Finally the PM has taken the correct action, but much much too late to avoid the loss of eight Malaysian lives.
Let me attempt to enter his thoughts just prior to his giving the green light for Ops Sulu (and what a bloody unimaginative codename for a military ops; why not Ops Bersih? wakakaka).
Najib (thought): I'm f* if I do, and f* if I don't! And I wish that idiot cousin of mine would f* stop indulging in photo ops. Since when has a minister, let alone two, turun padang on police-military operational matters?
His 'f* if he did' was about taking action against a group of aliens who behaved like American troops, bullying their arrogant way around in a (to the Filipinos) foreign land.
Najib was worried about his 'fixed deposit', banked in for him by you-know-who (hint, an old man). If he offended the Bangsamoro people, Sabah's nouvelle voters, Anwar would gleefully pocket the Bangsamoro's change of goodwill from BN to PR.
His 'f* if he didn't' was his worry about the deep anger bubbling in the Peninsula Heartland, at the audacity of the Filipino intruders in killing 8 of our policemen, of whom I believe 7 were from Peninsula. If he still continued to procrastinate or dither indecisively, dear Anwar would again benefit from the Heartland's dismay, discontent and disgust with him.
Yup matey, f* if he did, and f* if he didn't!
In the end he went for the less risky option, the Peninsula Heartland.
So it looks like Najib's Sabah 'fixed deposit' is now pretty iffy.
But you know something, fortune somehow seems to have always favour Najib. Maybe he was born under a lucky star, maybe his Bugis family gave him a special family heirloom - a powerful tangkal from Sulawasi.
If Ops Sulu can be wrapped up nice & neatly without any further disaster or Malaysian policemen's or soldiers' deaths, he may even emerge from the mess smelling sweetly of roses, or more correctly, of the aromatic bay laurel, a broad-leaf evergreen used by the ancient Romans to make crowns of victory for their conquering generals.
The Heartland may come to see him as a conquering (sort of) general, wakakaka, lavishing him with commendable merits of decisiveness and firmness, etc, all qualities he of course doesn't have, wakakaka. Even the Filipinos burning his poster in Manila could become a plus for him.
And such is the mischief of Fate.
His earlier indecision, which was more out of his political concern to not offend his 'fixed deposit', namely, his Bangsamoro nouvelle voters, may even be seen by the Heartland of him as gasp gawd omigosh a strong silent man of gentle nature who has been tolerant, compassionate and slow to anger, and then only when pushed to the wall rudely by the biadapness, arrogance and barbarism of the murderous intruders.
Yes, a Hang Tuah-like pendekar with the very qualities that traditional Malays love and expect (or hope) to see in their leaders and heroes. Err ... did I mention that Fate can be absolutely mischievous?
Mind, poor Anwar has not helped himself (and PR) by being less than clear on this issue when he was asked by reporters - see Asia Newsweek (via M2T) report Anwar mum over Sabah conspiracy allegations which reported:
Of course it may NOT come out the way I have analysed. Let's hope so.