KUCHING: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should not be allowed to become Malaysia’s prime minister for a third time, said political observer Datuk Peter Minos.
Minos said Dr Mahathir’s no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Muhyiddin Yassin in parliament on May 18 will not see the light of day.
He said the Speaker could use his discretion and reject the motion.
“If the motion is on, and I say if, it will fail because Muhyiddin has 114 Members of Parliament (MPs) backing him or even more, out of the 222 MPs.
“The mood among Malaysians now is that Perikatan Nasional (PN) government is doing pretty well and likeable, unlike the failed Pakatan Harapan under Tun Dr Mahathir which deeply disappointed Malaysians,” said Minos.
He added that Dr Mahathir, who had done all he could during his two terms as prime minister for a combined period of 25 years, should use his wisdom to retire gracefully from politics and just become an elderly statesman.
“We Malaysians will surely respect him for that. But if he challenges Muhyiddin, I would not know how Malaysians feel, but it is certainly not too nice or pleasing,” added Minos.
According to Minos, PH was no longer wanted for all its known and proven weaknesses and for not keeping its words and promises and not doing the things it should have done.
“For us in Sarawak, we cannot forget nor forgive how terrible the DAP/PH especially Lim Guan Eng was towards Sarawak,” he said.
There are speculations that if Muhyiddin lost the support of the majority in Parliament, then Dr Mahathir would be appointed prime minister for a third time at the expense of PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.