One year ago I posted PPP - end of the road? I then wrote:
“… Kayveas had offended many BN leaders when he called for the 9 BN leaders including Ong Ka Ting, Lim Keng Yaik and Samy Vellu to be sacked from the cabinet after they withdrew their memo to the PM on a religious issue.”
“In my posting King Sabo I did warn (Kayveas) that “he’s a bit unwise asking for them to be sacked because his Taiping seat is very much dependent on Gerakan’s goodwill and support."
“Additionally I see the PPP not adding any value to the BN, with Kayveas unwanted on both sides of the political fence. So I suppose AAB no longer has much use for him or the PPP. I wouldn’t be surprised if AAB cuts him loose or ignores him in the next pre-selection and WTF can the PPP do? The once-powerful PPP is not even a pale shadow of its old self; nowadays it’s just a sore pimple on the BN’s backside.”
Alas, for Kayveas and most of all for his PPP members, it was hardly surprising that they were resoundingly, abjectly and severely humiliated to no ends at their Malacca annual general assembly on Monday by an UMNO vice president.
Malaysiakini reported that their guest of honour, yes, the PPP’s guest of honour, Ali Rustam, the Malacca Chief Minister who was invited to officially open the assembly, sneeringly told the PPP to get out of Barisan Nasional now if the party wishes.
He spat out while gesturing at the PPP totally gobsmacked delegates: “PPP can leave BN. All of you can leave. Either today or tomorrow. Why wait until the general election? What’s there to wait for?”
Needless to say, Ali Rustam’s ‘shock & awe’ sneaky attack on a BN component party has left Kayveas and his members totally humiliated (I need to say this word 'humiliated' again), enraged and probably in tears – in tears because as I had blogged last year, Ali Rustam had said what kaytee had predicted, though to be frank, I didn’t expect such a cruel publicly executed UMNO low kick to a helpless PPP’s groin.
I don’t intend to go into every minor detail that Malaysiakini has lovingly reported ;-) but I want to ask a question: That was on Monday; today’s Saturday, AAB in elegant silence since then means that he had condoned, supported or even gave the greenlight for Ali Rustam to be the hatchet man to chase an overstaying unwanted PPP out of the BN.
Raja Petra of Malaysia-Today blog, who knows more about the internal manoeuvrings and whatnot of UMNO, even has Ali Rustam making snide rude remarks at AAB during that 50-megaton nuclear opening speech, such as “if the Prime Minister gives PPP a seat then he has no balls (pengecut). Tak boleh ikut cara dia …“
I am sorry to say that while I love to read Raja’s articles, I am wary of his conspiracy theory, which would usually have Najib Tun Razak at his centre. We so happen to know that Najib has been a long de facto target, so when it's the same again with Raja's recent article where he (Raja) has Ali Rustam teaming up as a possible No 2 to Najib, I tend to laugh it away as "C'mon lah, Peter, not again!"
Raja blogged that “… Was it that he [Ali Rustam] was delivering Najib’s message or that Najib has endorsed what he is saying? Or is it to demonstrate that he is Najib’s number two?”
“There is much speculation on who will be Najib’s Deputy when he takes over as Prime Minister. This question has been satisfactorily answered on 15 October 2007. Ali Rustam made it clear that he and not the Prime Minister makes the decisions. As far as Ali Rustam is concerned the Prime Minister pengecut, ….. Yes, that leaves only him remaining as the most suitable candidate to become the next Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.”
I personally don’t believe that Ali Rustam has the nerve to buck AAB (and why should he?) because he had recently been brown-nosing the PM by organising a Malacca award for Jeanne Abdullah just on the 30 June this year – I blogged on that in Elegant Smile - Elegant Title - Elegant Hopes?
I have nothing against Jeanne but I have to ask what has she done to achieve a Datukship ahead of many others?
OK, Najib has been similarly honoured recently – see Malacca - truly Hang Tuah-ish Boleh!
I suspect Ali Rustam is doing nothing more than to position himself for a stronger position in UMNO. It may well be that he senses he’s about to be ousted in party politics to a lower rung than the VP he currently holds, which may also explain why he attacked his Perak and Pahang counterparts.
As I had blogged in Elegant Smile - Elegant Title - Elegant Hopes? “... Jeanne was awarded the title in a ceremony at Seri Negeri yesterday. There were more than 500 (presumably adoring oo-ing and ah-ing) dignitaries, including CM Mohd Ali Rustam and his wife Asmah Abdul Rahman at the ceremony. Hmmm, someone still (elegantly) hopes to be the come-back kid ... eh?"
‘… the come-back kid …’? Yes, Ali Rustam has been in UMNO sh*t house for a while, which I reckon has been why he had launched crusades after crusades against the hated pigs of Malacca, to show him off as a heroic pig-killing paragon, then a Hang Bodek with the two top UMNO leaders, and now the Saladin of UMNO who has single-handedly humiliated PPP for having the damn nerve to merajuk (sulk) threateningly against UMNO. He wants to show he’s a Hang Tuah in the eyes of UMNO conservatives - and most of UMNO members are conservatives.
So I am strongly inclined to discount Raja Petra's conspiracy theory, and instead, put more store in an anxious Ali Rustam who's damn worried about his position in UMNO.
But I must ask again, since Ali Rustam's disgraceful discourteous disrespectful behavior as a guest of honour, a conduct so unbecoming and totally out of character with the old world courtesy of a Malay guest, why has AAB and Najib not say a single word of mollification to PPP (yes, let alone rebuked Ali Rustam!)?
To paraphrase Winston Churchill’s immortal quote of gratitude to the Royal Air Force after the Battle of Britain: “Never in the field of coalition politics has so much humiliation been dealt to so many by so few”, the 'few' being one wannabe 'comeback kid'.
Well, Kayveas? Well, PPP members, are you people prepared to sit quietly and eat Malacca sh*t?
But let this be a lesson too to the MCA, Gerakan and MIC!