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Online furor over Muhyiddin being PM candidate

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – Sept 27, 2016: Parti Pribumi Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is facing an overwhelming rejection by opposition supporters over a suggestion that he should be Prime Minister if the opposition wins the next general election.

His name for the post was floated by Pribumi Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at a forum in London last week but it was only reported here today.

Dr Mahathir, while making the suggestion, had assured that there should not be any worry of power abuse if Muhyiddin is given the post as safeguards will be put in place to limit a Prime Minister’s power.

“If the party’s president becomes prime minister, he would have to consult with the party chairperson and committee on government policy decisions,” Dr Mahathir said at the forum.

The news of Dr Mahathir’s suggestion, however, did not go down well with Pakatan Harapan leaders and supporters  and the first to publicly oppose it was DAP publicity secretary Tony Pua.

Pua insisted that Pakatan Harapan wants the coalition de-facto opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be the Prime Minister candidate and not Muhyiddin.

Many opposition supporters also shared similar view in wanting Anwar to be Prime Minister if the opposition wins the next general election.

They argued that Dr Mahathir should “take a good look” as to where he and his three-week old party stand in the opposition bloc.

“So now here you are (Dr Mahathir) the new kid in the opposition bloc and you’re already naming your man to be the PM,” chided Dan Adriel.

“So what about other opposition figures who have been struggling all this while? No matter what the person who truly deserves to be PM is Anwar,” he added.

“Any good Malaysian is better than Muhyiddin,” exclaimed Abu Anhr, “Remember his ‘I’m Malay first Malaysian second’ remark? So please he is not PM material and will never be one.”

“Anwar is the rightful choice for the post. He has shown his capabilities during his tenure as DPM (deputy prime minister) and there is no doubt that he can bring the nation back to its track,” was the views from William Anderson Lee.

“Anwar is the right choice as PM,” claimed Prakash Rao Subramaniam, “Muhyiddin and Mahathir are just opportunists. They can be in the opposition bloc but don’t trust them completely and give them too much power.”

Whereas the few who supports Muhyiddin’s candidacy as Prime Minister only argued that it was the only logical decisions to name him because it was impossible to elect Anwar as he is in jail for sodomising his former aide.

“To get him (Anwar) out will require time even if the opposition have won. So the likely candidate will be Muhyiddin,” wrote one Chew Kim Seong.

But there were also those who viewed that it was foolish for both sides to start bickering over the matter adding that they should have focused in strengthening their parties instead.

“How the hell are you fellas are supposed to be any better than the current ruling party?” was the acrid remark from Ram Kumar Rao, “Concentrate on winning first and then the people will decide who shall be the PM.”

“Again, they are counting chickens before it hatch. Why is it so hard for you people to work together and burn the bridge when you guys get there,” wrote Primus Lee.

“Please win the election first then you guys can start naming whoever you want to be the PM. All these bickering right now will get you guys nowhere,” wrote Shahrul Akmar.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.