It looks like Mahathir has moved from Nothing to Hide to Nothing to Talk About!
In today’s Malaysia Today blog site, blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin has written a piece in The Corridors of Power” entitled “1MDB Is Najib’s Weapon, Not Mahathir’s
In the piece (link above) RPK dissects how Tun Mahathir has in a sense placed all his chips on the 1MDB issue in the belief that it (1MDB) is the torpedo that would sink Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
When Tun Mahathir realized that Najib did not buckle under the onslaught he, Lim Kit Siang and the Pakatan machinery threw at him, he (Mahathir) tried to bring down Barisan Nasional. Ideally, he wanted to keep BN intact for his son (Mukhriz), but Tun Mahathir saw that if it took bringing it (BN) down to bury Najib under the rubble then so be it!
Mahathir’s rage did not end with just trying to bring down BN in order to ruin Najib; he enacted a scorch earth (Malaysia) plan.
A scorch earth operation is where a warring faction destroys the livelihood of the nation they want to conquer in order so that they can take over.
In this case; the scorch Malaysia plan was to have Malaysia viewed as a corrupt nation and thereby unsafe for foreign investment.
In addition, the scorch Malaysia plan also entailed making Malaysians to feel so embarrassed by how they thought the world would view them that they (Malaysians) would demand for Prime Minister Najib Razak to step down.
Tun Mahathir would do all of this because he was like a horse wearing blinders; he could only see the rage he has for Najib and his plans to put his son (Mukhriz) in position to eventually become Prime Minister.
As such, he did not care who (Lim Kit Siang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) he had to crawl into bed with to bring those goals to reality. In Mahathir’s mind the end justifies the means.
However, the problem with Tun Mahathir wearing blinders is that he could not see the reality which was around him. For example; he thought that Najib not showing up at the “Nothing to Hide” forum was out of fear. In fact, it was more of a strategic move on the part of the Prime Minister to stoke the flame of Mahathir’s ego so that he (Mahathir) would believe that he had the upper hand.
Mahathir had also missed that fact that outside of his Pakatan Harapan cohorts (and not all of them) he never got the people on his side; even the million signatures turned out to be a myth.
That is also why when it came to the Prime Minister’s lack of response over the 1MDB attacks; Mahathir could only see (1MDB) what he wanted to see. As things were, Najib never felt compelled to respond to the accusations and was quite happy to let Tun Mahathir chase after shadows in the dark.
Now it seems that Tun Mahathir is beginning to glimpse the reality of his situation; placing all his chips on 1MDB has moved his ego from an euphoric high after Nothing to Hide to now; where he has Nothing to Talk About!