IF and WHEN Anwar Ibrahim becomes Prime Minister on 16 September (mSTAR); his former boss, Mahathir Mohammad plans to migrate.
Mahathir will be joining the ranks of thousands of Malaysians who migrate every year. Poor Malaysia.
One thinks that Mahathir loathes being in a country ruled by his former deputy, whom he tried so hard to eliminate, as far back as 1998 (aka sodomy I).
But alas, I believe he plans to leave the country for fear that the current repressive laws – from ISA to OSA, Sedition, Sodomy, Emergency, etc – would be used against him instead.
Dictators never learn that the same laws that put them in power may some day become the noose around their necks.
Laws which they summon at their whims and fancies to send political dissidents and social activists behind bars. They forget they may become the Opposition one day, too, like Mahathir.
Mahathir also says he does not want a man who “stepped him in the back” while being his deputy to run the country. We respect his opinion, but this is getting too personal.
It appears now that Mahathir had been ‘sodomised’ by Anwar, too, in those years when they were at the country’s top leadership, both happily in cohorts, while screwing away the various public institutions .
But it is uncertain, whether the act (sodomy) was consensual or otherwise.
The former PM’s statement was reported in Malay daily Mingguan Malaysia last night, where he also predicted that Anwar will not have a chance to be PM come September 16, although he might be able to win Permatang Pauh.
Mahathir is becoming such an oracle these days.
Anwar, on the hand, becomes benevolent and says he has ‘forgiven’ Mahathir, but still questioned the sodomy charges against him.
The question is whether Anwar would launch his revenge on Mahathir if ever he becomes PM. That I believe is the one and only deciding factor whether Mahathir migrates or not.
It’s not really migration that Mahathir is thinking about or plans to seek, but political asylum, when the un-imaginable or (to some) inevitable happens on the much hyped about 1609 (Malaysia Day).
Anwar turns 61 yesterday, and is gearing himself up for the by-election (not bi-erection, ok!) of his life, from 16-26 August 2008.
“On 27 August I enter Parliament, on the 30 August the PM presents the 2008 Budget, then we shake the Parliament and take over the government” (Anwar).
Talk about positive thinking, an impending coup and the father of all brain-drain!