COMMENT It has been said that nothing is permanent in politics. But in Pakatan Harapan, one thing is clear – Anwar Ibrahim will succeed Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister.
Everyone in Harapan, and Malaysians who voted for the coalition, expect that one agreement to remain intact. Well, it is not wrong to state that has been cast in stone and accepted by all who matter in the new Harapan government.
Even Mahathir himself has reiterated that Anwar will be his successor. The only question is the timing. Mahathir had said that it could be earlier or later than two years.
So Anwar will wait. And he had said that he would. Even his ever loyal spouse, Dr Wan Azizah Ismail, had also declared that “Anwar is patient and can wait because if he wasn’t prepared to wait, he would not have gone to Sungai Buloh”.
Meantime, what is Anwar’s role? Oh, he has a lot on his plate, he says. Anwar has been diplomatic and respectful of Mahathir, saying that he will be assisting the new prime minister.
So far, Anwar has been visiting the sultans, and he has rightly explained why he had done so. Then, he also said that he would be giving lectures overseas.
As I see it, Anwar has no definite role in the Mahathir administration. He is neither...