting PM.
ANWAR IBRAHIM PM?
The country is now reeling with expectations of a new government taking over from the collapsed Pakatan Harapan.
Mahathir’s resignation gives Anwar a chance to claim the PM post. But a series of resignations from the ruling coalition does not make things easy for Anwar.
The Harapan won the 2018 elections on a toenail, with just enough seats to form the government. It defeated the long-serving Barisan Nasional or National Front of Najib Razak.
Anwar Ibrahim today says Mahathir quit because he could not be associated with ‘corrupt’ politicians.
Some members of Anwar’s party were apparently forcing Mahathir to lead a government composed of the defeated Barisan Nasional.
Anwar says Dr M did not want this to happen and he was forced to quit from his PM post for that matter.
Mahathir’s party the Bersatu has also quit the Pakatan coalition. The collapse of the Pakatan Harapan, which means Coalition of Hope, is worsened after 11 MPS from Anwar Ibrahim’s party quit.
They are now sitting in Parliament as ‘free’ MPS. But they are tipped to join a new government by Dr Mahathir.
If that happens, then Anwar Ibrahim would have lost his chance to become the Prime Minister of Malaysia once again
Betrayed by Mahathir in 1998, he is now betrayed again by the same old man 22 years later! This is what his party is saying.
More to come!