Making Sense Of Malaysia’s Game-of-Thrones Politics

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Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s shock resignation as Prime Minister, the collapse of Pakatan Harapan government and shifting political alliances - how do reporters keep up with the twist and turns of Malaysian politics? In March 2020, Muhyiddin Yassin was appointed the 8th premier. His new alliance, Perikatan Nasional (PN) includes United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) - the largest party in the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which was voted out in the 2018 Malaysia General Election. CNA Producer Melissa Chi talks about racing to get the story out even as the script kept getting changed by the day.



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Haha we malaysian happy for that.. After lies that PH make them ruin itself...

Author — Mαrk Wαn


Now everyone love our pm
You cant beat mastermind Tun M.. .salute to him as well

Author — Rania Ayana


Perikatan Nasional Mathematics :You add the incompetence, multiply the racism, subtract the integrity and then divide the nation... as @DrJasonLeong rightfully points out

Author — Stan Stanoi


0lookslikelotsof backstabbingsesp asman amin

Author — Ken Sim


The whole thing gets unpredictable especially for the media and politicians themselves. Good! Screw your narrative.

Author — Hizz Nim


Corona Virus COVID 19 it more important than political. Stay home and stay safe.

Author — hafiz mubarak


Illegal PM must go home to UMNO / PAS

Author — Stan Stanoi


PAS / UMNO / PPMM ( Bersatu) shaming Malaysia

Author — Stan Stanoi


14th March 2020
By Dennis Ignatius

Mahathir has finally thrown off the national unity cloak he put on before GE14. It never sat comfortably on him anyway. Now we see his true colours; it will disappoint many.

In an interview he gave recently and which was widely reported, he explained why he could not support Anwar even for the post of deputy prime minister.

Projecting his own prejudices upon the Malay political landscape, he said Anwar was perceived by the Malays as being “too liberal” – and all because Anwar committed the unpardonable sins of forming a multiracial party and being willing to work with the DAP.

Comparing Anwar to Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Mahathir said when Tengku Razaleigh left UMNO he formed a Malay party, whereas when Anwar left UMNO he formed “a liberal” (i.e. non-Malay) party. Anwar also “wanted to get DAP’s support, ” he said. To Mahathir, this amounted to unacceptable, even treasonous behaviour.

There you have it: the two reasons why Mahathir was never very happy with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) construct and why he set about trying to replace PH with a Malay unity government.

Anwar’s unpardonable sin
To Mahathir, Anwar is not fit to be prime minister because he doesn’t subscribe to the Ke-TUANAN MELAYU, Malaysia is for Malays ideology. In other countries, tolerance and respect for diversity is considered a virtue; here it is dismissed as a dangerous “liberal” idea that must be stamped out.

Mahathir seems to believe that the Malays are so weak that they will always need a strong leader like him – a Peter the Great of Russia (one of the two men he admires most) – to save them from the Chinese. It is by no means a unique view; the Perlis mufti, for example, opined that Malaysia needs a Saddam Hussein to keep the non-Malays in check.

It seems to make no difference to them that the Malays have never been more secure or that the notion of non-Malays taking over the country is simply preposterous.

Remember too, that Mahathir has never forgiven Anwar, his one-time protégé, for turning against him at the height of the Asian financial crisis. He was so enraged by Anwar’s betrayal that he exacted terrible vengeance.

Apparently, his feelings for Anwar have not changed. Indeed, his dislike of Anwar appears to have only intensified since the latter’s release from prison. Of course, Mahathir kept insisting publicly that he would honour the deal for Anwar to succeed him but, as we now know, he was just biding his time and waiting for the right moment to move against Anwar.

DAP: Unrequited love

Faulting Anwar for being willing to work with the DAP is also hypocritical given that Mahathir himself joined hands with the DAP in his quest to oust Najib and return to power. Perhaps he feels that only he is strong enough to control the DAP.

In any case, his comments must have come as something of a shock to the DAP leadership. They were, until recently, his most ardent cheerleaders. They consistently supported him and waxed eloquent about his leadership. They were so taken in by him that they were begging him to stay on as prime minister even as he was preparing to ditch them.

Of course, it was all unrequited love; Mahathir never cared much for them and neither did he defend them against the barrage of scurrilous slander they had to cope with.

Now that he has suffered a setback, he is singing their praises once more just in case he might need their help. If it also drives a wedge between PKR and DAP all the better.

Like Hadi, Mahathir is happy to work with the DAP when it suits him and quick to ditch them once they have outlived their usefulness.

Ultimately, PPBM, UMNO and PAS all share the same objective of keeping the DAP (and by extension the non-Malays) from any kind of meaningful participation in government.

Token representation

Their idea of an acceptable multiracial coalition is one in which non-Malays have nothing more than token representation, the kind that MCA and MIC have always been happy to provide. The concept of Malaysia as a genuine multiracial and multireligious polity with shared citizenship is simply anathema to politicians like Mahathir and the rest of the Ketuanan Melayu crowd.

As Mahathir wrote in his seminal book The Malay Dilemma almost 50 years ago, “Malays are the rightful owners of Malaya, and that if citizenship is conferred on races other than the Malays, it is because the Malays consent to this. This consent is conditional.”

In other words, citizenship for non-Malays is conditional on their acceptance of absolute Malay hegemony. Recent statements by Hadi Awang and others that Malaysia is for Malays is simply an echo of what Mahathir has been saying all these years. What they want is a government of Malays, by Malays, for Malays.

