Kingmaker Mahathir

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It’s unprecedented.

Not only does Dr Mahathir Mohamad have the chance to be Malaysia’s prime minister for a third time, he may very well have the support of all 222 MPs too.


Why? Because nobody has enough numbers to form a government and nominate a prime minister among them.

On the Pakatan Harapan (PH) side, PKR (39), DAP (42) and Amanah (11) have 92 MPs, 20 short of the 112 needed to form government.

On the other side, Mohamed Azmin Ali has 11 MPs (including himself) who were sacked from PKR yesterday, and alongside Bersatu (26), Umno (42) and PAS (18) have a total of 97, needing 15 more MPs for a simple majority in Dewan Rakyat.

On the Borneo side, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Parti Warisan Sabah have 18 and 9 respectively, with the rest being Upko (1), Gabungan Parti Sabah (3), Parti Sarawak (1) and one independent.

The easy answer would be for PH and Team Azmin to reach out to GPS and Warisan to form government. But this is where it’s stuck.

GPS will not work with DAP or PAS, and hence will have a problem with both sides, while Warisan will not work with PAS.

Even if PH can convince Warisan to their side, they are still short of 11.

For Team Azmin, it is similarly stuck as they can’t get GPS or Warisan because both have refused to work with PAS.

The only key left to the puzzle then is Dr Mahathir.

After all the fighting, he is the only person that all sides can accept as the viable choice to lead a new government, even if it’s a minority government.

And he has rejected working with everyone from Umno due to their corrupt practices.

Everyone believes Borneo lawmakers are the kingmakers. But it is Dr Mahathir who is the kingmaker now. – TMI