Najib just kept quiet and was the proverbial 'obedient errand boy' before the baton was handed over to him. Najib has been spoon fed since the day he was born and with a silver spoon too!
After becoming PM, Najib continued to do nothing except getting involved in money-making schemes and creating scandal after scandal, debacle after debacle.
Many people both within Umno and of course those outside are simply fed up with Najib; he is getting on their nerves! No match for battle-seasoned Dr M Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on the other hand had gone through the trial and tribulations, from being sacked from Umno and to be challenged by his deputies, not once but thrice, that is by Tun Musa Hitam, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Dr. Mahathir has had his ups and downs, his failures and his triumphs.
Dr. Mahathir is not only seasoned, he is also shrewd. Above all he is most desperate. What Najib has done or not done thus far has not only irked the 51.4% of the voters, but also Dr. Mahathir who has reminded Najib on so many occasions to improve himself, the government, the country and above all to not be controlled by his wife Rosmah Mansor. In short, Dr M wants Najib to improve and change the overall situation. But let us be frank.
Najib cannot control the situation because his wife Rosmah Mansor is involved in eevery single aspect that concerns him - including his governance of the country. It is also an open secret that Rosmah has been enjoying herself playing the role of the so-called FLOM (First Lady of Malaysia) and there is no doubt - she is in control!
Challenge at your peril, guys! Datuk Seri Sanusi Junid in one of the videos circulated in the social media had explained clearly and concisely that both Dr. Mahathir and Najib want Umno/BN to win and continue ruling the country but Dr. Mahathir is confident that with the present policy, style and programs implemented by Najib, BN will lose in the coming GE-14.
Thus to the Mahathir camp, the present policy, style and programs must be changed. But Najib has refused to make these changes and he is adamant to stay in power and continue doing nothing and making more mistakes! So since Najib has refused to make the changes, then Najib is the one who must be changed.
And that is what Dr. Mahathir has decided, to remove Najib and replace him with whoever is most viable at the moment before it is too late. Time weighs on 90-year-old Dr Mahathir, he needs a quick political 'kill'
There are several major factors that Dr. Mahathir must have taken into consideration. The first and foremost is time. His own mortality is surely his greatest obstacle and this is why Mahathir knows he must move swiftly. Every day is a blessing from the Almighty when you are 90.
With the passing away of Pas leader, Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, and the poor health and obvious fragility of once strongman Lee Kuan Yew, the ex-Prime Minister and founding father of modern Singapore, Mahathir must know he cannot afford to wait if he is to help his son Mukhriz break into the top echelons of power.
Time is Mahathir's greatest enemy. Time is also needed to reverse or modify the policy, style and programs that Najib has implemented such that the effects would ensure Umno/BN wins in the GE-14. Dr. Mahathir now is confident that Najib is a huge liability for Umno and BN due his scandals, debacles and incompetency.
The 1MDB debacle is indeed a major issue but it is still manageable by Najib and his team as 1MDB have not gone bankrupt yet. So far Najib has managed to ‘gali lubang and tutup lubang’ (borrow more and pay the due loans or literally dig a hole to backfill another hole).
However, this is not the solution to the problematic 1MDB which was a failed venture in the first place and how many ‘lubang’ Najib can ‘gali’? Still the 1MDB is not the final straw that broke the camel’s neck, Dr. Mahathir used this issue only as a tool to make a point and continue his attack towards Najib.
The main reason that Najib has to go is the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu. No matter how Najib has tried to manipulate, use the police, media, the courts, to insulate himself or to ensure that he is not connected to the murder he has not been able to really clear his name.
Previously when Dr. Mahathir explained why he decided to sack Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim amid huge public skepticism about the sodomy accusations, he claimed it was because Anwar would be a huge liability because he could be blackmailed.
Thus Mahathir 'reasoned' Anwar could not be the Prime Minister. Now Najib is in the same situation as Anwar then! And murder is much worse than sodomy!
We shudder to think what Mahathir will do to Najib's political career if Najib refuses to back off.. Muhyiddin and Mustapa: A case of 'Dumb & Dumber'? There is no doubt Dr. Mahathir wants someone who would be able to fast-track the elevation of his son Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir to power at the federal level.
There has been reliable information from the grapevines that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin would take over from Najib. Docile Trade minister Mustapa Mohamad is the dark horse Dr M has decided to reward for his loyalty and will be offered the Deputy Prime Minister's post.
As can be seen, both men - Muhyiddin and Mustapa - are mere seat warmers without fire of their own. And this is exactly why Dr M picked them - NO COMPETITION FOR HIS SON MUKHRIZ.
So the Umno grapevine goes. Muhyiddin has already antangonised the non-Malays with many racist slurs and they won't forget him. But these days, it pays to be racist in Umno and that's all it takes to be PM.
Mustapa is less controversial and some say, a decent guy. Being plodding and lacking imagination are his greatest failings. How will he help change Malaysia? Very little but that's not a job for the likes of him.
Sad to say, Malaysians will have to put up the latest 'succession' sandiwara from Dr M and his trusty ally Daim Zainuddin. After all, before Najib was finally installed as the Prime Minister, it was rumoured that Muhyiddin could be the one chosen.
Even TV3 showed both Muhyiddin and Najib as equals before the final announcement that Najib was the chosen one.
Muhyiddin has also gone through the necessary grooming to take up this position and he is being the most senior both in Umno and in the cabinet compared with the rest of Umno leaders. Muhyiddin has also been proven to be able to dance to Dr. Mahathir’s tune. But will Dr M's machinations work?
Can Umno and its crippled BN allies stay in power? With the jailing of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the people have become more resolute to vote Umno/BN out - at least 51.4% of them. They do not care who would replace Anwar as the Pakatan Rakyat leader, that is secondary; the most important thing is to vote out the kleptocratic Umno/BN government.
The jailing or Anwar has also tarnished Malaysia’s image at the international level.
The world has decided that Anwar is a political prisoner and they viewed the trial simply as a set up. Malaysia and its judiciary have lost their integrity for ignoring the norms of the international judicial culture with Malaysia in its own cocoon isolated in the backwaters.
Therefore it is now or never for Dr. Mahathir, and the month of March 2015 has been mentioned, but let us wait and see. Keep our fingers crossed and pray, hopefully we will not be burdened by Najib and his 'Big Momma' anymore.
We cannot accept Najib’s incompetency, nor Rosmah’s excesses. Really, Malaysians can live without them and their Sedition crackdowns.
But just as we simply cannot ‘tahan’ the glamorous duo, Malaysians too can't suffer the racial politicking and corruption of the Umno-BN regime anymore - whether or not the next PM and DPM is Muhyiddin and Mustapa. But we may have to go step by step until GE14 to throw the whole Umno-BN gang OUT! -
Nawawi Mohamad, Stan Lee,Malaysia-Chronicle
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