PORT DICKSON — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today warned PKR’s leadership to be careful of opportunists seeking to advance their self-interests by entering Pakatan Harapan’s ranks.
He quoted the old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.
“In our rush of victory, the opportunists have begun to encircle us, and in our own complacency we permitted them to slip through our ranks,” Dr Mahathir said in his speech to PKR’s central and grassroots leadership at the start of the party’s three-day retreat at the Lexis Hibiscus resort.
He said such opportunists’ objectives are clear, to enrich themselves and fan the flames of conflict between Pakatan Harapan’s members if those personal agendas are being blocked.
“Until today we are still struggling to combat the enemy within (musuh dalam selimut) and sometimes the sabotage they wreak is capable of bringing down the government, lest we fail to handle it,” Dr Mahathir said.
He claimed the Opposition remains unable to accept the fact they were rejected by the public for their misdeeds and thievery.
“So when they see weaknesses among our ranks, they will exploit it as much as possible while appearing to fight for the rakyat’s sake.
“Indeed among their strategies is to claim they were slandered over scandals involving 1MDB, Felda, and Tabung Haji. They magnify our mistakes and when the rakyat is sufficiently angered, they can claim they were being slandered with none of the stories being true,” Dr Mahathir said.
He also reminded the assembled PKR leaders to not be distracted by matters that are irrelevant to the country’s direction and development.
“We do not have much time to fulfill our promises and responsibilities to the nation.
“The power entrusted to us by the people is to repair what have been damaged and rectify what have been wronged, no more and no less,” Dr Mahathir said.
He reminded leaders to ask themselves what people would think of them if all they saw was conflict and discord over power struggles.
“We will lose power this way. To all Pakatan leaders, be it PKR, Bersatu, Amanah, and DAP, we cannot let this happen.
“We must press on to work as much as humanly possible in developing the country and to ease the lives of the rakyat,” he said.
– Malay Mail
Where’s Azmin? PKR deputy absent from party retreat amid tensions with Anwar
When prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrived at 8.45pm sharp, only Anwar, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and several other senior PKR leaders cordially greeted him at the lobby.
After giving his speech to the assembled PKR leaders, Dr Mahathir was questioned by the press about Azmin’s absence.
“That is his business. It is none of my concern,” was all he would say on the matter.
Earlier today, banners were spotted around Port Dickson town demanding Dr Mahathir resign as prime minister and let Anwar take over.
The banners, reading Mahathir letak jawatan, serah negara pada Anwar (Step down Mahathir, hand over the country to Anwar), could be seen on a bridge and along Batu 4.
Azmin and Anwar have engaged in a war of words, after the latter said Azmin should resign as Economic Affairs minister if the individual in the video was irrefutably proven to be him.
In turn, Azmin told Anwar to take a good look at himself before passing judgement on anyone else.
– Malay Mail