28 July 2011
He'll sure remember this song, it was from his time and it was an Elvis Number, "It's now or never" and those 4 words hold a lot of meaning to Mohd. Najib now more then it ever did.
Najib Tun Abdul Razak is going in for a big shock, it may even be the cause of Mahathir Mohammed suffering a severe heart attack, I would not want to speculate more on that score, and to avoid that he -Najib, has to be extra careful in the selection of who stands where, in the next General Elections, not in the component parties but particularly in UMNO as deals have been struck to dump him come the next elections.
This should not come as a shock to many Malaysians, as he was not really the rightful heir to the position of Prime Minister when Badawi was moved aside. For the "RAHMAN" equation to have been settled it had to be someone whose name began with the alphabet "N" but what the entire country forgot is that his name began with a "M" his name is Mohd. Najib.
UMNO insiders close to Najib say Mahahtir was aware of this and as such worried that Badawi who had removed Rafidah Aziz would do the same to Najib and Muhyuddin and replace them with Nazri to remain Prime Minsiter for the long term.
Now as some superstitious UMNO people are talking, because of what has happened they say, the next cycle has begun prematurely, and the new equation is "MAHATHIR" he - Najib, has occupied the "M" prematurely and as such the next PM's name will begin with an "A" and that should mean Anwar Ibrahim they believe..
Some UMNO circles believe that Anwar is the ordained one to become Prime Minister, they say if he does not this nation is doomed, this belief is not only confined to those who have left UMNO but with many who remain there, and they hold firm to the fact that Anwar will be back because that is his destiny, they even go as far as saying that is why the entire "RAHMAN" equation fell apart, it is a curse they say and that is a sign for all the Malays.
Within UMNO there is talk about who should be dumped come the next elections, and overtures have been made by existing members from UMNO to cross over. Najib has actually got a Hobson's choice to deal with, he may have to take all the people aligned with Muhyuddin or face the wrath of Muhyuddin's supporters, if he does that then he has to reckon with his own supporters who do not support Muhyuddin and of course he has the Kuli factor to deal with too, poor Najib.
Going it alone he does not have too much choice, he lacks the ground support Muhyuddin has raked in during Najib's tenure as PM.
Now to add insult to injury both in Sarawak and Sabah there are potential candidates who know that the only way to serve their people is to go with the opposition, they now reside in the BN fold and are awaiting their time.
The opposition have learned their lesson from the last elections and the elections when Semangat and PBS had a coalition so, now they have decided to play it cool and quiet, and whilst Najib goes on his rampage of the opposition = the opposition is on a quiet rampage of the BN themselves in a vote us or vote them it does not make a difference campaign in the Eastern corridor.
Doubtful seats like Sungei Siput have been strengthened for the opposition with the detention of their MP under the EO. Neutrals are moving to the opposition as Najib together with his not so intelligent cousin tries all the wrong things in desperation.
Surprising though the UMNO's intelligence unit that used to garner all the information for their bosses and keep them fully appraised of such situations does not seem to be that intelligent anymore, the people are not giving them the news they once used to acquire so easily. Now it seems they are more preoccupied with finding out what Ambiga is after next and all intelligence is lacking in the handling of the situations that arise.
It could also mean that UMNO intelligence reports are being channeled to others in UMNO and not the Najib camp.
If UMNO was shocked by the results of the last elections the next one is going to be a disaster, a complete disaster.
The Rosmah Factor
Picture before plastics
Perhaps the biggest ace up Muhyuddin's sleeve is Rosmah.
This self proclaimed "First Lady," is being touted as a woman who does not know her place. The Malays in general, are disgusted with her behaviour and this could be Najib's biggest mistake, his inability as a Malay husband to keep her in place so they say.
Rosmah is being equated with Maria Antoinette and Imelda Marcos.
Ministers and deputy ministers have to Kow Tow to her every needs, the minister of foreign affairs is made to look like her assistant at times., and whist she goes on making many in UMNO angry to Muhyuddin's delight, his supporters highlight her extravagance, and arrogance to gain more support for Muhyuddin.
Muhyuddin they say has the clout to take on his boss right now, he has enough support to even call and EGM, but Muhyuddin is playing the game the "Malay way," quiet and humble, he will not go in to oust his boss unless his supporters demand that of him, and he is biding his time. When the supporters will make such a call is Muhyuddin's call though, but he can't be seen outwardly to do so, he is a Malay and he unlike many others knows the game pretty well they say. and he will make the call when the time is yellow, ripe I mean.
In desperationthe extent of sending to his cousin the minister of home affairs, the not so intelligent Hishamuddin Hussein Onn, tries to fix things to make Najib look strong and invincible, but instead creates a mess of the situations time and time again.
The handling of the Bersih Rally, the deportation of the French Lawyer who was here to provide advice to an NGO on the Scorpene scandal and attend public dinners to give speeches, which may have revealed if there was a Najib and Rosmah involvement in it, has given his opponents not only in the opposiiton but UMNO as well a lot of reason to get the people to doubt his integrity..
The action of the Trio on the alleged sex scandal involving Anwar Ibrahim the doctored video, which the government went to extraordinary lengths to prove was authentic, except for the fact that the man in the tape was not Anwar Ibrahim has put a huge dent into the credibility of the Prime Minister. Even die hard UMNO supporters were shocked to the extent the Trio went to, and Najib's support for them turned many against him. Neither he, the Trio and even Anwar for that matter realise the amount of support it has taken away from the Malays for Najib and UMNO.
In Kedah the resentment of UMNO grows by the day, it is said that Mukhriz wil like his father in 1969 lose his seat at the next General Elections a move engineered by both the Muhyuddin and the Najib camps, to keep Mahathir and Mukhriz away from aany aspirations to become PM soon, both of them hope to be there for the long haul and Mukhriz is seen as an irritant, the ground work has already begun and Mukhriz looks like he is being prepared for the slaughter.
Najib has to take action and he has to take it fast, time is not on his side, and if he is thinking of retaining his position which he may be able to do with a much thinner majority though, he has call for an elections as soon as possible.