When Dr Mahathir Mohamad sacked Anwar Ibrahim in 1998, the former prime minister had all the power and information at his disposal to ensure he made the right decision, according to an article published on Umno Online.
However, the writer noted that Mahathir now claims he had erred.
“With all the access and power to obtain information at the time, he made a wrong decision, which led to chaos in the nation and embarrassed Anwar’s family.
“So what is the possibility that Mahathir, who now has no access (to information), is surrounded by those without information and not having an intelligence team, can make the right decision about Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s administration? Impossible!” states the article.
What is not impossible, said the writer, is that Mahathir would once again stun the nation when his party Bersatu loses in the coming general election.
“Mahathir is a political chameleon who changes colour to suit his political needs.
“Today, he blames the police as the reason for sacking Anwar. Tomorrow, who else would be made scapegoats?” added the writer.
At that point, the article said Mahathir might rebuild his relationship with Najib and claim that he was misled by Muhyiddin Yassin, Mohd Shafie Apdal, Sarawak Report and the Chinese business magnates close to him.
“Mahathir is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his personal objective. Admitting his mistake in sacking Anwar will not be his last move…,” it reads.
In an interview with Sin Chew Daily, Mahathir said if he could turn time back, he would not have sacked Anwar.
“From the political point of view, I would not have done this. When I was the prime minister, I promised myself not to do anything that would make people hate me,” he said.
However, Mahathir, who is now the Pakatan Harapan chairperson, said he had no choice as the police had presented all the evidence to him in 1998.
In an interview last July, the 94-year-old former prime minister said he did not regret his decision to sack his then number two.
Anwar had always maintained that the sodomy allegation against him was fabricated by Mahathir.