Remember what I posted in Is AAB's position in UMNO shaky??
I commented that with his supporters, including the media mouthpieces, all urging UMNO members to 'support' AAB against Dr Mahathir, his (AAB's) authority and status in UMNO are not as solid as he ought to have been enjoying as its president and the nation's prime minister.
Thus, I am not surprised at all that yesterday UMNO supreme council backed down from the most important item of its proposed agenda, that of a publicly voiced threat during the past few days to remove Dr Mahathir from his advisory positions to government linked companies.
All AAB could come up with was that the council has ‘decided to let’ Dr Mahathir stay on as advisor.
AAB also consoled the main instigator for Dr Mahathir’s removal, the Kedah UMNO, saying the council had 'taken note' of Kedah UMNO's 'request'.
The Kedah Mentri Besar, Mahdzir Khalid, had been the main driver of the push to remove Dr Mahathir from those advisory roles, on the surface, as a punishment for launching attacks against AAB after the two leaders had met recently, but in truth, to show that UMNO Kedahans (particularly himself) are ‘loyal’ to AAB, just as they HAD been to Dr Mahathir!
Look, what the MB had proposed was nothing compared to its Youth wing. The Kedah UMNO Youth had even proposed that Dr Mahathir's Umno membership be suspended.
The recently openly announced threat to remove Dr Mahathir from his advisory positions had been nothing more than typical UMNO ‘testing of the waters’ by a few members to suss out the party’s support for an AAB counter-attack against the former party president.
It would appear that AAB’s dipping of his toe into the ‘waters’ told him it’s too bloody cold for a ‘bath’ (an UMNO blood bath). Unfortunately we wouldn’t know whether the supreme council had a ‘confidential’ stoush and punch-up yesterday?
So AAB put on his best face and talked his usual moderate ‘firm and fair’ spin but that’s it. Round 1 to Dr Mahathir.
But surely the following would have to be nominated as the best political spin for 2006.
AAB pointed out that if the party took action against Dr Mahathir, then as a party member the Grand Ole Man had to abide by it, and might not be able to speak anymore.
How sweet, how considerate, how democratic!
AAB concluded: "It is not a question of being afraid [to act against Dr Mahathir], but it's a question of, we don't think we'd like to take action against him now. Let him say whatever he wants to say so that we can hear all that he would like to say. Let him speak so that we can know."
We are a ‘know’ledge nation, if not anything!