the Sun Daily (extracts):
Najib, Zahid will be back:
PETALING JAYA: Umno leaders who are facing graft trials in court could return to the Cabinet, two political analysts said yesterday.
Umno’s popularity among the grassroots could enable the party to become the dominant force in the country’s politics, said political analyst Khoo Kay Peng.
This would subsequently pave the way for the likes of Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to return, he added.
Najib and Ahmad Zahid, who are former prime minister and former deputy prime minister respectively, are among several top Umno leaders who were left out in Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s Cabinet line-up that was announced on Monday.
Muhyiddin had said that he would only appoint lawmakers of calibre who have integrity and a clean track record.
Khoo, however, said this might not be the case for too long due to the strong grassroots support these Umno leaders have and which Muhyiddin lacks.
“The problem with the current Perikatan Nasional (PN) government is it is just a loose coalition. In the next general election (GE), the dynamics of politics will change.
“There will be negotiations for seat allocations in the next couple of years, and it is going to be tough for Muhyiddin. Whether he will even last beyond the next GE is a big question. Umno is still the dominant force, you can’t keep them out forever.
“It is just a matter of time (before the top leaders return to power). If they have the grassroots support, there is no stopping them,” he said.
Khoo was asked whether he felt the careers of these Umno leaders who are facing charges in court are over, following their exclusion from the Cabinet.
if Najib returns to power, Maddy will be in deep poo
Najib will most certainly be less 'respectful'