Rebellious divisions holding Najib back

Mohd Ariff Sabri Aziz | July 11, 2012
Free Malaysia Today

Is Najib Tun Razak, who has been groomed since young to lead the country, facing a coup in Umno?


Why is Prime Minister and Umno president Najib Tun Razak procrastinating in naming an election date?

After all, he’s enjoying a good personal rating, and good reports from the ground. Not forgetting Umno is now flush with cash.

The real reason he delays and delays, and huffs and puffs is that he fears a looming revolt within Umno.

The incumbents are insisting they are winnable. Would anyone dare replace warlord Tajudin Rahman (Pasir Salak), for example?

Najib is facing potential revolts in all divisions.

Even if he pays the incumbents lots of money, the people supporting the replaced incumbents will sabotage Umno.

More so the incumbents who feel they are winnable but are humiliated because they are not chosen.

The eager beavers who thought they would be chosen but sidelined will muster whatever they can to sabotage Umno.

This is the only reason why Najib is delaying the election date.

Will the one million plus Umno members who have shifted from the “dark side” to the “bright side” come back?

Najib ‘begs’ Taib

Well maybe 5% have but that still leaves more than one million Umno members who will vote for Pakatan Rakyat.

Najib is desperate and he is looking at Sabah and Sarawak for help.

He went to Sarawak recently to plead for an extended lifeline. But the people of Sarawak are not easily fooled any longer.

Chief Minister Taib Mahmud is an old but wizened geezer. He is keen and sharp to the deceptive manoeuvres of Najib.

After all, wasn’t Najib, the Umno president, who repeatedly humiliated him (Taib) by asking him to retire quickly (and in public too)?

The call came from the president of a party who wasn’t able to achieve a 100% win in 2008.

Najib was talking down to Taib, the president of another party who retained all (read 100%) of the seats his candidates contested in.

That’s why Taib sent word to Najib, through an emissary, saying “we shall see who leaves office first”.

The fact is Najib can’t win over the reasonable Malay.

The reasonable Malay is the person riding the LRT, the Metro, or the successor to the famed Sri Jaya bus.

‘All thunder but no rain’

We can’t underestimate the intelligence of these commuters who read in between the lines and are able to seive through all the nonsense played up by the mainstream media and Umno politicos.

Are the reasonable Malays, Umno general members including, going to stand idly by and watch Najib cheat his way in the 13th general election by using use instant Indonesian Bumiputeras against our original Malays on this land?

Already, you see it in the fierce competition they are putting up in the market place. Today it’s like that.

Tomorrow? Your BR1M handouts will be reduced because there will be more “instant Malays” who need it.

No more can the reasonable Malay be fooled.

The reasonable Malay is no longer easily blinded by the fetish sense of patriotism hawked around by Perkasa or to mouth-foaming gesticulations of Hidup Melayu by any of the Umno leaders.

Because the reasonable Malay knows it’s all so much thunder but no rainfall.

The writer is a former Umno state assemblyman but joined DAP earlier this year. He is a FMT columnist.

  1. #1 by monsterball on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 12:18 pm

    He is caught between the Devil & the Deep blue sea and in the middle….Atlantuya’s ghosts.
    Keep nurturing and making racists and fanatics with their race and religion dirty politics…it is this dirty dozens and racists that are not afraid to die….and so…innocent lives will die too.
    Najib cannot find a formula to guarantee him and his family safety.
    That is his dilemma.

  2. #2 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 12:39 pm

    ///The eager beavers who thought they would be chosen but sidelined will muster whatever they can to sabotage Umno….. that still leaves more than one million Umno members who will vote for Pakatan Rakyat./// Mohd Ariff Sabri Aziz.
    True or not? Is this (UMNO’s revolt) not wishful thinking? If one assumes majority of Umno members are looking at access to gravy train by membership of incumbent party why would they cut off their nose to spite the face? How will benefit by a PR’ victory? Why is Premier procrastinating in naming an election date when he’s “enjoying a good personal rating, and good reports from the ground not forgetting Umno is now flush with cash”? First of all we’re neither sure that good personal rating necessarily translates to votes for BN nor there’s “good reports from the ground”. Secondly if he defers election to the last date constitutionally permissible then PR will be forced to hold state elections in states controlled by it simultaneously with GE (as compared to if he has it now when I assume PR can defer state elections in its states and concentrate all their resources and firepower against BN in BN’s controlled states of Pahang Malacca Johor Negri Sembilan etc). Besides Najib aspires not just to win marginally or worse than 308 but win big or else his position as president is up for challenge.

  3. #3 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 12:52 pm

    In attempts to win the 13th GE, Najib has gone overboard by using instant Indonesian Bumiputeras against the country’s indigenous Malays.

  4. #4 by monsterball on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 1:08 pm

    He can use anything…provoking…insulting…play Warrior…play Santa Clause….use gangsters to stir up trouble…anything.
    We are calm and ready to fight the biggest battle…..the mother of all battles…to vote and throw him and UMNO b out of PutraJaya.

