To forge ahead, Dr Mahathir must exorcise ghosts of the past, say analysts

Nabihah Hamid

Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s main challenge is to win the confidence of voters that he is the man to replace Prime Minister Najib Razak and lead the country. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, March 17, 2018.

THE ghosts of Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s 22 years as prime minister must first be addressed before he can successfully convince voters Pakatan Harapan (PH) is qualified and able to take over the country, say analysts.

From criticisms he ruled with an iron fist, to the firing of his popular deputy Anwar Ibrahim in 1998, Dr Mahathir has been attempting to put the controversies of his time in power to rest.

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  • One iron fist ......the other from BN now rm6.27B IMDB to the dogs.....WHO DO THE VOTER CHOOSE BETWEEN THE TWO?

    Posted 5 years ago by Mohanarajan murugeson

  • I beg to differ with the analyst. PKR today is no more the PKR of yesteryears where Anwar was at the helm. The actions and the speeches of the new set of PKR leaders do not actually have Anwar identity tie up. They are carving out a niche for themselves now save for those of hardcore and Anwar families members which is not a number to be duly worried. I would not be surprise that Anwar when he is released, yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!obviously all PKR members will welcome his release with lots of empty noises but not the true reflections like the old days of reformation rally. Sadly Anwar incaceration has seen the true blue supporter are dwindling in numbers. The younger PKR members are not in the thick of actions like the Azmins or Ezams in those days. Azmin has gather his own supporters and has grown in strength with the capability to negotiate his own standing with anyone. He is no more in the shadow or lack of his own identity to stake a claim in the leadership. That is also much so seen with some other PKR leaders as well . Madhatir appologies are just a matter of courtesy and gesture in the code of etiquette and it has no real bearing in the consequences of acceptance by the PKR as a whole, except for non PKR party and NGOs who are still harping and grudge bearing. PKR has evolved and maybe so like a fractional of Umno in its hunger for power. War lords are springing up and and the overdue Madhatir appologies are very very far back in their very mind to hold any importance in this political landscape. Its norm that people are fast in forgettin isolated issues when a more dynamic and pressing concerns affects everyone.

    Posted 5 years ago by Lee Lee