Najib must be kicking his own behind right about now…
PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has withdrawn his support for Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to be Prime Minister. In the past, the former Prime Minister had, countless times, openly said he wanted Najib to take over from Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as Prime Minister. “I feel we should not pick who the replacement should be. We should give the opportunity to a number of people so that we can evaluate them whether it is Pak Lah, Najib or (Tan Sri) Muhyiddin (Yassin). “For now, I can’t say who (should replace Abdullah). Although I have said before it should be Najib, I don’t know why for ‘some reason’ I have now changed my mind,” he said at a packed “Umno Post 12th General Election: An Assessment” forum organised by mykmu.net. Dr Mahathir said the Cabinet and Umno supreme council were not relevant anymore because they were all just “yes” men to Abdullah. He said those who tried to speak up were chastised for supposedly being disrespectful. “They are then invited by the Prime Minister and given an explanation why they should agree with him,” he said, adding that their mouths were kept shut because they were afraid of losing their position and power. He said Abdullah preferred to seek advice on government and party matters from “outsiders” such as family members including his son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin rather than his own Cabinet and Umno supreme council members. Speaking about the losses suffered by Barisan Nasional in the general election, Dr Mahathir said it was clear that the people, including Umno members, wanted Abdullah out. Going back to history, he said Datuk Onn Jaafar, the founder of Umno, was a man of dignity as he quit the party when his idea of opening it up to non-Malays was rejected. He noted that the first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, also resigned shortly after the 1969 election when Barisan lost ground. “He withdrew on his own accord without being chased out by anyone. These two leaders were sensitive and listened to the views of the people and acted accordingly,” he said. Dr Mahathir said that, as Prime Minister for 22 years, he resigned respectably when he heard that people were questioning why “this old man” was staying for so long in the position. He questioned why Abdullah was not prepared to do the same. “Does he want to wait until Umno is destroyed?” he said. Dr Mahathir also threw support behind Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s proposal for the party to hold an extraordinary general assembly to discuss the polls results, and urged members to speak out and reform the party. Dr Mahathir’s son Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said he was inclined to support Najib if he were to vie for the Umno president’s post. – THE STAR
Tun Dr Mahathir stopped short in naming Muhyiddin as his preferred choice. Instead, the inclusion of Muhyiddin’s name in the same breath with Najib shows that Najib’s position is no longer solid. The race for Umno presidency is thrown wide open. This is the price Najib has to pay. Everyone knows he has the history of only siding the stronger team.
In 1987, he backs TDM at the last minute after months of heavy speculation on whom he was supporting. His wishy washy attitude frustrated a lot of his followers. He may want to be seen independent, or possibly wanted to show that he is a good number 2 behind the current Prime Minister. But in the absence of good leadership, he was the one people would look up to. But all he did was giving statements on how he strongly supports Pak Lah.
When all the universe condemns Pak Lah’s sinking Titanic, Najib seems more than willing to sink with it. Only after a couple of weeks later, did we see Najib taking a different stand from Pak Lah. But only after Mukhriz, Tengku Razaleigh, Muhyiddin and several others took to the fore and openly cried for change. A good leader doesn’t take cues from others. He should lead the way in times of crisis.
I think that’s why TDM changed his mind about Najib. He doesn’t foresee someone like Najib to take over and lead Malaysia to greater heights. In Najib’s head, the question – ‘to be or not to be?’ has been ringing in his head for so long, he doesn’t even know the answer for it.