If the PKR national congress were a poker match, then the 3Ms effectively tipped their hand when they did not raise the placards saying “Anwar PM Ke 7” placards at the start of the congress.
And how could they raise those placards when they know full well that they have their own aspirations for the top government positions.
While Tun Mahathir may have some comfort level in having Datuk Anwar Ibrahim released from prison; that same comfort does not carry over to wanting him to be Prime Minister.
People have to remember that Tun Mahathir while making U-Turns on almost everything under the sun, he has never backed tracked on Anwar Ibrahim’s moral deficiencies. That is one of the reasons why he did not raise the “Anwar PM Ke 7” placard.
Of course the main reason for him becoming a photographer instead of placard raiser is because he aspires for his son Mukhriz to have the position of Prime Minister.
At the very least he wants Mukhriz to become deputy Prime Minister while former deputy Prime Minster Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin does a Datuk Wan Azizah Ishmael and keeps the Prime Minister’s seat warm for Mukhriz.
On his part, Muhyiddin Yassin is looking after his own self interest; and that self interest dictated for him to not hold up the ‘Anwar PM Ke 7” placard.
As Muhyiddin knows that has already been viewed as the odd man out in several scenarios, he realized that he had better continue to dance with the same partner (Tun Mahathir) that he arrived at PKR congress with.
Therefore, Muhyiddin Yassin views being a seat warmer for one (1) year, two (2) years or five (5) as no problem on his part; he would just see it as ample compensation for what many see as his betrayal to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, UMNO and Barisan Nasional.
So like Wan Azizah, Muhyiddin Yassin would dutifully keep the seat warm until he is told to make way for Mukhriz.
Given the above, everyone knows why Mukhriz Mahathir did not raise the placard as that would have been seen as disingenuous as when he said that did not want to become Prime Minister.
So what is Mukhriz Mahathir really saying when he says that a PM (Pakatan Harapan) candidate should be announced before the next general election?
Is he, his father Tun Mahathir and Muhyiddin Yassin still hoping that the can barter a deal that would put both he and Muhyiddin Yassin as deputy Prime Minister and Prime Minister or vice versa?
What would be in it for Lim Kit Siang; a get out of jail card for his son Lim Guan Eng as well as some strategic ministerial positions?
Whatever the case; if the PKR congress were a poker game the 3Ms have tipped their hand and everyone including PKR knows that their cards are not behind Anwar!