Monday, December 01, 2014

Dr Mahathir reigns supreme

Reading the recent comments of both former NST group editor Pak Kadir Jasin and former Info Minister Zainuddin Maidin (Zam), known to be stalking horses and spokesmen for Dr Mahathir, in conjunction with the actions of PM Najib Razak, we know that Dr Mahathir Mohamad still reigns supreme in the world of UMNO and thus Malaysian politics, despite being out of officialdom for more than ten years - such is his influence, power and persona.


hehehe siapa Raja?

I float like a Butterfly and sting Like a Bee

People talked about UMNO rightwing gaining ascendancy but the fact remains that it is Dr Mahathir who controls and/or influence those rightwing elements, either directly or indirectly by popularity and through his voiced opinions.

But for all his strength or because of it, Dr Mahathir continues to be a very sad captive of three issues, namely, his fears of (a) Malays being delegated into second place in the Malaysian scheme of things despite their majority (even though his proposed actions, policies to protect them are ironically drowning or marinating them in mediocrity), (b) his legacy or his vision of where he wants Malaysia to go, and (c) [this is more recent] his son's place in Malaysian politics, presumably to serve as guarantee of continuing his legacy and vision.


was Najib's mistake in his preference for KJ over Mukhriz?

The above three are BIG chips on his shoulders which have seen him swung bizarrely to and fro, from his once-noble Bangsa Malaysia to Ketuanan Melayu, from criticizing the Malays as 'lazy and stupid' to warning them about Chinese politico-economic dominance, etc.

But back to Najib, he saw the writing on the wall vis-a-vis his continued political career, and given a lack of support latitude (almost no Chinese support), has been forced to kowtow to the demands of UMNO's righwing swell by retaining the Sedition Act, though he couldn't resist a parting shot at his personal Old Man of the Sea (sitting on his shoulders, wakakaka) by reminding UMNO of Dr Mahathir's 1969 mistakes with the Chinese. Malaysiakini reported:

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has reminded Umno delegates of Dr Mahathir Mohamad's defeat in the 1969 general election after declaring that he did not need Chinese votes.

"How many times has Mahathir mentioned about his loss in the election during the (Umno assemblies)... the Malay votes were not enough (for him to win)," he added.




"He accidentally said he did not need Chinese votes and he lost, that is a lesson for him," he told delegates in his winding-up speech.

As such, Najib said declaring that the ruling coalition did not need Chinese votes was akin to the Malay proverb: "menang sorak, kampung tergadai" (Cheering but not gaining anything).

"Use your brains (guna akal)," he added.

The prime minister raised this after several delegates at the Umno general assembly this week took aim at Chinese voters for not supporting BN and urged the government to ignore them.


Najib has been ultra kind to Dr Mahathir by describing the latter's sombong snub of the Chinese in 1969 as an euphemistic "accidentally said he did not need Chinese votes" - it was no accidental boast by the then assertive aggressive UMNO young Turk.

Nonetheless, Najib's upholding of the Sedition Act earned him a pat on the head from one of Dr Mahathir's 'voices', namely Pak Kadir Jasin, which effectively means Dr Mahathir has approved.

Pak Kadir Jasin wrote in his blog:

He must have been sufficiently convinced that his popularity with Umno members in particular and the conservative Malays in general is declining and the challenges against his leadership could very well be real.

Damn me if you wish, but on this, I am with Mohd Najib. I have never been in favour of Mohd Najib’s decision to repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the Emergency Ordinance (EO). The furthest I would go is to amend them to be in tune with time.



After an about-face on SA, Mohd Najib might very well be stronger as Umno President, but the BN could lose more support among the non-Malays and the liberal elite.

In making the decision, he was addressing himself almost exclusively to Umno. He said he made the decision because he listened to Wanita and Youth movements and to the Deputy President (Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin).

It was a clever move. By shifting part of the blame to Muhyiddin, who has spoken about the dangers of repealing the act, he is lessening his own burden of responsibility.

This is the price Mohd Najib is paying for behaving more like a president than prime minister. He would not have been in this mess had he consulted Umno and party elders before repealing the ISA and the EO, and announcing plan to do the same with SA.

The silent majority among the Malays was against the repeal of the ISA and the EO. The repeal of the former lessened government’s ability to act against terrorism and the latter unleashed thousands of criminals and bad hats on the society with bloody outcome.


Pak Kadir Jasin commented that Najib by doing the unpopular with the Malaysian public (minus UMNO people) won't lose anything for he had long lost the support of his main critics, namely the public who support Pakatan (generally Chinese and some Indians), and in fact is even unlikely to win their support if he does away with the Act.

In other words, what has Najib to lose politically by ignoring the call to repeal the Sedition Act, but rather everything to gain (from internal party support)?

To be fair to Najib, he has cautioned UMNO against marginalizing the Chinese.

