The past few days have been pretty eventful for the Malaysian political scene.
There's been so many plot twists and U-turns by the politicians that we've started to wonder if we're watching some telenovella that has had too many seasons but we've invested too much time in to stop watching.
Besides the all-encompassing 'What in the world is happening?' question, we have five more that's been running in our heads since this whole saga started. Can somebody help us answer?
1) Whose side is Tun Dr Mahathir on?
It is incomprehensible that someone could have made a political move against a veteran politician like Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad - who is often referred to as a maverick.
We've had Pakatan Harapan people saying that Dr Mahathir resigned as the 7th prime minister because he didn't want to work with UMNO-PAS, then came reports by several news sites saying that he wants a 'unity government'.
Let's not forget about Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and the gang who started this whole fiasco. Azmin came out to say that those who were fired and left Parti Keadilan Rakyat were not 'traitors', something many people have called them. They were just trying to protect Mahathir from those wanting him to end his prime ministership before the end of his term.
So far, we haven't read any statements by the interim prime minister himself, so who know what's going on in his mind or what he's planning on doing next?
2) Why exactly is the Agong meeting Members of Parliament for?
On Tuesday (25 February), in an unprecedented move, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah summoned 221 Members of Parliaments (all but Dr Mahathir) to the Palace.
From what we could glean from tweets by reporters at the scene, the MPs had to fill in a form stating who they wanted as the Prime Minister.
According to Sin Chew Daily, the politicians were asked three questions:
- Do you adhere to the affidavit position you signed before?
- Do you think the parliament should be dissolved or a new government formed?; and
- Do you choose Tun Mahathir, Anwar or Muhyiddin as prime minister.
As we mentioned before, the current opposition party refused a 'unity government' if DAP is a part of it. Does this mean there will be an election?
3) If everybody wants Dr M to stay on, what's the real problem now?
Azmin Ali and the gang, Bersatu guys (who rejected Dr Mahathir's resignation as party chairman), BN and PAS have all stated their support for Dr Mahathir to remain as Prime Minister.
BN-PAS called for election because they refuse to work with DAP under a proposed 'unity government' but still said that they support Dr Mahathir.
Dr Mahathir was already the Prime Minister, so what's with all the drama?
4) Are we going to lose the Ministers who've been doing a good job?
Sure there has been issues with the Pakatan Harapan government (not that the previous one was flawless) and all the infighting within the coalition is concerning, but we can't deny that some of the ministers have done a fantastic job so far.
It will be really sad to see people like Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad, Yeo Bee Yin, Hannah Yeoh and many others who've been doing a fantastic job go.
What will happen to all planned new reforms such as decriminalisation of drugs and suicide, sexual harassment and anti-stalking law, and others once these people are gone?
5) Does anyone care about what Malaysians want?
Amidst all the drama, it feels like everyone have forgotten to ask Malaysians what we want.
Sure, Tan Sri Annuar Musa (as secretary-general of UMNO) had called for a snap election and let the people decide, but this only happened after the alleged failed coup.
There were even reports of him saying 'we have the numbers' when asked if it was the end of the road for Pakatan Harapan on 25 February.
Then there's the suggestion of a 'unity government' under the premiership of Mahathir, with all the political parties working together.
Do we really want that? Can all the parties agree to work with each other (BN-PAS has already declined to work with DAP)? Even if they wish to, how can we be sure only the best of the people from all the parties are chosen to lead the country? What will happen to all the corruption charges in court?
If Pakatan Harapan is shaky because of in-fighting, how would so many parties with such different agendas work with each other?
So.many. questions. Guess only time will tell.
Bonus question: Hari ini, Istana Negara (or other brands) nak belanja apa?
This is probably the best treatment journalists who often wait for hours for news have received in a long time.
From KFC to McDolands to nasi lemak and even the much-loved Milo from the 'lori Milo', they've been served all kinds of yummy (if unhealthy) food the past few days.
Today, Istana Negara even provided chairs and tables for those waiting outside for news.
What other comforts will the journalists receive?
Despite all the 'extra' stuff they've been getting, we know it's no joke being outside for hours in the heat, being bored out of their minds for even a small snippet of news and working for long hours.
Thank you, guys, for keeping Malaysians updated.
P.S: where do you guys go when you have to answer nature's call?