Tun Mahathir for all of his pontificating on why Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should have stepped down during the 1MDB investigation; he seems to be quite tongue tied when it comes to asking Lim Guan Eng to do the same.
What Tun Mahathir is doing is trying to blame (yet again) Prime Minister Najib Razak for trying to silence those who do not agree with him. What Tun Mahathir does not mention is the alleged crime itself. The fact that an illegal purchase of property seems (as there is still investigation) to have taken place and the present Penang Menteri Besar for all accounts appears to be the beneficiary of the said illegal property transaction.
Tun Mahathir had no trouble pointing to alleged wrong doings or misuse of position for personal gain when it came to leveling accusations at Prime Minister Najib Razak. However he cannot do the same when it comes to Lim Guan Eng. With this obvious double standard; there is no surprise people are saying that Tun Mahathir vendetta against Prime Minister Najib Razak is more personal than any desire to save Malaysia.
Had the same speculation of an illegal property purchase been placed on the Prime Minister; Tun Mahathir would be crying from atop Petronas towers about how Prime Minister Najib has no choice but to leave office.
The uncomfortable situation that Tun Mahathir finds himself in now is that he needs Lim Kit Siang’s DAP backing to keep his Save Malaysia alive. So instead of asking Lim Guan Eng to step down he (Tun Mahathir) uses the technique of diversion. He (Tun Mahathir) wants the rakyat to believe that the Prime Minister is going all out like he once had under the ISA to silence his critics!
What he does not say is Prime Minister Najib Razak’s name is not or the bill of sale or the purchase agreement. And no matter how hard Tun Mahathir tries to force a round peg into a square hole, it just doesn’t fit!
It would be similar to someone stating that 2016 is proving to be disastrous for Tun Mahathir after his future proxy Prime Minister (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin) is removed as Deputy Prime Minister. Then his son (Mukhriz Mahathir) is removed as the Kedah Menteri Besar. There are also the three (3) election loses that he (Tun Mahathir) was to save in Sarawak, Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar. And the disasters continued with his son Mukhriz and proxy future Prime Muhyiddin Yassin being sacked from Umno.
Now to add insult to injury, his co-conspirator to remove Prime Minister Najib Razak Lim Kit Siang’s son (LGE) was arrested for purchasing a bungalow for a price way below market value.
With all that has taken place, one could try to force a square peg in a round hole in saying that this year is especially bad for Tun Mahathir. Or one could look view it from a different perspective which would include the following.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin played political Russian roulette and lost (here)
Mukhriz believed in his or his father’s pipe dream of his (Mukhriz) becoming Prime Minister around the year 2020 (here)
Tun Mahathir is not the political force he used to be nor is he the savior for Pakatan Harapan. The proof of which, he could not save his son Mukhriz position as Kedah Menteri Besar.
Both Tan Sri Muhyiddin and Mukhriz were sacked from Umno because of their decision to go against their political party and the leader of the party.
Lim Guan Eng was arrested because he arrogantly believed that he is smarter than the rakyat and that he could get away with the illegal purchase!
Of course Tun Mahathir knows all of this, but when asked, he with no hesitation tries to tie everything back to the Prime Minister Najib Razak 1MDB investigation and for that he (The Prime Minister) should step down.
However, the very man (Tun Mahathir) who is not at a loss for words when it comes to demanding Prime Minister Najib Razak step down over allegations of impropriety is strangely tongue tied when it comes to asking Lim Guan Eng to do the same!