Much has been said on who will be the next Prime Minister after Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Speculation after speculation has been made on who will become the next PM.
But who among them will be the best PM for the rakyat?
Let us take a look.
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
If Barisan Nasional wins the next general elections, the top choice for future Prime Minister would be Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
As cousin to Datuk Seri Najib, political analysts said Hishammuddin would be the obvious choice.
The speculation is further strengthened when Hishammuddin was appointed as Special Functions Minister.
Hishammuddin has been groomed from day one and through out his carreer he has been appointed as minister of Home, Transport, Sports and now Defence Minister.
Hishammuddin’s career also shone during the MH370 tragedy when he handled the tragedy well earning accolades from the rakyat as well as in the international scene.
As UMNO vice president and UMNO Supreme Council member and at a relatively young age of 56, Hishamuddin could be the logical choice to become Malaysia’s next Prime Minister.
Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali
If Pakatan Harapan wins the 14th general elections, PKR Deputy President Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali is in the running to become the country’s next PM.
This is because Azmin has all the right criterias to become the next PM.
Azmin has an excellent track record managing Selangor as the state has a budget surplus of more than RM4 billion.
Azmin’s image is also good among top party leaders and the grassroots.
At 52, Azmin is PM material compared to his mentor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who is 70 years old.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president is also 70 years old is expected to be Azmin’s Deputy Prime Minister.
Azmin has been long regarded as the blue eye boy of Malaysian politics and is also close to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Azmin is endearing to the rakyat, always humble, articulate and carries himself well where ever he goes.
Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Some say the logical choice to become PM would obviously be Zahid as he is already Deputy Prime Minister.
Zahid is chosen by Najib and they have been close friends for many years.
But is Zahid fit to become Prime Minister?
Only the rakyat has the answer.
But Zahid is already popular among the rakyat.
Zahid is an ultra Malay always championing Bumiputera rights.
But he is also fair to other races.
Zahid is already a hit among the rakyat especially in rural areas.
His speeches are full of Quranic verses endearing him to the rakyat.
So don’t discount him yet.
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim
As a veteran of Malaysian politics, Anwar Ibrahim is also a top choice.
However, he will only be released in 2019.
Following that, Anwar needs to be elected as a member of parliament or be sworn in as senator, a position he lost when he was sentenced to jail.
Only then can he become PM.
Although a royal pardon from the Yang Di Pertuan Agung is now being pursued, there is no guarantee that Anwar will be released from prison anytime soon.
And at 70 years old, time is also not Anwar’s side.
Furthermore, Tun Dr Mahathir and Muhyiddin are not so keen to see Anwar as the next PM.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
If Pakatan Harapan wins the upcoming general elections, Tun Mahathir could also make a comeback and become PM.
But at 92-years old, Tun M will not have time on his side.
Further more, his frequent U-turns might have upset the rakyat.
His joining the Pakatan Harapan has already upset his supporters at UMNO.
Not only that, some Pakatan Harapan supporters are also dissatisfied with him joining Pakatan Harapan.
A huge number of Pakatan Harapan members have already quit the coalition as a sign of protest.
If Tun M were to become PM, more and more Pakatan Harapan members will resign.
But Tun Mahathir already said he would only assume the position for 2 years to put the
country back in order.
After that, he will relinquish his post.
So will Tun M become PM?
Only the rakyat can decide.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
Tan Sri Muhyiddin is a veteran in Malaysian politics with a sizable number of supporters.
However if Pakatan Harapan wins the next general elections, Muhyiddin is likely to become Deputy Prime Minister and Azmin will become PM.
It is hard for Muhyiddin to become PM as he is ex-UMNO.
Pakatan Harapan members will be suspicious of every ex-UMNO member such as Tun Mahathir and Muhyiddin.
Dr Wan Azizah? Mukhriz? Lim Kit Siang?
What about PKR President Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PPBM deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and Lim Kit Siang?
As for Wan Azizah and Lim Kit Siang their chances are pretty slim as the rakyat is tired with both of them.
Kajang folk are already upset with Wan Azizah for the Kajang move and Mukhriz may be too young to become the next PM.
As for Lim Kit Siang, it would be hard to convince the Malays to allow a non-Malay to become PM.
Lim Kit Siang would also be aware that it is hard for a non-Malay to become PM.
So if Pakatan Harapan wins, they can be appointed as Cabinet Ministers.
The road ahead is smooth for BN
Be it Hishammuddin or Zahid, the road ahead is smooth for BN.
This is because BN is stable and the in-fighting is under control.
Support from the grassroots is solid and whoever becomes PM, the transition will be orderly.
This is important for the rakyat to avoid chaos as well as disturbances.
When the leaderships change is smooth, the rakyat will be happy.
When there is political stability in the country, investors will come.
And this will ensure economic growth for the rakyat and the country.
Pakatan Harapan can’t even agree with each other on who will become PM
Pakatan Harapan meanwhile is still undecided and is all over the place.
In a Bernama report on July 14, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said Pakatan Harapan has yet to decide who will lead the party and become PM.
Pakatan Harapan leadership appears to be steered by many, many captains which is not good in the eyes of the rakyat.
Pakatan Harapan leaders can’t even decide on whether they agree or disagree with BR1M.
The rakyat will see this as a sign of disunity.
Until Pakatan Harapan could be united and reach a consensus, it would be hard for Pakatan Harapan to appoint a PM, let alone lead the country.