They read as follows:
Prof Case also refuted the claim that UMNO is now fractured despite former president Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s insistence for Najib to step down as prime minister, saying the latter still has “rock solid support” from party members.
“If no real linkages are found to the prime minister during investigations, Najib can muddle through but it’s really distracting the country from bigger issues like its economic slowdown,” added Mr Murray Hiebert, a senior fellow at American think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies, agreeing with Prof Case.
Prof Case also pointed out that Najib will likely stay as prime minister due to the lack of obvious candidates to replace him from within UMNO, as Mr Najib has proved himself “sophisticated” in his handling of domestic and foreign affairs.
"... due to lack of obvious candidates to replace him from within UMNO ..."!
Isn't that disconcerting as it means our nation has a dearth of prime-ministerial talents.
What about outside UMNO?
Let's examine within and outside UMNO for suitable candidates as potential PMs purely on each individual's potential rather than his/her likelihood of reaching the political pinnacle of our nation, thus ignoring their belonging to parties likely to win GE-14 as a majority party or coalition.
Let's put all their names together and then I'll append my (kaytee's) comment as to each's suitability/potential, wakakaka:
- Muhyiddin - aiseh, don't joke lah remembering we're talking about talent and not proxy-likelihood, wakakaka!
- Ahmad Zahid - hmmm, maybe in the 45 to 55%-boleh bracket
- Hishamuddin - 70%-boleh bracket provided he watches his mouth, wakakaka
- Apdal Shafie - currently in the dog house
- KJ - too f* young otherwise he has the persona to be PM
- Dr M - well, he does have the experience, all 22 years of it which we remember all too well, just too bloody well
- Ku Li - he's still waiting for an open invitation on a gold plated card signed by HM
- Musa Hitam - if you want an octogenarian for a PM, he'd be OK. Besides he's one of Lim KS' choice - wonder whether Lim KS will surrender his Gelang Patah seat for Musa to contest in a by-election? wakakaka
- Mukhriz - too f* young tho' if dad regains his full powers, 101%-likely. KJ will have to surrender his Rembau seat for Mukhriz to contest, wakakaka
- Liow Tiong Lai - my 2nd joke - besides he's Chinese and has 0%-likely chance
- Mah Siew Keong - 3rd joke and ditto Liow TL's chances
- ............ - reserved for MIC and to be filled in when/if we have any idea who'll be party chief. MIC can always convert to being Malay by a name change to Malaysian Islamic Congress (MIC still), wakakaka
- Ibrahim Ali - wakakaka
- Ridhuan Tee Abdullah - only if he removes that 'Tee' and stop using childish words like 'ultra kiasu', wakakaka
- Anwar - unless released with full royal pardon, forget him
- Wan Azizah - not really suitable nor interested
- Nurul - too young & inexperienced tho' the anwaristas will claim she's the best choice in this universe, all the way up to Neptune and even Pluto, wakakaka
- Lim KS - he's Chinese lah so 0% likelihood (joke again)
- Lim GE - ditto
- Azmin Ali - hmmm, 75%-boleh but must rejoin UMNO and receive blessing from godfather
- Rafizi Ramli - too f* young - more noise than substance. Can join Tony Pua in the Kajang Kingston Kuartet (Quartet), wakakaka
- Khalid Ibrahim - if anyone wants him, he's good at saving money
- Pak Haji Hadi Awang - if we want Malaysia to be like Nigeria (his dream state) and Saudi Arabia but he doesn't like elections as they are only for chauvinists
- Mat Sabu - OK if his coalition wins majority rule but we have to be cautious because like Pak Haji (above) he's from a religious-political party [any religious-political party whether of Christian, Buddhist, Muslim (eg. PAS, GHB), Hindu denomination (eg. Hindraf), is never ever my choice]
Over to you guys for your choice and comments.