Will Dr Mahathir and Anwar finally work together to re-form the PH govt?

FORMER prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad seems very determined to work with his once arch political rival Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, now what about the latter? Is he convinced enough with the former’s sincere invitation to work together?

Can we be certain that this time around political legends Dr Mahathir and Anwar will actually sit down and decide not just to work together but be willing to make sacrifices for each other in order for Pakatan Harapan (PH) to return to Putrajaya come the 15th General Election (GE15)?

Dr Mahathir has indicated his interest in working with his protégé who was also his deputy prime minister to stop those that intend to destroy the country. 

“I believe we both share a common goal and if I have to make the first move, I will do it,” said Dr Mahathir in a video posted on social media and seems unbothered about comments by netizens labelling him as shameless for working with his once arch political enemy Anwar. 

Anwar on the other hand had previously turned down an offer of a cooperation with his former boss saying he was not convinced of Dr Mahathir’s stance emphasising on his inconsistency. 

“It’s all right. We will continue to monitor (what Dr Mahathir says). Next week, he will have a different (stance),”  he was reported as saying during PH’s presidential council meeting on Oct 12. 

During GE14, when Mahathir and Anwar joined forces to get rid of the then Barisan Nasional (BN) Government, all went wonderfully well.  Both seasoned politicians seemed to have buried the hatchet and worked together for the sake of the country when Pakatan formed the Government in 2018. 

However, the PH Government didn’t last partly because of Mahathir’s refusal to hand over his reign to Anwar as prime minister in 2018.  Anwar, served as deputy prime minister from 1982 to 1998, before being sacked and henceforth charged and imprisoned for sodomy and corruption.  – Oct 21, 2022


Main photo credit: The Straits Times 

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