Salleh : Dr M is new de facto Opposition leader
PETALING JAYA: Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak said today former Premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad appears to have emerged as the new de facto Opposition leader.
“He also appears to be the head of the ‘Anti-Najib Campaign’ or ‘Save Malaysia’ campaign. And all the others appear to have given tacit approval to Mahathir’s leadership role by not nominating any other leader,” Salleh wrote in his blog.
He also asked who the movement was saving Malaysia from.
“And how can ousting the prime minister unconstitutionally be considered as saving Malaysia?
“To save Malaysia, the Constitution should be protected instead of violated, like how they are proposing to oust the prime minister.”
He said Prime Minister Najib Razak was the reason the movement was able to organise such gatherings.
He pointed out the “Save Malaysia” alliance was doomed from the start.
“We have seen Gagasan Rakyat, Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah, Barisan Alternatif, Pakatan Rakyat and now Pakatan Harapan.
“And so far, all have failed while Pakatan Harapan is struggling to prove its viability.
“And the reason they have all failed is because, as the Malays would say, they sleep in the same bed but with different dreams.
“They only want one thing — to oust the government. And that is technically what would happen when you oust the prime minister.
“Beyond that, they have not agreed on what to do. And they will never agree because each partner in that ‘Save Malaysia’ alliance has its own view as to who should take over as the new prime minister if their plan succeeds.
“And should the ‘Save Malaysia’ campaign include or exclude freeing Anwar Ibrahim from jail? Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (the PKR leader) says ‘yes’ but all the others say nothing,” he wrote in his blog.
He added Mahathir had admitted that Najib cannot be ousted from the outside.
“Therefore, Mahathir is hoping that this ‘Save Malaysia’ campaign will prove that it has the support of the rakyat and that this, in turn, would get the support of Umno.
“But Umno is very angry with Mahathir and because of that Umno is united behind Najib. So Mahathir’s move has backfired badly and is working against him.”