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Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has a plan, a great sense of humor, a huge sarcastic smile and many hidden intentions, but he may have misused his tactics for this election as he is approaching the end of his career. political career.
Mahathir now stands alone after failed “talks” with both the Pakatan Harapan and Perikatan Nasional coalitions ahead of the polls.
Dumped by both parties and despised by the Barisan Nasional for his massive role in ending their six-decade rule in 2018, Mahathir rallied an irregular group of extremists and fringe politicians behind a hastily formed party, the Gerakan Tanah Air, to lead in the November 19 elections.
If Mahathir has a new game plan in this election, it will be quite a task for him to succeed, as Mahathir’s call for help to return as prime minister for a third time has gone awry, turning all the top weapons against him.
Malaysia has seen a record number of candidates for the 222 parliamentary seats. As many as 845 candidates will compete for a seat in parliament in the 15th general election.
The largest opposition group, the Pakatan Harapan, has put together the most candidates for the parliamentary seats with 206 men and women.
They are followed by Barisan Nasional, 178, Perikatan Nasional, 149, and Mahathir’s party Pejuang, 116.
Other candidates come from Parti Warisan (52), Gabungan Parti Sarawak (31), PAS (22), Parti Rakyat Malaysia (16), Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (13), Parti Sarawak Bersatu (10), Putra (9), DAP ( 8), Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat (7), Muda (6), Parti Bangsa Malaysia (5) and Parti Bangsa Dayak Sarawak (3).
On the other hand, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah, Parti Sedar Rakyat Sarawak, Parti Sosialis Malaysia, Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah, Parti Bumi Kenyalang and Parti Utama Rakyat each have a candidate for parliamentary seats.
A total of 108 independent candidates competed in the November 19 elections, setting another record for the highest number of independent candidates in the history of the country’s general election.
Reverse game plan
All this shows how difficult it is for Mahathir to compete with larger coalitions.
While the old TBEN fielded so many candidates, most of them stand no better chance of winning than the PH of Anwar Ibrahim, Mahathir’s nemesis, and the BN led by Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, with whom the non-year-old is locked in a ‘ ethnic wrestling.
Mahathir resigned as prime minister in February 2020, preventing Anwar from becoming prime minister as promised, breaking a public promise made on numerous occasions, a political ‘sin’ that will haunt Mahathir in these elections.
Meanwhile, Zahid accuses Mahathir of hiding his true identity and claims the elderly politician is an “Indian” posing as a “Malay”.
Nevertheless, it is what netizens are openly saying on social media that contributes to the many miseries Dr. Mahathir in this election is facing.
Not only is the election an uphill battle for him, he is losing the support of the non-Malays who gave him the benefit of the doubt in 2018. They voted for him in Langkawi and there is no guarantee they would vote for him in the area around this time.
With the ‘betrayal’ of his own coalition and his current campaign against the PH, he alienates more people against him and netizens dig into Mahathir’s past to declare clearly that they will bury his political formation and the old man gets together in the elections .
Mahathir has been called by many names and there has been widespread mistrust of his ‘promises’ on social media networks since he left PH after just two years in power.
He did nothing to repair the damage to his image that had been done, especially among non-Malays and, to a lesser extent, younger Malaysians.
Recently, Mahathir decided to go after Anwar and PH, claiming that they are in cahoots with his other nemesis in the BN.
Mahathir is touring the country alleging that Anwar has promised to release convicted ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak and acquit Umno leader Zahid Hamidi of all charges in court.
Many people associate Mahathir’s words with those of an elderly, sour, and senile man.
They say his political career is over and he was given a huge and unique opportunity to redeem himself by the voters and Anwar’s family and friends in the PH, but he spat in the plate where he was fed and betrayed everyone.
One can only wonder how the GTA and Mahathir will overcome these heavy burdens and then win the election or even propel Mahathir as prime minister.
To prevent Anwar from coming to power, Mahathir made the wrong decision in 2020 and has taken countless wrong turns since then.
When his most powerful minister, Azmin Ali, was accused of sodomy by a “boyfriend” in a viral video, Mahathir stood by him instead of firing him.
He dismissed the PH manifesto as a bunch of nonsense and appointed people vehemently opposed to Anwar for top positions, possibly to annoy the PH leader.
But Anwar was patient and this seems to be paying off for the once imprisoned leader. Mahathir was not a reformist and will remain a traditionalist. His plan now is to halt the reforms that the PH can and will bring to the country.
For the old TBEN it might be a little too late for his game plan to get to work this time.
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