Politicians obsessed with PM succession plan

Who really is behind all this hype and intense speculation on when – or whether – Mahathir will relinquish his position as Prime Minister, wonders JD Lovrenciear.

Much time, energy and patience is being wasted and tested with politicians and the media increasingly focusing on when the current prime minister will step aside and pass the baton to his successor.

That in itself is sending jitters among potential investors while fuelling unnecessary speculation about Anwar Ibrahim not becoming the next leader of the nation.

Does it really make any significant difference whether Dr Mahathir Mohamad relinquishes his leadership role now or two or three years down the road?

After all, is Mahathir not doing much to helm the bunch of inexperienced cabinet ministers given the fact that there are those who never were in the seat of government?

Who really is behind all this hype and intense speculation on when – or whether – Mahathir will relinquish his position as Prime Minister? Why do certain individuals keep insisting he will hand over the baton to Anwar? Why do the ministers in the Pakatan Harapan government keep reminding us that Mahathir will hand over the reins to Anwar?

All this spotlight on Mahathir and Anwar is not doing the nation any good. At some point, the world is going to make comments or react in a manner that will not augur well for all Malaysians. It is time elected leaders cut this unnecessary focus on the succession plan.

It is time we realise that if our politicians cannot throw their weight behind Mahathir and get on with their respective responsibilities in building the “new Malaysia”, the people are going to despair and surely react – like it or not.

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