It seems like the ongoing ‘Operation Market Garden’ to ouster Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak ahead of the 14GE, expected to be early 2018 is getting further away from meeting its objective.
The pro-Anwarista news portal story:
Dr Mahathir says little chance of ousting Najib
Published: 22 October 2015 10:10 PM | Updated: 23 October 2015 7:04 AM
Malaysia’s former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad conceded today that the chances of unseating Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak before polls in 2018 are slim, despite his rallying cries for a “people’s power” movement to topple the country’s leader.
The 90-year-old statesman, who led Malaysia for 22 years, has called on Najib to step down following allegations of corruption and mismanagement at state-owned fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
But Dr Mahathir says lawmakers within Najib’s Umno are protecting their leader, and slammed them for not speaking up.
“All of them are scared and they look after their own safety. They’re not looking after the party, the nation. It’s about themselves,” he told Reuters, speaking from his office at the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
“The way he’s going he might go full term. The way Umno has accepted him because they find he’s comfortable to be with, I think he can go full term.”
Dr Mahathir was once Najib’s patron but turned against him in 2013 by criticising the government’s economic policies and friendliness with the West.
The former leader demanded Najib step down after it was reported in July that investigators looking into alleged wrongdoing at 1MDB had traced a payment of nearly US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) going into the prime minister’s personal bank accounts.
Najib denies taking any money for personal gain.
The fallout from the allegations has scared away foreign investors though, adding to pressure on Malaysia’s economy that was already suffering from falling commodity prices.
Opposition leaders have called on all lawmakers to reject the annual budget that Najib will present to Parliament tomorrow as a show of no confidence against him.
They have also tried to bring a formal no-confidence vote against him.
But Dr Mahathir said such measures would fail as the opposition does not have the numbers to challenge the ruling coalition.
“The fact is that, the opposition is not able to gather enough people to support that. So the government with more support in parliament will push it (the budget) through.”
He said Umno lawmakers were scared of Najib taking action against them, while some others were just “comfortable”.
Najib has previously cracked down on dissenters in his government, ousting his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and other ministers critical of his governance in a Cabinet reshuffle earlier this year.
He also replaced the attorney-general who was leading an investigation into 1MDB.
Muhyiddin, who is the current Umno deputy president, made a rare public appearance with Dr Mahathir earlier this month to condemn the arrest of two men who approached foreign investigators with documents about 1MDB.
Dr Mahathir said he believes Muhyiddin could lead the country, if Najib were to go.
“The former deputy PM would still be able to lead the country, provided that he listens to good advice… people with experience.”
Mahathir said he was concerned following reports that police were investigating him for allegedly making defamatory comments during a rally to protest against Najib.
“I fear, not because of anything, but because of manipulation of justice, manipulation of the law. Otherwise according to the law I have done nothing wrong.” – Reuters, October 22, 2015.
The current political scenario is exactly like Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery’s failed ‘Operation Market Garden’ when British Army 1st Airborne was dropped simultaneously with US Army 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions to capture Arnhem, Nijmagen and Eindhoven.
At the same time, Gen. Brian Horrocks XXX Corp would pouch through the German lines at the Belgian-Holland border and connect the three divisions within 72 hours.
It was a first major Allied Forces failure after the successful “Operation Overlord’ D-Day Landings on 6 June 1944 in Normandy, France.
Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad made up his aloud seven months ago that Prime Minister Najib was incapable and had to leave, either quit or be ousted.
He has been working with likeminded persons such as Sarawak Report Editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown and his minions have been operating aggressively to manipulate and fabricate facts and stories and perpetuating and echoing them, with the help of foreign media.
Two of persons closely associated with the Fourth Prime Minister staged a series continuous reports based on manipulation and lies to foreign authorities and manipulated some of the facts for the benefit of perpetuating lies. They have since arrested under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) and charged under section 124L of the Penal Code for sabotaging the Malaysian banking and financial system.
These foreign media and some of the backers of these NGOs working in cahoot the demonisation of Prime Minister Najib and the Malaysian Government.
The strategy of these different sides are common, with have almost similar approach and storyline. However, the objective is different.
Example is Tun Dr. Mahathir. He wants Prime Minister Najib to be ousted but Barisan Nasional still remain in power.
However, Opposition Leaders such as Tony Pua, Rafizi Daud, Wong Chen, media operatives Rewcastle-Brown, The Edge Media Group and the assortment of foreign media and NGOs such as Malaysia Opposition centric ones and Neo Con Jewish-backed Open Forum Society, Global Witness etc. all have the common objective to see the defeat UMNO-BN control of Federal Government.
The concerted effort so far failed. It did not got the traction what they intended to be. This is despite never before in history there was ever a Malaysian Prime Minister was subjected to such a concentrated, intensified and concerted effort in to oust a sitting Prime Minister.
However, it did damage some degree of public perception towards Prime Minister Najib and probably erode the confidence towards his leadership, administration and policies. Never the less, it didn’t do enough damage to get the rakyat to rise against the Malaysian Government and do a ‘Malaysian Spring’.
Even the BERSIH 4.0 29-30 August 2015 did gather enough traction to move the masses for Malaysians to outer Prime Minister Najib. Not even when Tun Dr. Mahathir attended both days and proclaimed that he was not supporting the rally but instead for the “People’s power” to meet his objective.
This is not the first time the Former Kota Setar Selatan dan Kubang Pasu MP gone after a sitting UMNO President and Prime Minister. The last time he did this, he welcomed Prime Minister Najib to come in as the Seventh UMNO President.
It is obvious that the bridge has been burnt after Fourth Prime Minister incessant progressively voracious attacks within very small space against Prime Minister Najib, in the past seven month.
Inadvertently, what Tun Dr. Mahathir did in his determined effort to oust Prime Minister Najib and desire for BN to remain govern Malaysia might prove to be counter productive. For himself, Prime Minister Najib, UMNO and BN.