So, who is going to be the next PM?

Azmin and Hishammuddin holidaying in Morocco

By John Isaac

For many, talk of a rift between Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Datuk Seri Azmin Ali may have been nothing more than political gossip - till recently - when both men made it glaringly obvious.

While we may brush it off as merely something personal between the two, we cannot ignore the political implications such a rivalry will have and how this will effect the future of the nation.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad made it clear over the weekened that he is only a "temporary Prime Minister" and would be handing over the position to his successor when the time comes.

There has even been talk that his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah was also pressuring Dr Mahathir to take his long, needed rest.

Yes indeed, Tun needs his rest and has done enough for the nation, but the question is who is ready to take over?

Is Anwar capable enough to lead the nation or is his rift with Azmin going to escalate to something far bigger and lead the Pakatan Harapan coalition to becoming nothing more than a BN 2.0?

Also, numerous questions have arisen following pictures of Azmin and former Umno vice-president, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein holidaying together in Morocco with their families.

Is there some sort of negotiations going on and what does this mean for Anwar?

According to PKR insiders, the most recent meeting between Anwar and Azmin did not end too well with Azmin allegedly telling his boss that he would go against him in years to come.

To this, Anwar reacted, saying that he was ready to take him (Azmin) on.

Soon after that incident, Azmin left to perform the umrah and from Mecca, he tweeted that he prayed for Dr Mahathir to live a long life so he could lead the nation.

Reading between the lines, this tweet caused numerous ripples as it was clear that Azmin wanted Mahathir to continue his rule.

The childish squabble continued with Anwar later taking a dig at Azmin, tweeting "If only some people focused more on growing the economy and less on politicking".

A clear swipe at Azmin as he is the Economic Affairs Minister.

During the recent party election, Azmin's team clinched all but five of the 20 supreme council positions and as a result, only two of those appointed were aligned to Azmin.

The major upset to team Azmin was of course the appointment of Anwar's blue-eyed boy, Rafizi Ramli as a vice-president.

This was a clear blow to Azmin who had earlier defeated him for the number two position.

Numerous questions now arise - was Azmin's meeting with Hishammuddin in Morocco an indication of who is going to be PM and DPM and what is Anwar going to do about the impending threat from Azmin?

As far as Dr Mahathir is concerned, he seems to be standing firm with the succession plan to hand over the premiership to Anwar and this he announced at an important venue - the Bersatu AGM.

Whatever their political motives and aspirations, we as the rakyat simply hope that these leaders iron out their issues amicably and not at the expense of the rakyat.

The rakyat have had enough under the BN rule and certainly do not want a repetition of that.

What is important for us is our daily bread and butter and a better economy for our kids. If you cannot guarantee us that, then be sure that the rakyat will find someone who can.