I was asked by a few reporters for my reaction on the possible return of Dr Mahathir to the Najib administration. My initial reaction was why bother about Mahathir. If we choose to ignore him long enough, he will soon realise that his era is over.
Mahathir is a Machiavellian. A realist who hides a personal agenda in his every move. Mahathir will speak about unity, multiracialism and good governance when the message suits his agenda. On the same breath, this man can turn into a racist and a bigot.
At 84, he still harbour a hope to returning as an "an unofficial advisor to the government." Najib should know better. For Mahathir, there is no such thing as "unofficial". During the Abdullah administration, he had refused to allow his successor a free reign of the government. He had insisted on the continuation of several controversial projects, his choice of deputy premier and access to decision making process at the PM's department.
Before Najib took over, he had warned the new PM of the consequences of not obtaining his endorsement for his cabinet lineup, threatening to bring him down the same way he did to Abdullah.
It is ridiculous for UMNO and BN to treat this man as a political pop star. It will be difficult for Najib to sell his reform agenda to us if he appoints Mahathir as an advisor. Malaysians who loved democracy and despise racism do not want to have anything to do with Mahathir.
Najib is taking a ticking time bomb into his administration if he accepts Mahathir as his advisor. This bomb might blow on his face anytime and destroy his own legacy. He should really learn from Abdullah's lesson.
Mahathir's involvement is a solid reason for me to root for PR's victory in both Bukit Selambau and Bukit Gantang.