Update 16 September, 11.55am : From the latest news reports, Anwar Ibrahim is seeking a meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss the peaceful transition of power from Barisan Nasional to Pakatan Rakyat. Please read both links provided. How delusional can he be? If Pak Lah and his advisers have any brain cells left in their brains, Pak Lah must return the ball to Anwar’s court. He should issue out a statement similar like this:
In the wake of Pakatan Rakyat’s claims that they have enough numbers of MPs from Barisan Nasional to form the government, I am therefore also worried with claims of having government traitors currently working actively with the opposition to topple this democratically elected line-up. I would therefore challenge Anwar Ibrahim to reveal these names immediately and let them be known to all the voters that had voted for them under the Barisan Nasional banner, their true intention.
Only if the claims are true, and when I am satisfied that these defectors have truly crossed over, then my cabinet will resign en-bloc to pave way for a fresh general election. As a responsible leader, it is my duty as a Prime Minister to ensure that the country’s leadership be held by a strong government. Not a government made of traitors and hungry power grabbers.
Or something to that effect. See how Anwar will stutter that very instance.
Compare the statement above and his original weak remarks on Anwar’s play acting here.
The re-entry of Tun Dr Mahathir into Umno created a lot of buzz among the Umno members. The discontented Umno grassroots are rejoicing at the mouth watering possibility but on the other hand, certain sections within the powers that be are recoiling in abject horror.
His imminent re-entry also had created slight quivers in the Pakatan Rakyat circles. Why? Because Tun Dr Mahathir is endorsing the likeliest candidate to topple Pak Lah. No, it is not their dearest leader Anwar Ibrahim.
The likeliest candidate with the highest chance of success right now is Tengku Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah (Ku Li)
Many have not foreseen this turn of event. And the cheering grassroot members have the playmakers behind the scene to thank for.
Two weeks ago, Najib was given the ultimatum by the playmakers – support Ku Li in his bid for presidency and he will become PM after 2013. But if he so choose to support Pak Lah, there is a chance he will be the LAST PRIME MINISTER FROM UMNO after 2013.
Unfortunately, Najib refused to budge. In his mind, why wait till 2013 to be a PM when he can have the leadership by 2010 through Pak Lah? Therein lies Tan Sri Muhyiddin’s delicate position. In my opinion, Muhyiddin should do a Najib and wait till the last minute to either challenge Najib as no. 2, or defend his VP post. If Najib throws his support behind Ku Li, then Muhyiddin should just defend his VP post.
After the announcement by Tan Sri Muhyiddin that he had successfully pleaded Tun to re enter Umno and subsequently endorse Ku Li as the President, Pak Lah was rumoured to have approached Najib and offered him the presidency in June 2009! But that came with a condition. Najib must help him in winning the Umno general election this December.
Najib became desperate. When Tun Dr Mahathir had endorsed Ku Li, Najib knew he was left high and dry by all the Umno veterans. He must choose a path. The Umno Supreme Council meeting this Thursday will be the turning point of his political career.
Najib must have always been aware that he was never Pak Lah’s first choice as deputy. That is why, Najib thinks, if he behave himself well, the threat of Muhyiddin overleaping him will be diffused. But both he and Pak Lah failed to recognise Tun’s and Ku Li’s influence.
You see, Pak Lah’s state of mind as the Prime Minister is always like this;
1) Anwar is not his problem; he is Tun Dr Mahathir’s problem
2) Najib is not his problem; he and Muhyiddin are each other’s problem
3) Ku Li is not his problem; he is a non issue and quite insignificant
Separately, all 5 of them can never topple Pak Lah from his perch. The playmakers saw this. But if any 3 of the individuals above combine forces, then there is a chance. But that was prior Permatang Pauh.
After Anwar Ibrahim won handsomely in Permatang Pauh, the risk of him gaining the advantage in the race to become Prime Minister seems to become even greater. Although his chances are still remote, the underhanded tactics of Pakatan Rakyat in harping the issues of racism have a devastating effect on Barisan Nasional’s morale.
Luckily, Pak Lah was saved by Anwar’s own undoing – the sodomy court case. As we all know, since there is a strong case against him, Anwar will not be an issue in the short and medium term.
Anwar acknowledges this fact. That was why he kept on accusing the government of conspiracies instead of defending himself in the courts. What more with his flip flopping on the crossover date.
Anwar is so worried that Ku Li might beat him in this race that he even plan to meet Pak Lah (under the guise of national security) and offer truce. Throw out his court case and he will not challenge Pak Lah’s premiership. But this meeting has not been scheduled yet.
Tun’s endorsement on Ku Li and Ku Li’s willingness to ask for the favour did not come cheap. Several secret meetings were held in early September. Ku Li, a blue blooded Umno leader had always see himself as the successor of Tun Abdul Razak. Due to Tun Razak’s untimely death, his dream position of power was sidestepped many times by Tun Dr Mahathir and Tun Musa Hitam.
His background as an economist and a brilliant financial strategist came at odds many times with Tun Dr Mahathir. On the other hand, Tun Dr Mahathir was more pragmatic in his view on economics as he had advisors among a horde of economists and financial experts in the country.
These two towering figures became bitter enemies during the 1987 Umno general election. When Ku Li disbanded Semangat 46 and return to Umno, his massive ego made him unable to accept any offers in becoming a cabinet minister.
Since his ego is only overshadowed by someone with an even bigger set of ego, it was no surprise that Ku Li and Tun drifted further apart. On a personal level, both men are quite friendly towards each other. The only thing that separates them are their differing point of views.
The playmakers made several attempts to get Tun to work together with Ku Li but each overture was turned down. They pleaded to both of the political giants, in the effort to rid Umno of the cancer that has been plaguing it.
Finally, both relented and the hopefuls among the hopefuls were driven to Putrajaya to meet Tun in one Friday afternoon.
It was a historic moment as one of the playmakers had said. It was the first time, in as many years as he could remember, that Ku Li had finally accept the fact that Tun is slightly superior than him.
Tun asked Ku Li whether he has the necessary numbers to challenge Pak Lah. Ku Li replied, he only would have a comfortable number and the votes to even win against Pak Lah if Tun would support him. Tun, being the decisive political animal that he is, quickly agreed to endorse him.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin then announced the very next day that Tun will rejoin Umno. Najib will be alone at the top if he choose to be in the wrong camp this Thursday. Pak Lah will only look after himself from now on. His cadres of advisers are scrambling in Putrajaya thinking of a way out in all of this.
At the latest count, Ku Li has enough divisions in his hand. More than the minimum number of 59.
If Najib has the backbone to save Umno, he must challenge Pak Lah or throw his support behind Ku Li from now on. Muhyiddin had given his terms of war – support Ku Li or I will have to fight you instead.
Ku Li and Tun Dr Mahathir have given their terms of war too. Umno members especially the divisional leaders must prepare to go to battle beginning this November. The Dream Team of Ku Li and Muhyiddin has began to make their move.
Malaysia is not under siege everyone. We are not on the verge of being colonised by foreign powers.
We HAVE BEEN colonised.
Our national policy is being dictated by another country to the south. It is up to us to eradicate the weak leader and replace him with someone more capable.
Our Lords of War must win this December.
And who has the better chance than this Dream Team?