Baru dua minggu lepas, Tun Dr Mahathir umum di London akan Tan Sri Muhyiddin sebagai bakal PM untuk pakatan baru pembangkang yang sedang diusahakan.
Bunga-bunga ketidak penerimaan parti pembangkang sudah kelihatan. Snapshot melihat Muhyiddin sengaja dilambung untuk dikencingkan.
Akhirnya terpaksa pula Muhyiddin kata dalam temuramah pada Sinar Harian bahawa dia ulang skrip lama ketika dalam UMNO untuk tak mengharap jawatan PM.
Dalam temuramah bersama Malaysiakini Mahathir pun sudah berubah ....
Mahathir: Muhyiddin fit to lead Bersatu, but the nation...
EXCLUSIVE Just two weeks ago, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad told a crowd in London that Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president Muhyiddin Yassin was the most likely choice to become the next prime minister, if the opposition wins the next general election.
However, in an exclusive interview withMalaysiakini at his office in Putrajaya last Wednesday, Mahathir appeared to have changed his tone, declining to fully commit to Muhyiddin as the prime minister, when asked if Muhyiddin was fit to lead.
"I think at the moment, with support, I think he can lead," Mahathir said, and after a quick but noticeable pause, added "the party".
"Whether he can lead the government is another matter," he continued.
The pause stood out in the interview, for, despite his advanced age, the 91-year-old was sharp and quick to answer almost all questions thrown at him, without hesitating.
As the conversation progressed, this hesitation turned into a denial when asked if Muhyiddin was his choice for the head of government.
This was unlike his words at the London lecture, when he said Muhyiddin Yassin is the top pick for prime minister if the opposition wins.
"No. I think the choice for prime minister (if the opposition wins), when the parties meet (after winning the election, it) depends on the members.
"I can't say so and so should be prime minister," he said in the interview held last week.
￼Mahathir also said, when speaking about future leaders, that a person's ability to lead can only be judged once they are in power, adding that he had "chosen the wrong leader so many times".
Observers had questioned whether Muhyiddin, a former deputy prime minister, was capable of leading the country, noting his lack of meaningful action after Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak axed him from the cabinet.
The pronouncement two weeks ago also put Mahathir and Muhyiddin at odds with Pakatan Harapan, which remains committed to jailed PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim as their man in Putra Perdana.
'Up to the members to determine'
Mahathir also said that Bersatu can survive without him and with Muhyiddin at the helm, but was quick to note that it won't always stay that way.
"It doesn't mean he (Muhyiddin) is a permanent president or anything like that. We will have elections and it is up to the members to determine whether he is fit to continue or not to continue."