Saturday, December 13, 2014

The heat is on - on Najib


Malaysia’s only Prime Minister without a mandate Najib Tun Razak is starring at the exit door as it beckons.

UMNO’s big men have turned on the screws, and all indications are he will fall as there is a Judas Iscariot  in his camp.
Was he cornered?
It has become common knowledge that one of the members of Najib’s own cabinet had raised the issue of 1MDB at the recent cabinet  meeting in the absence of Najib who as usual is elsewhere and not here to look after the urgent affairs of the economy of the country.The news of this was leaked to the public and one wonders if it was done deliberately as some are speculating.

That Muhyiddin himself who chaired the cabinet meeting allowed the discussion of the topic now most taboo with Najib and his inner circle,that it they made sure the topic was not even raised at teh UMNO General Assembly.

One UMNO member revealed that this was done by one of Najib's trusted aides a minister and a close confidante, he raised the topic ofr discussion and Muhyiddin had no choice but to let it be discussed although he knows that Najib himself would not have allowed it.
All the President's men?

Muhyiddin had no alternative but to let it through as the person in concern is said to have proven strong grassroots support in UMNO and can even take on Muhyiddin if there is an open contest.

My UMNO friends from Johor have told me that Muhyiddin himself is on a very weak wicket being looked upon as a collaborator in the 1MDB issue which has been described as the biggest scandal of the Najib era while Anwar Ibrahim has described its consequences as the coming of  the biggest financial crisis to hit Malaysia ever.

Tony Pua the DAP MP described this as the mother of the mother of the mother of all scandals and for an UMNO Division Vice Chairman to have used this information from Tony Pua of the DAP to lodge a complaint against Najib is totally unprecedented. It looks like there are people within UMNO who'll trust DAP more than what Najib says.

So where is Najib and what is he saying, will he stay out of the limelight even more now?

My UMNO friends in Johor have told me to wait for an interesting episode that may open, it all depends on how Najib handles it, the police may be instructed to go full force to investigate Najib or they may just back out.

The talk is if the police go full force “Judas” has the most to gain, he may even become the next acting PM so it being rumored. 

So who is ‘Judas’ is the big question, although the identity of this Judas has been revealed we shall for the time being not publish the details.  
Three is Company

Some of UMNO’s top brass are now a bit annoyed that a non Malays was part of this huge scheme, in UMNO as long as ones pockets get lined everything is alright for that person, but here they suspect that one “Chinese” family friend of Najib may have benefited and that the entire scheme is a scam masterminded by him.

They now ask why was the 1MDB needed in the first place when there was already a 23 year old investment arm_ Khazanah Nasional Berhad and the EPF both under the Ministry of Finance. 
Suddenly when faced with the real possibility of a colossal loss by a mismanaged and an  ill thought out investment arm of the country that did not need to have been,  many UMNO cabinet members are distancing themselves from the 1MDB and are refusing to even talk about it. The big mistake many of them know was to keep silent at the UMNO general assembly and this has created a crack right in the middle for UMNO.

There are two camps the groups that ensured the silence at the assembly and those who wanted it discussed, in short there is a group in UMNO that wants Najib out, they have had enough and is that  a big secret?

The 32.5 billion debt amassed in the 1MDB as reported has only been covered up by “UMNO styled creative upgrading of the value of property handed to it at rock bottom prices by the government to get the whole thing started.
Troubled times

With this fiasco, and the fact that  all the big guns have come out with the knives sharpened Najib is in a corner.

To thwart any attempt for him to use the extreme right,  a group of elite top ex civil servants have surfaced to demand that he puts a stop to this extremism immediately, it has placed Mahathir’s good friend Ibrahim Ali in a very delicate situation, as even Star’s Wong Chun Wai has taken on him and he has not received any support from any quarter from within UMNO and the Malays, Ibrahim Ali has suddenly become dispensable as the 1MDB is now the focus, his mentor has deserted him, ofr more important issues on the agenda - Najib's neck.

The focus is not really all centered on the economic issues but  the political issues at hand have also taken a front seat as Mahahtir Mohammed fans the fires from behind the scenes as getting Njaib out is now the most important part of his agenda. He has plans for UMNO leadership and he is keeping
that close to his chest, some UMNO members say he may also offer himself as an interim head.

Whist the rank and file continue to talk about Najib’s weaknesses with issues regarding his family and that of his henchmen one must never forget that that is vintage UMNO Baru  - what Anwar raised his battle cry many years ago when he felt Mahathir had to go, Corruption, Nepotism and Cronyism and it cost Anwar dearly.
It is coming soon, the fall of the once powerful political machine called UMNO as its weakness will be dragged into the open following massive protest with the rise of prices coupled with the GST.

The UMNO led  government has not to worry about the Chinese or the Christians it has to worry about the Malay it has shortchanged all this while as that is now becoming so apparent.

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