If you have been following the recent Malaysian political scenes and upheavals, you’ll sense that the ones causing all the mayhem and hulla baloo, have been those who can be considered as past their prime. Persons who have skeletons in their political closet. Most of them have been in power and it seems, that they still have a burning desire to be the PM!
We currently have Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin [Left] as Malaysia’s 8th Prime Minister. He heads the fragile Malaysian PN coalition government comprising of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party [PPBM], Malaysian Islamic Party [PAS], Homeland Solidarity Party [STAR], Sabah Progressive Party [SAPP] and Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia [GERAKAN].
If not for the support of Barisan Nasional, Gabungan Parti Sarawak, Parti Bersatu Sabah, and other Independent Members of Parliament, Muhyiddin’s PN Federal Government, would have toppled faster than a pile of cards.
The current President of UMNO, Barisan Nasional’s main political party is Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi [Right]. He can easily cause Muhyiddin Yassin to lose power overnight by withdrawing support for the Perikatan Nasional but under the current nationwide COVID 19, Movement Control Order, MCO 3.0, what benefit for the BN, will there be?
It will be of no use. The Malaysian Parliament is currently suspended, under the Emergency Rule, which is in force until 1st of August 2021 decreed by the Supreme King of Malaysia, HRH, Sultan Al Abdullah ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah of Pahang.
So, whether he likes it or not, Zahid is stuck in the political quagmire. All to the benefit of Mr. Play it Safe, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
We have all seen how slow, and overly cautious, Muhyiddin Yassin has been, whenever a crisis, takes place. He just doesn’t have it in him, to make a cut and dried decision. This type of person will not be dependable when push comes to shove.
Zahid Hamidi can’t crow too much either, because he has 47 charges lined up against him, for money-laundering and criminal breach of trust. Hence, he has no choice but to stay out of the limelight, so to speak, till all his court cases are heard and dealt with. He can’t afford to vacate his UMNO Presidential post either for as we all know, power once gone is hard to regain.
Recently, I had a WhatsApp chat with Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Mohd Khalid bin Haji Yunus, a former UMNO Cabinet Deputy Minister. He is now the Deputy President of Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia [PUTRA].
I asked his views about the current political situation, plaguing UMNO and for his solutions to redeem UMNO’s image in view of the 1MDB scandal that was attributed to its former President, Dato Seri Najib Razak.
According to Tan Sri Khalid Yunus: ” The nation is in a volatile situation. It has never been this way since Independence. Even though the ‘Confrontation [between Malaya and Indonesia] took place and the May 13th [Riots happened] but could be overcome due to the firm and capable leadership. The leadership today is being questioned by the citizens because of the service track records and irregular policies. The citizens are confused and find it hard to survive. 5 million students have their studies affected. Hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs. Billions of foreign investments have gone to other countries. We are embarrassed to face other nations, who respected us, all these while and praised the way we, developed the people and nation.”
I agreed with his points and stated that the general population’s views towards the current political leaders’ integrity is seriously affected with the exposes of cases involving the embezzlement of [government] assets and abuses of power by those who helmed the government before Pakatan Harapan took power.
I asked Tan Sri Khalid whether UMNO has a ‘glass ceiling’? It’s evident that few young leaders had been pushed forward [as future leaders]. I said that in my view, it seems so. The UMNO Veterans don’t support or make way for new leadership.
Tan Sri Khalid agreed. Change of government didn’t solve problems. Even worsened till today.
I asked him as to how UMNO can rise again IF he was given a chance to suggest [solutions] to the current [UMNO] leadership? Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi has a lot of court cases that have yet to be judged.
Tan Sri Khalid stated that he became an UMNO member back in 1963. Made it through the echelons of UMNO from the bottom till he reached the higher levels. The young [leaders] back then were always given opportunities [to shine].
To that, I gave the thumbs up sign.
I asked him further whether the [soiled] name and reputation of UMNO can be restored in the eyes of the public?
