In the grand scheme of things; what does Tun Dr. Mahathir leaving the party mean?
Yes, there is the sentimentality attached to his quickly eroding legacy and it was nice having the icon around.
But when the icon starts believing that he is bigger than the leader of the party and the party itself, then it is time leave.
The unsubstantiated things which Tun has been saying against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak are things which he would never have stood for during his tenure as Prime Minister.
When he was the leader of the party, he expected and received absolute loyalty. Those who did not fall in line fell out of favour. Even after Tun’s public retirement he still wanted to be the puppet master and pull the strings.
However, now that there is a leader who is bright, strong and fearless; he (TDM) does not like it because he cannot control this successor.
So instead of enjoying the golden years of his life, Tun has been on a personal mission to topple the present Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) who also has the leadership qualities that Tun possessed when he was in office. Could this distain for the present PM be a case of Tun trying to exorcise the personal demons from his past?
Tun Dr. Mahathir has for more than a year, attempted to cause the PM duress by insinuating that the PM is somehow party to or has knowledge of wrong doing.
The idea was that if Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak were constantly hit with a deluge of allegations than he would break under the pressure and resign.
Tun Dr. Mahathir expected and expects the PM to do what he would not do!
This is a matter of do what I say and not what I do?
It is like the doctor who tells his patient to stop smoking and when the patient leaves the doctor lights one up and starts puffing like there is no tomorrow!
So here we are in the year 2016 and not only is Prime Minister Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak still in office, but he is attracting people from various sectors of society.
What could have been a golden opportunity to take the high road and rally around and support the party’s leader; Tun made the decision (again) to quit the party!
As a former leader, he should have led by becoming an exemplar of servitude. What a wonderful example that would have been for our youth and the rakyat!
Instead like Musa who could not wait for Khidr’s explaination Tun made accusations based information that he had yet to recieve (see Surat 18 60~82 Al-Kahf /The Cave)
So like in the Surat above there is a parting of ways.
What does Tun’s leaving the party mean. Nothing! The last time I checked, the universe was still intact!