Is the budget the political suicide of Anwar Ibrahim and of the Pakatan Harapan?
It appears to be the case after the backstabbing from Pejuang and Amanah.
On the other hand, it is now clear who are the MPs in the Pakatan who are close to Dr Mahathir Mohamad!
Their names are all over the social media now, and they cannot hide it anymore.
Nevertheless, for Anwar and his team, this is the worst nightmare. They miscalculated Mahathir’s move and the latter took advantage of the situation.
It was expected. One should never let Mahathir decide by himself. This is how much damage he can do to the 92 he criticised only a few days ago!
The MPs who stood up against Anwar’s command not to!
Let’s face the reality of what happened yesterday at the Parliament. Mahathir won, PH, Anwar lost.
They were short-circuited by the elderly fox.
Mahathir did not waste any time to come out with a statement claiming the PH betrayed the wishes of the people.
On social media, it is now rampant. Most PH supporters are in hiding or in denial.
It is just like the aftermath of an election in which the PH lost. It is time for jubilance for the winners, and time for sorrow for the losers.
But in this case, the loss is even bigger than losing a by-elections. It is bigger than Tanjung Piai and for Mahathir and his group; it is a massive win.
HOW WILL PH RECOVER?
The question is how will PH and Anwar recover from this massive defeat.
First, they must study what really happened yesterday. How did a government with such a weak majority in a shaky coalition in power win this battle?
The defeat for the PH is because of the actions of Mahathir. He used the situation against Anwar and his followers, including those from Amanah, stood up to give him support.
They become the heroes of the day, though some of them are saying it was not for that purpose that they stood up.
It was clear to show their support for Mahathir while they are now saying it was to defeat the budget.
The next point they must consider is whether they should continue to give tacit support to some Umno MPs?
Anwar gave an explanation that he was told the rebel Umno members will not go against the budget yesterday.
This shows how much he is counting on them, and the result is devastating.
From now on, Keadilan and the PH should dump these rebel Umno MPs. The 92 or less that they are now, should bulldoze through in Parliament and make life as difficult as possible for the regime.
Vote against the budget is another option.
Though voting against the budget will get them the tag of ‘penghianat’ as one Minister is saying, PH should now follow the wishes of the people, instead the wishes of the Umno rebel MPs.
Other than that, we can say the next elections are looming and PH is on the defensive. This means they should look into a new strategy on how to recapture the government they lost because of Mahathir’s tantrums!