Tan Sri Khalid said that would be easy. Those who had cases pending at the courts to withdraw [from their positions] first. Settle their cases properly. If the cases are solved [cleared by the courts], then return to the party with the approval of the majority. UMNO leaders often say that leaders come and go. The party remains. Practice what the late Tun Hussein Onn said, ‘I am not important. The party [UMNO] is important.’
* He asked me to take note of him no longer being in UMNO.
I told Tan Sri Khalid that his words were inspiring me to author an article on the matter [UMNO politics]. I asked whether I could quote him [verbatim] or just say that I received this info from a reliable source in UMNO?
He replied, ‘No problem’. Hence, I have even shared the screenshots of our WhatsApp chat here.
I thanked him and promised to update him when this article is published. Wished him good health and prayed that he will always be in the Mercy of Allah.
Tan Sri stated, ‘State the Truth even if is bitter‘. Asking if it is a hadith of the Prophet, to which I replied in the affirmative.
Shared with him my website header where my slogan reads, ‘The Truth must be told no matter what so Justice can live‘.
That ended our brief chat. I first met Tan Sri Khalid Yunus at a PERKASA rally way back in 2009 when I introduced myself to him. He said there’s no need for any introduction as he knew who I was,’ as Blogger Mahaguru58‘. 😛
12 years have passed, yet he remains the same. Straight talking, take no prisoners, what you see is what you get, persona. No theatrics. No airs about him. A true Malay patriot. He just wants, what’s good for Malaysia. I feel honoured to call him my friend.
Let’s move on now to these two senior citizens who have an insatiable lust for authoritative political power. Anwar Ibrahim and Mahathir Mohamad. Anwar is a former Deputy Prime Minister who was sacked ungraciously by his former mentor, the wily [now 95 years old] Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
He has set the record of being the longest Malaysian PM in power before. 22 years to be exact. From July 1981 to October 2003. He was the 4th Malaysian Prime Minister then and he ruled with an iron fist. He prides himself for being called as the ‘Dictator’. He gives no quarter to anyone and takes no bull either.
Mahathir Mohamad became the 7th Malaysian Prime Minister when the Opposition Coalition called Pakatan Harapan which he led in May 2018, defeated the ruling Barisan Nasional in a decisive election, toppling the 60 over years in power Malaysian Government and ruled this country, once again. Albeit, just for 22 months when he quit as PM to avoid handing over power to Anwar Ibrahim as agreed. The Comeback Kid squashed Anwar Ibrahim’s lifelong ambition to be the PM at all costs!
Their’s is a love-hate relationship. Mahathir keeps kicking Anwar’s ass for the umpteenth time, but the latter is like a seasoned fool. Keeps trusting his political nemesis, repeatedly. Anwar Ibrahim really needs to wise the hell up. I don’t think Malaysians need to have such a person in charge at Putrajaya. This fellow is proven, times and time again, to sing a different tune to suit his audience.
When in Washington, he’ll vouch for and guarantee the ‘security’ of Zionist Israel! As if the Tel Aviv regime needs any protection from him when, the Zionist Israelis, are the ones massacring and murdering hundreds of thousands of the imprisoned Palestinians. Anwar Ibrahim is so full of himself, that there’s a danger of him, coming apart at the seams, one of these days, if his dreams of becoming PM, disappears into Lalaland.
Then, we have another two Grandpas, who also clamour to be the Prime Minister of Malaysia before they kick the bucket. The one on the left is Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, a Kelantanese prince, related to the current Sultan of Kelantan.
The religious fella is Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, the President of the Malaysian Islamic Party. Current PN Ambassador to the Middle East.
You and I know that their dream of becoming the next Malaysian Prime Minister is not going to happen but let’s just let these ‘wise guys’ to dream. You don’t want to read reports saying that they died with their eyes wide open, do you?
Now comes the tricky part of identifying Malaysia’s promising, young leaders.
Ermm, no one comes to mind. Why is that???
Aaah… because all the fellows above saw to it that none make it to the podium. Damn!