  5. #5 by k1980 on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 1:25 pm

    Jib has decided on the date of the 13GE— It will be held on 29.2.2013. So keep on dreaming,guys

  6. #6 by waterfrontcoolie on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 4:13 pm

    After so many promises, I don’t think he would make any change; especially when he is grappling with uncertainty of what strategy he has got left. Having sat there since 08, he should have enough time to plan HIS OWN thought how he should lead the nation. By now, it is too late as he has allowed his fears of loosing grip of the situation to dilly-dally his stand thus allowing the warlords to tie his hand. When he predecessor could fix up Anwar, surely he would have “enough secrets’ to call any of his divisional warlords to toe the line; in spite of his own problems. Basically, he lingered too long and they read him well enough to call his bulff! In deed the word RAHMAN will come to pass.

  7. #7 by Loh on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 7:02 pm

    ///Tomorrow? Your BR1M handouts will be reduced because there will be more “instant Malays” who need it.///–the author

    That is a profound observation that ordinary Malays seem not to comprehend, or was it they have been conditioned to ignore this basic fact? First, Malays accepted Mamaks as their equal. Mamaks had created no wealth but was only involved in the distribution of wealth which he and his cronies Sapu Clean the lion’s share. Yet Malays were pleased that they got something, something more than non-Malays who had nothing. Had they reflected on the issue without being swayed by Mamakthir ‘Malay Dilemma’, they would have realized that they had been conned. Indeed Mamaks controlled everything that government power dictates. Malays have already lost out to Mamaks. Now with the instant Malays, they simply have to share with more people.

    The instant Malays are UMNOputras scheme of getting reelected through fooling Malays into believing that they protect ordinary Malays’ interest. But getting more people to share the limited resources is not protecting the interest of Malays. Why should ordinary Malays lower their shares with instant Malays and Mamaks but refused to share them with non-Malays? If Malays agree to share with non-Malays the wealth of the nation rather than with instant Malays, then Mamaks and other UMNOputras would have no excuse to Sapu Clean. Surely Malays would prefer to share the billions in the hand of a few Mamak cronies, than just be feeling proud that some Mamaks are filthy rich. That is only possible if BN is thrown out, and a new government gets the reformed MACC to collect from the corrupts what are due to the people.

  8. #8 by Loh on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 7:21 pm

    ///Mara pulls back study loan given to PKR leader’s son
    Aidila Razak | 4:36PM Jul 11, 2012 | 56
    UPDATED 7.10PM Mara cancels a study loan offered to Batu Pahat PKR leader Syed Hamid Ali’s son because Syed Hamid is registered as an ‘Arab’.///–Malaysiakini

    That would be a sensible move if it applies to Mamaks and Turkish and other pseudoMalays. Syed Mokhtar would have to give up his government projects too.

  9. #9 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 8:45 pm

    I hear some rumours that elections will be held in early August during the fasting month.

    This is so that the Opposition cannot ‘fitnah’ during this time but Najib and his BN can say all the ‘good things’ about themselves and the faithful might just support them. BN can ask for ‘forgiveness’ and to be given a chance to right any wrongs and they may get a lot of sympathies.

    Let us wait and see.

  10. #10 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 9:21 pm

    Even the Mongolians are sending people to monitor Najib. He’d better be careful. His goose is going to be cooked.

  11. #11 by Loh on Thursday, 12 July 2012 - 10:40 am

    ///PAS has declared its intent to rope in former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Badawi as a key member of the party.///–Malaysiakini

    There is no use getting him as a member when he could not do anything for the country while he had all the power. He could not even get Mamakthir to answer for his misdeeds. Even now when he is supposedly to be out of politics, he could not even defend himself against Mamakthirs’ almost daily attack against him. Yet he declared that he has cordial relationship with Mamakthir. Cordial relationship is reciprocal. Ask Mamakthir for AAB’s comment about cordial relationship, and we can be certain that Mamakthir would have a comment which would not signify that that relationship is anything near cordial, unless master and slave relationship can be said to be cordial. But with the lower bound of BM High School standard, AAB might not even understand the meaning of the word he uttered.

  12. #12 by Loh on Thursday, 12 July 2012 - 10:53 am

    ///KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 — Prominent Muslim scholar Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has said that royalty is not above reproach and must be held accountable to the public for their actions, sparking an immediate firestorm on Twitter after he posted a remark linking it to recent criticism of the royal house here.///–Malaysiankini

    Sedition act or the proposed replacement restricts discussion about royalty in Malaysia. But Malaysians should not be forbidden talking about royalty as an institution. The discussion can indeed be extended to whether such institution serves the society in present days.

    Royalty exists in society where the people are divided into strata. In democracy where the government is elected, the people share the power to elect persons to serve them to ensure that they can live in peace and security. Since every person has equal power to elect the person of their choice, then the people cannot be divided into different strata, much less with differential treatment before the law. In such society, whether or not there is a need for royalty in the country is a legitimate question. If the royals have a role in society, then certainly their existence should be welcomed. Only a person who has no role can be equated to parasite. If a role for the royalty exists, why should there be a fear that royalty would be removed?

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