Malaysian ruling party icon Mahathir Mohamad has accused current leader Najib Razak of "destroying" the country by clinging to power despite a corruption scandal, and vowed to campaign vigorously for the opposition in coming elections.
A political observer has told me not to underestimate Tun M. The moment Najib announces to dissolve the Parliament, some of the Umno divisions might just take down the party signs overnight and replace them with those of Bersatu.
But on the flip side of the game, opposition supporters might leave in frustration with Mahathir's participation, and those already supporting Mahathir might just back off seeing him courting the opposition.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad committed the ultimate betrayal of Malaysia when he requested foreign powers to intervene and topple the government that was elected by Malaysians, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
On October 31, 2003, we bade adieu Mahathir's 22 years of autocratic rule. Thanks to his tramping of human rights, intervention of the judiciary, and outright cronyism, today our children have to pay the price to some extent for his iniquities.
So, this whole thing actually works behind a very simple logic. It doesn't matter whether he admits his mistakes or apologizes. The important thing is why this apology has been tendered after all these years.
A political party with such a narrow-minded objective can hardly go far. Moreover, there isn't actually much room now for another new entity to grow into a political party of any respectable size and influences.