SERDANG: Veteran Umno leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has a lot of experience dealing with parties that have “imploded”, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“He has a lot of experience with Semangat 46.
“So he knows all about it, he imploded,” he told a press conference after attending the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia extraordinary general meeting here yesterday.
Dr Mahathir was responding to Tengku Razaleigh who said that there was a possibility that the Pakatan Harapan coalition would implode following the internal squabble involving two top PKR leaders Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
Tengku Razaleigh formed a splinter party, Semangat 46, in 1989 after a fallout with Dr Mahathir in a contest for the Umno president’s post.
Tengku Razaleigh eventually disbanded Semangat 46 in 1996, and rejoined Umno with most of his former party members.
Talk has been rife that Azmin, who is Economic Affairs Minister, was targeted with the viral sex video scandal in an attempt to undermine his chances of becoming the next prime minister.
In February, Anwar said he expected to be made prime minister in no more than two years’ time.
Tengku Razaleigh, who is Gua Musang MP, said he doubted Anwar’s claims that he had adequate support from MPs in taking over from Dr Mahathir as the nation’s eighth premier.
Tengku Razaleigh said Dr Mahathir, as the current Prime Minister, probably had better knowledge on the internal developments involving Anwar and Azmin.
“Well, he is the big chief you know. So, I’m sure he knows which way things are going,” he said.