Prior to the 2013 general election I noticed Najib did try to win over the Chinese. I had then warned the DAP (via my blog) to watch out for Najib's woo-ing of Chinese educationists when he was invited by Dong Zong to the latter's 'open house'. Obviously Najib knew something about Chinese desires which was not so much down in their loins or stomachs (though there's that too, wakakaka) but more in their children's education. I wrote:

I fear there's danger for DAP as Najib has apparently warmed the cockles of the men from Dong Zong if we read Malaysiakini's Najib invited to Dong Zong CNY open house which reported:




This is the first time in the last 50 years that the leader of the country has been officially invited to attend a Dong Zong event.

Even more significant is the fact that the reception is taking place just before the expected general election in the next few weeks.

The open house, from 10am-3pm will be held at the Dong Zong Higher Learning Centre which is located along Jalan Bukit in Kajang, Selangor.

The premier’s attendance is tipped to be a major breakthrough towards fostering better ties not only with Dong Zong, but other similar associations within the Chinese community.

Najib is expected to be the star attraction at the event, to be attended by 2,000-3,000 guests. [...]

It was reported in a Chinese daily yesterday that in Johor Baru, 85 Chinese-based organisations came forward to express their support for the premier to attend the open house and said they looked forward to meeting him.


But alas, for Ah Jib Gor, his efforts were not reciprocated by Chinese support, many of whom voiced their bizarre preference for PAS - I have to confess that I had been one of them (at least for a while) who was silly enough to imagine PAS could change its spots.

To be continued ...

15 comments:

  1. Dr Mahathir has,have and had always been the boss of all bosses.He is the man to go to for approval for all wannabe bosses.Period.

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  2. From the present crop of Umno leaders,Najib is the best suited to lead the nation.He may be soft,but he is a middle of the road leader.Wait till Mr Moo or Zahid takes over and all the PR leaders will be wailing and crying out for their mamas.

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  3. the gaffe guy who know's3:24 am, December 02, 2014

    No matter how much we like or do not like Dr Mahathir,we have to admit that he was the best PM,Malaysia ever had.There will not be another strong leader of his calibre around the corner.Not in this present batch of Umno leaders of tin kosong Anwar style bodekis and ass lickers.Plus ass lovers too.

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  4. the new kampung man7:06 am, December 02, 2014

    "Mahathir","Mahathir".please come to the rescue.The way I see it whether your beloved Malaysia is under Umno or PR it does not matter,Either way it is going to the dogs.Only you and you only can save your beloved Malaysia from the fucking dogs.

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  5. Ah Jib Gor is thousand times better than Anwar and his useless gang of ass lickers.

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  6. Monsterball,with his extra large marbles should sit on top of the faces of these ass lickers.That way these fuckers wouldn't dare fuck around with the people's money or future.

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  7. Ah Jib Gor is far far much better a leader than Mr Mammanlai.Manmanlai is be boh ean against Ah Jib Gor.

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  8. With the PR being led by the sick old man,Mahathir's Umno/BN is destined to reign forever.

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  9. The Chinese community did not reciprocate Najib's GE13 charm offensive, as they (correctly) interpreted it as insincere superficial spin.

    The Right-Wing version of Najib on parade in the PWTC all week would have deeply hurt Chinese feelings if they HAD supported him during GE13 - the same way Mahathir "repaid" Chinese support after the 1999 elections by pronouncing Suqiu as subversive.
    In Najib's case, little support was given by the Chinese during GE13, no resulting disappointment.

    Mahathir the Best Malaysian PM ? By destroying most of the country's independent institutions and turning them into political servants, he probably permanently destroyed any chances of Malaysia ever becoming a Developed country.

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  10. That fool Tony Pua wants to create another new deputy speaker's post for DAP.This dude is more stupid politically than I thought.If I can have it my way,I will chase this stupid fool all the way back to Tongkang.

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  11. http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/najib-sedition-act-to-be-repealed

    One important point to understand is that it is NOT that Najib is now ignoring the call to repeal the Sedition Act.

    He made an announcement in July 2012 , no doubt as GE13 positioning, that he would repeal the Sedition Act and replace it with the National Harmony Act.

    Other people have been called hypocrites for far less....

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  12. Do you expect the Gen X, Y and Z to continue paying homage to "the Great Dictator" who is past his prime and can be considered senile and pretty soon will be having Dementia, Alziehmers, Parkinsons or best case scenario just incontinence with pampers needed to be changed now and then.

    Those glorifying "The Great Leader" must have been in a time warp of their own. Maybe their past debts to him are still not repaid in full?

    There's more to life than glorifying and worshipping a past dictator who himself glorifies Mugabe, Castro, Suharto, Ghadafi etc..

    Malaysia need to build more sanitoriums for such people.

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    1. is there somebody like Jokowi in UMNO?

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  13. Mahathir will have the last laugh when PR get decimated in GE14.One does not have to be a wimp to figure it out.Malaysians are getting fed up with circus clowns and ass chasers.

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  14. the gaffe guy who know's2:19 am, December 03, 2014

    As much as we would like to kick out the Bumbos,the incompetent PR leaders and elected politicians are screwing everything up with their rumblings of tin kosongs.Screaming nonsensical rubbish,these useless opposition MP's and Aduns needed to be shown the revolving doors in GE14.Good riddance to bad garbage.

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