So Mukhriz Mahathir was forced to eat crow and swallow back his (in fact correct) words that there was nothing ‘new’ in AAB’s address to the recent UMNO general assembly. Mukhriz had even commented spot on that the issue of rampant graft wasn't emphasized (and AAB then had the gall to lament post-assmebly that the UMNO forum regrettably didn’t discuss corruption)
And how far should the son of Dr Mahathir be further humiliated, and undoubtedly humiliating the Grand Ole Man himself?
More, it seems.
The Star Online had diplomatically reported Hishamuddin stating the Mukhriz case was closed but Bernama has a different piece of news.
UMNO Youth under its chief Hishamuddin wants Mukhriz to front up to AAB himself and ‘explain’ what he had meant by his remarks when he commented on AAB’s opening address.
More genuflection may be demanded, more whimpering pleas of forgiveness would be a ‘minimum’ expectation.
But the ‘smallness’ of AAB has been his statement that he is ready to meet Mukhriz Mahathir to hear his explanation.
If he had said, ‘look guys, whatever Mukhriz had said, I listened with an open mind, and I don’t begrudge a young man from saying what he had to say. I consider the matter closed and we UMNO people will now be working together to focus on making the 9MP a success so as to benefit the rakyat (people)’, just imagine how his stature as a senior statesman and as the new open-minded moderate UMNO president would have been?
But alas, AAB has again allowed a golden opportunity to slip from his grasp, missing a god-given chance to be the superior statesman on higher moral grounds than his predecessor. Instead he signalled his meanness.
He said: “I had left it to UMNO Youth to decide what it wanted to do. Whenever they need my cooperation, I have no problem cooperating with them."
Yeah, I bet.