No Power Struggle between Anwar Ibrahim and Dr. Mahathir Mohamad: That is Political Talk, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin


September 8, 2018

No Power Struggle between Anwar Ibrahim and Dr. Mahathir Mohamad: That is Political Talk, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

INTERVIEW | Pakatan Harapan must be in a stronger position when the transition of power between prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and PKR president-elect chief Anwar Ibrahim takes place, according to Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Bersatu President said the transfer should be done at the right time and in an orderly fashion. Anwar, he said, has respect for Mahathir and there was no issue of a power struggle between the two Harapan leaders.

“There is no debate among Harapan leaders that Anwar will become the eighth Prime Minister after Mahathir, as it has been decided. The only question that arises is ‘when’.

“But there had been signals. Anwar himself had stated that he would give time to Mahathir so that the main tasks of forming a government, tackling issues and introducing policies could be carried out,” he said in an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini yesterday.


Muhyiddin was commenting on the power transition issue which arose following allegations of a plot to prevent Anwar from assuming the premiership, though the transition had been previously been decided on by all Harapan parties.

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There is mutual distrust between the two leaders and old scores to settle. This coalition is fragile now that the common enemy, Najib Razak and UMNO Baru, has been defeated. The premiership is not Anwar’s birthright. And furthermore, the Prime Minister has not give up his prerogative to appoint a successor. –Din Merican

‘When the time comes’

Muhyiddin said he had known Anwar for a long time, and knows that Anwar is qualified to become a Prime Minister.

“He is a person who has vast experience. I don’t have to mention that as everyone knows who Anwar Ibrahim is. He is not new (to Malaysia politics).

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The Prime Minister and his Economics Minister, Azmin Ali, have forged a strong partnership in pursuance of the new Malay Agenda

“The people know him and I know that he is fit to be the prime minister.But that will happen when the time comes, when, I hope, the transition can be done in an orderly manner. It should be at the right time when we are in a stronger condition. And as long as Mahathir is healthy and capable of carrying out his duties, I don’t think Anwar would tell him to step down for him. I don’t think that is Anwar’s attitude or culture.”

On reports that Anwar said he would stand with the opposition if the Harapan government were to be embroiled in corruption, Muhyiddin said he believed that Anwar did not mean that he would join BN.

“In my opinion, he meant well. He wants to reprove (the coalition) so that the current administration can be improved. He is not telling off (the coalition) with the intention of destroying (Harapan).

“This is a new government, there is a lot that needs improving. We need to focus on fixing whatever weaknesses we have,” he said.

This interview was jointly conducted by Haris Mohd, Al-Abror Mohd Yusuf, Norman Goh, and Mauricia Grace.


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4 thoughts on “No Power Struggle between Anwar Ibrahim and Dr. Mahathir Mohamad: That is Political Talk, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

  1. PKR should discipline YB Kapar for sowing discord within PH. BN is still waiting in the wing to see the collapse of PH so that it can make a come back with PAS and PKR.

  2. Time will tell who will succeed Tun. At the rate Rafizi is pushing Anwar’s next move is unbecoming. Rafizi is causing damage to the newly elected government because of his ego and trying to champion the cause as a “kingmaker” The same ‘kingmaker’ failed in his Kajang move and now this hide and seek game of who vacates the seat and where Anwar is going to contest makes us feel sick to read every other day.

    Before this, Sani, Johari and Selayang MP went on to “BODEK” by voluntarily vacating their seats. Now this clown, Rafizi keeps harping on the same thing again and again. It looks so stupid of this guy to keep drumming the same thing which irritates people.

  3. It will be interesting to see when Anwar takes over. PKR is muti-racial although predominantly Malay. Bersatu is Malay. Anwar and PKR leadership will mean sidelining almost all hegemonist. Can Bersatu live with playing second or third fiddle?

    Its not Anwar-Mahathir that is the issue, it’s Bersatu role post Mahathir that is the question?

    • UMNO had used money, race and religion to keep itself in power for 60 over years and the people are still dived over race and religion.
      The New Economic Policy (NEP) and the New Economic Model (NEM) do not address the problem of economic disparity and poverty. It is only goes to serve the interests of the chosen few, meaning those who get contracts and those who sit in positions where they can become rent seekers and kleptocrats.
      Sabah had it Sabah Foundation where the proceeds will go towards education and dividents to the Sabahans.To help the B$0 OF ALL RACES, RELIGION AND CREED, should we not start with a Khazanah Foundation where Malaysians in the B40 group will be engaged in the activities of the Foundation and benefiting from the economic activities created.

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