Dr Mahathir’s plan good on paper, tricky in reality

Jahabar Sadiq

Interim prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his office on Tuesday, a day after his resignation. Dr Mahathir wants to set up a non-partisan government, which is likely to exclude his former Pakatan Harapan allies. – EPA pic, February 27, 2020.

SUCCESSION, accountability and viability. Those are the three issues that bedevil Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s non-partisan government plan that is now gaining ground as a balm to the nation’s political crisis.

While the plan looks good on paper, bringing in apolitical technocrats and bright politicians possibly from all parties for national reconciliation would in a way repeat what Muhyiddin Yassin and Azmin Ali tried to set up on Sunday.

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  • Its not a feasible plan. The whole parliamentary system will deteriorate to the possibility of authoritarian rule.

    Posted 6 months ago by G.Selva Ganeson

  • This plan will probably see UMNO and PAS being enrolled into the cabinet, a scenario dreaded by the people. So, what can Tun do to assure such will not happen. Without any assurance Tun's plan is just fishy!

    Posted 6 months ago by Tanahair Ku

  • Not feasible, it'll be Emperor M with a bunch of eunuchs.

    Posted 6 months ago by A Subscriber

  • Its an authoritarian govt. similar to Republic system like in Indonesia, elected President takes all. Democracy is dead with the unity govt.by name, actually it's a one man govt. No check and balance , he claims to be only for the interest of the country. What if the word 'country' changed to 'my cronies'? He can act, cry, plead for empathy, put up short movies in the past. All this make me feel shivering down my spine. What he dare not do?

    Posted 6 months ago by James Wong

  • I would rather trust Anwar, who may not be a tactician or strategist but at least he is honest, caring for the poor and underprivilege, very patience now, more predictable and trustworthy. All who opposed him in the past are all crooks. All who wanted Anwar dead has disappointed Malaysians in the past, so no risk to give Anwar a chance , long past due appointment.

    Posted 6 months ago by James Wong

  • What happens if Mahathir kicks the bucket while in office? Can the non partisan government hold? All the in-fighting will start again. The best thing is for our elderly Mahathir to just retire from government and let the younger leaders decide which direction they want to take the country. Its Time for him to let go.

    Posted 6 months ago by Elyse Gim

  • Mahathir says something else n do something else in the BACKDOOR.

    Posted 6 months ago by Lucky Boy

  • How many are OK with the possibility of Azmin and Zuraidah being appointed to the unity cabinet? What if Azmin is named the DPM?

    Posted 6 months ago by J R