Bersatu president Tan Sri Mahiaddin Yassin who is also PN head and Pagoh MP is far off from being Malaysia’s best man to shape Malaysia’s future.
This is why Bersatu information chief Datuk Razali Idris’ defence over Mahiaddin falters away.
Razali defended party president Tan Sri Mahiaddin Yassin’s U-turn in deciding to defend his top post a day after announcing he is backing out.
Razali who is also Kijal state assemblyman and Terengganu exco claimed that Mahiaddin is the sole leader who can give Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim a run for his money.
In fending of the criticism from BN and PH, Razali claimed that the ruling coalition component leaders are afraid that no one aside from Mahiaddin can match up to Anwar.
“I think when government parties including the DAP question Mahiaddin’s actions, it is because they are afraid that no one can stand up against PMX,” he said in reference to Anwar’s moniker.
“Mahiaddin doesn’t behave like PMX, clean from controversies, with sound knowledge in economy and religion, he is also the son of a cleric and appears to be a statesman.”
Democracy and economy under Mahiaddin
Mahiaddin in his 17 months as prime minister would at best be described as a prime minister in transition. His term in office was only only longer than his successor, Tan Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob by two months.
In that 17 months he used the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to stop the parliament from functioning for the longest time.
One reason for that is also due to the Agong’s request that he test his majority in the Dewan Rakyat.
Isn’t that an act that is detrimental to the parliamentary democracy of Malaysia?
Was he excellent in steering the economy? Mahiaddin allowed the withdrawal from the Employment Provident Fund several times to the extent that many hardly had savings for their sunset years.
Compare that to Singapore at that same period, sourcing out funds externally and depositing it directly into the people’s accounts.
One must take Razali’s praises of Mahiaddin with a pinch of salt. Post general election, it is clear that Mahiaddin isn’t as clean as he claims to be. The only smart thing he did to manage his dirty laundry is allowing his son-in-law to manage them.
Hence, Mahiaddin is not on the police’s wanted list.