Wed, 29 March:: PM4+7 Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has officially spoken up against Anwar Ibrahim and his unity government. And in the holy month of Ramadan, too, when Muslims around the world make extra effort for restraint.
He’s called Anwar’s administration NATO (Anwar’s government all talk and no action) and in almost the same breath is threatening to sue the Prime Minister for slander (Tun M demands Anwar retract defamatory statements) for hinting that he was the “scoundrel” who had amassed billions during his premiership for his children, cronies and himself.
Should Anwar worry? Of course. Mahathir brought down a couple of successors with relative ease after stepping down as the longest PM in 2003. He even earned a second premiership along the way. He is not one to be taken lightly.
Should Anwar stop speaking his mind against corruption and abuse of power, especially by the very powerful? Hopefully, not. Anwar can always offer a bouquet to Mahathir, seeing that this is hari baik, bulan baik. But when restraint is no longer required, the people want to see their Prime Minister go after each and every one of those politicians who have wronged us, as he said he would (Leaders in govt being probed for corruption, too).
After all, how hard can it be to prove abuse of power and corruption? Dr M did that relatively easily against Anwar back then …
But let’s please wait until after the Holy month.. Ramadan Mubarak, AI.