THE decision by former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to quit Umno will catalyse the rise of PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, reported China Press. Current affairs commentator Datuk Dr. Cheah See Kian was quoted by the daily as saying that the current political scenario could pave the way for Anwar to become the next prime minister.
He believed the current “battle” between Dr. Mahathir and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would certainly cause dissatisfaction among Umno leaders and members. As such, he foresees some of them jumping ship and collaborating with Anwar, which would ultimately lead to Anwar regaining political power. Dr. Cheah said Dr. Mahathir was keen to see a “reshuffle” within Umno. He added that Dr. Mahathir was hopeful that his “preferences” would move up the ranks.
Dr. Cheah believed that Dr. Mahathir would not like to see his nemesis Anwar rise and gain control, but at the same time, he also did not like Abdullah to be at the helm. “His preferred candidate to become the next PM is most likely Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the Umno vice-president,” he said. Dr. Cheah also said he believed the MCA and Gerakan would not break away from Barisan Nasional. “Even if they do, where are they going to head to?” he asked. The daily quoted MCA veteran Tan Sri Michael Chen as saying that party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting should not be solely blamed for the dismal results in the last general election. He said Ong was “at the helm at the wrong time” as even the strongest political veteran would not have survived the political tsunami - THe StaR ONLiNe
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