An ephemeral unity

Mahathir is down, of course, but he is not out, at least not yet. He is now talking about challenging Muhyiddin for the top PPBM post, warning that he is going to be keeping a close eye on Muhyiddin’s performance and hinting that he might again lead PH against Muhyiddin.

It could well be part of a strategy to force Muhyiddin to reach some kind of accommodation with him that will offer him a face-saving way out and perhaps secure a place for his son going forward. After all, the Malay unity government that we see today is exactly what Mahathir had in mind; Muhyiddin just beat him to it.

In the meantime, Mahathir still has room to manoeuvre. The Perikatan Nasional coalition is, in many ways, more unstable than the one it replaced.

Malay unity has always been as ephemeral as the morning dew. If history is anything to go by, Malay leaders are most united when venting their spleen against the DAP, Christians and Jews; much less so when they try to work together.

They all have outsized egos and ambitions that make it difficult for them to cooperate with each other for any length of time. It is an environment in which Mahathir thrives best.

What all this means is that we are entering a period of prolonged political instability; anything can happen.

Author — zaini abdullah


@ That's how leaders will have failed their people .. Indefinite MCO and lockdown not good enough Massaging numbers will show up eventually . a bad health care systems will show up what it is made up or lack thereof

Author — Stan Stanoi


Not trying to be rude but malaysia politics is much better and exciting than our channel 8 drama!

Author — Ernest Kwok


Tun know covid on the way.. Go or out.. Who take next.. Is go to wormholl

Author — Germany Holland


It’s probably a blessing in disguise, if Mahathir doesn’t resign he has to hand his PM seat to Anwar sooner or later, how could he not hates Anwar if he had his hands twice sending him to prison for Sodomy, a humiliating offence, how could Anwar not seeks revenge?If he becomes PM?Muhiddin was Najib ‘s second man who was against his corruption, so our new PM is a good man who can bring Malaysia forward with Meritocracy.

Author — Francis Lim


Like this la; I'd say no one in Malaysia foresaw this coming. PH saw it that AI would be PM8 this year; the sooner the better. Outside PH, most want MM to continue PM7. Things were not looking up economically and MM has a history of fixing things successfully in the past - rightly or wrongly is another matter. But MM couldn't effectively task his many rookie ministers for federal administration to a point that the people started to voice their displeasures.
PH won the people's votes vastly on MM factor (you can disagree with here. I mean PR has not been able to do it in the past 2 GE's). The catch during the campaign was MM be PM7 and many many promises (manifesto) which many of them we knew impossible to deliver. Nonetheless many voters took them as good and demanded them be made good after 10.5.18 impatiently. PH won on 3 factors and those were we wanted to do away with kleptocrat, MM tirelessly aggressive campaigning to Bumi voters and the FLAWED manifestos.
Now AI was seen sitting pretty on the surface and thought to be patiently waiting for the handover but what happened under the surface we all have speculated. During that fateful week, a lot was going on behind the scene. MM was made to feel small was one of it. MM boys didn't like it and there it began. Now that this has been history, we can't change it. MM quit and no one foresaw this. I believe PM8 MY did not foresee this too. We had no PM, no ministers for 2 weeks and this cannot continue. It so happened that MY somehow has managed to cause Sultan Abdullah to be convinced that he had the majority to form a government.
Now what is so difficult to understand ?
I don't want to talk about the future, but it looks like MY takes the bull by the horns. He is no rookie; he has been minister since 1984 and he was a DPM10. Let's settle down and let MY take on the job and he has a tough one at hand.
Be safe and Duduk di rumah diam diam so that this Covid-19 goes away at the earliest.

Author — Ache H


Only in malaysia politics can go to drains n people wil sit eat and relax all cos the education system teaches not to think or philosophy being thought..its ok lah land n people will go on with whatever come may as long as bonuses are given

Author — Uma Rani Rethina Velu


Malaysia no food crises, no reliogion crises, no huamanity crisis? Only political crisis, because old fox in the home of chickens, duck, dogs? Broken the unity of Malaysians since PM1 till no PM 24th February 2020?

Author — appanah sanasy


I was so dumbfounded when a new PM is declared just like that without any acknowledgement from the nation's citizens. Like, do you call this democracy? Our votes were just trash? Malaysia seriously need a revolution.

Author — J. V.


What actually happened was a government based on lies and hatred like Pakatan Harapan will not last long.

Author — Johan Adam


Atleast the new PM doing well and helping people like rakyat really wanted

Author — ハイカル


KERAJAAN PINTU BELAKANG ... jika urusan sesuatu pentadbiran negara berasal dari perbuatan yang haraam (iaitu merampas serta menafikan HAK RAKYAT JELATA yang telah memilih dan memberi mandat pada PRU14, Mei 09, 2018), maka dengan itu segala gerakerja, urusan kewangan (seperti pembayaran gaji kepada menteri-menteri serta pembantu-pembantunya) tujuan dan matlamat kerajaan Perikatan Nasional/Muafakat Nasional(a.k.a. Pakatan Najis) adalah semuanya haraam belaka.

Itu adalah Sunnatullaah, dan manusia tidak akan bisa lari dari ketentuanNYA. Yang turut subhat, bersekongkol dengan para Pengkhianat Perjanjian, tidak kira dari status paling tertinggi dalam negara sekali pun, tidak akan terlepas dari laknatNYA - Qur'anul Majeed Al Anfal 8: 58-59.

Author — zaini abdullah