|Tun Dr. Mahathir at the recent Bersih 4 rally|
I’m in the opinion that an independent poll should be conducted to survey the percentage of Malaysians who want Tun Dr. Mahathir to be back as the 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia. In 2013, not long after the ruling Barisan Nasional’s poor showing at the general election called on 5th May, the Merdeka Center study polled 600 Umno members on their sentiments towards party figures and issues which they think Umno should focus on.
Among the questions posed, respondents were asked to rate party leaders, who—apart from Dr Mahathir and Najib, included the then Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, newly minted Deputy Prime Minister cum Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein. Back then, Dr. Mahathir scored 79 per cent in satisfaction level compared to Najib who scored 69 per cent.
Almost two years to date, so much water has passed under the bridge. From 1MDB to the impact of GST to the latest RM 2.6 billion political donation fiasco which saw heads rolls and the recent Bersih 4 rally, some questions need to be asked. Are UMNO members and MPs still fond of Dr. Mahathir? Have Malaysians forgotten and forgiven the ills of his 22 years tenure as Prime Minister and take his recent doings as a sign of repentance? Will a current Member of Parliament make the sacrifice to resign to give way for Mahathir to stand in the by election? Will the people feel that with Dr. Mahathir at helm, the ills of Malaysia will be cured?
Above all, there is one thing that nobody will doubt – Dr. Mahathir’s desire to be Prime Minister again. Once too often he had hinted that he should have not resigned 12 years ago. Age is certainly not an issue. Thus, a poll will be timely to answer the question, should Dr. Mahathir be the Prime Minister again or otherwise? What say you, my dear fellow Malaysians, regardless of race and political affiliation? Will the man that created many "firsts" for Malaysia create another "for first time in history" again ? Are you ready to have him back in the driver's seat ? Yes or No ?