‘Controversial’ meet has tongues wagging
But there are few secrets in Malaysian politics and the identities of the 22 MPs – 17 from Umno and five from PKR – at the dinner were being exposed via chat groups and social media even before they were halfway through the meal.
There was indeed a great deal of small talk, polite conversation, laughter and smiles.
But the above Umno MP said the dinner party was apparently held for Azmin to explain why Dr Mahathir should continue as Prime Minister.
Azmin felt that he needed to reassure them that Dr Mahathir is staying put. He told them that Dr Mahathir is still alert and healthy and has a lot to contribute.
He used an argument now popular among Bersatu politicians – the Opposition failed in the 2008 and 2013 general elections when Anwar was the prime minister candidate and only won in 2018 when Dr Mahathir was presented as the next prime minister.
Azmin has been busy behind the scenes the last few months.
Who else but him would have been able to persuade the Umno MPs to convene at Azmin’s house?
Whether the pair will succeed in engineering an extended term for the Prime Minister will be known before the year is out.
“My priority is my constituency especially the plan to turn some schools into vocational training institutes and the Rapid oil and gas project that will bring jobs to the locals,” said Azalina.
Sources said that Umno is unlikely to act against those who attended the dinner party because that would make the party look rather petty.Read more: The Star
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