Social activist and blogger Mujahidin Zulkiffli claimed he first heard from “his sources” a few weeks ago about a plot from within Pakatan Harapan (PH) to oust Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“Some factions are covertly planning to pull a coup most likely via a vote of no confidence in Parliament on Tun M’s (Dr Mahathir) leadership,” Mujahidin posted on Facebook, without naming the persons involved.
He said that a former Umno minister had earlier tried to pull a coup against Dr Mahathir by organising support “for a certain future PM of Malaysia”.
Mujahidin said a current Cabinet minister then showed a photo of his family with the family of the pro-Dr Mahathir and ex-Umno minister having a holiday together.
He said this was a signal to express that a coup against the Prime Minister would not work.
According to The Star, Mujahidin confirmed he had written the Facebook post, but declined to give further information.
In his post, he did not name names but it was reported how a photo on social media showing PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and their families together on holiday overseas had tongues wagging.
“So now, another vote of no-confidence is in the planning. The Old Man (Dr Mahathir) then checks this plan by bringing seven Umno defectors into his party.
“Remember, there are about 30 more ready to jump ship,” wrote Mujahidin.
Mujahidin said his suspicions that an attempted coup was afoot was further strengthened when it was reported that PAS would support the Prime Minister in case there is a vote of no-confidence against him.
“Why would the Old Man (Dr Mahathir) make such an unpopular move to meet PAS leaders? This has to be big,” he added.
Mujahidin wrote that while many will blame Dr Mahathir for bringing Umno members into Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, they should ask why the Prime Minister, who is chairman of Bersatu, feels the need to strengthen his position.
Mujahidin did not name Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim but pointed out that there was an agreement for Dr Mahathir to serve as prime minister before handing over power to the PKR president.
“There’s no binding timeline but he himself (Dr Mahathir) kept repeating it’s two years. It’s almost a year already.
“But the thing is, not even a year and someone has pulled some moves against him at least twice,” he wrote on Facebook.
Mujahidin said Dr Mahathir’s move to pull Umno lawmakers into Bersatu will not be popular, but the strategy made sense.
“It will not be a popular move, but I get it. I’d probably do the same if someone kept trying to (stab) me from behind.
“And worse, I think he now has the numbers to turn the table completely around if that vote of no-confidence is brought up in Parliament.
“I hope no one is stupid enough to try it. You can make him a villain but you’re actually the cause of it,” he added.
On his Facebook page profile, Mujahidin identified himself as the managing director of New Malaysia Times.
He also listed his previous jobs in TalentCorp Malaysia as well as in the insurance and financial sectors.
Meanwhile, PAS Secretary-General Takiyuddin Hassan alleged that two PH component parties may have plotted to oust Dr Mahathir by way of a no-confidence vote in Parliament.
He, however, declined to reveal which “two component parties”.
In a press conference last night, Takiyuddin said PAS felt that something was not right in the way Mahathir spoke of his allies in the ruling coalition.
That was why, he said, PAS pledged to support the prime minister when he met Abdul Hadi last Friday.
“Bear in mind that we are going to sit in Parliament on March 11.
“We are not new in politics. Our president sensed something…that’s why we went to see him (Dr Mahathir),” said Takiyuddin to reporters late Sunday (Feb 17) night.
He, however, did not make it clear if it was PAS or Dr Mahathir who suggested for the party to support the PM in a vote of no confidence.
He was asked to explain the draft letter signed at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
The meeting involved Dr Mahathir, Abdul Hadi, Takiyuddin and Terengganu Mentri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar.
Dr Mahathir had claimed that the PAS leaders had signed a letter which declared that it would no longer support Barisan in the Semenyih by-election.
This has been refuted by both PAS and Barisan leaders.
For a vote of confidence to succeed in the Dewan Rakyat, it must have the support of at least 112 out of 222 MPs.
PAS currently has a total of 18 MPs in the Dewan Rakyat.
A day after the meeting took place, Mahathir claimed that PAS had undertaken not to support BN in the upcoming Semenyih polls, as the party had done in preceding by-elections.
The claim was reiterated yesterday, with Mahathir saying that he received a written agreement from Takiyuddin to that effect.
As the PAS secretary-general explained, however, the agreement was actually a draft pledge to back Mahathir with the support of its 18 MPs if Harapan allies initiated a no-confidence vote against him.
“A draft copy of the letter was given to him. In the draft, we said we would undertake to be with the prime minister if anything happened to him.”
In the latest development, Anwar said it was difficult to verify the authenticity of PAS’ claim that there are PH parties plotting a coup against Dr Mahathir when the Islamist party openly permits the act of lying when it is in the interest of the party.
However, Anwar said the matter had never been raised in his communications with the prime minister and other PH parties.
“PAS permits lying. So we do not know if their position is a lie or the truth. I wouldn’t know, you have to ask them,” he told journalists in Shah Alam today.
Anwar also claimed that PAS was trying to distract the public from scrutinising claims that the party received millions of ringgit from Umno when the latter was still in government.