When the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim bruised his administration’s reputation, he had handpicked Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who was regarded as a pious man and nicknamed “Mr Clean”, to be his number two and successor.
But when Abdullah, bolstered by the biggest ever victory for BN in his inaugural general election as prime minister in 2004, decided to deviate from the charted course and carve a legacy for himself, Dr Mahathir Mohamad became livid.
He resolved to take “Mr Clean” to the cleaners. The dagger was unsheathed and plunged into the jugular.
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