Egg for omelette or face?

Suspended UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin defied the popular notion that he would quit UMNO after last Friday’s MT UMNO to suspend him from his post, and would to remain and struggle for his quest within UMNO.

Straights Times story:

Muhyiddin to challenge suspension from UMNO

Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin will lodge a report challenging his suspension from a high-ranking position within the the country’s ruling party.

By Melissa Goh, Malaysia Bureau Chief, Channel NewsAsia
Posted 03 Mar 2016 11:33 Updated 03 Mar 2016 13:12

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KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin will lodge a report challenging his suspension from a high-ranking position within the the country’s ruling party.

At a news conference on Thursday (Mar 3), Mr Muhyiddin said he would write to the Registrar of Societies (ROS), a department under the Ministry of Interior, to seek clarification on whether his suspension was in breach of party constitutions.

However he said he would remain with the party. “I will stay in UMNO, it’s in my blood,” he said.

Speculation was rife that Mr Muhyiddin would resign from the the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), after being suspended as deputy president by the party’s supreme council on Feb 26. It had unanimously agreed that he had failed in his duty to assist the party’s president, Prime Minister Najib Razak.

He said that it was better to stay within UMNO and fix it, saying the problem was with party members, not the party itself.

He was axed from Mr Najib’s cabinet in July 2015 after he openly criticised the Prime Minister over troubled state investment fund 1MDB and the large sum of money allegedly deposited in Mr Najib’s personal accounts.

The 68-year-old had also been Malaysia’s deputy prime minister until he was sacked last July.


On Monday, Fifth UMNO President Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad announced he is quitting the nationalist party.

Monday, 29 February 2016 | MYT 4:49 PM

Dr Mahathir quits Umno, again

PUTRAJAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has resigned from Umno.

He said that he made the decision in light of Umno’s support for the actions of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Among the other reasons are the RM2.6bil and 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issues.

“The organisation that is led by Najib today is no longer the Umno which was founded on May 11, 1946,” he said.

When asked whether his son and former Kedah mentri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir would also leave Umno, he said:

“I can’t speak for my son but my wife joins me in leaving Umno.”

At a press conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here on Monday, Dr Mahathir said he would not start a new party nor would he be joining another party.

“I have dedicated myself to Umno even when I was expelled by Tunku Abdul Rahman. I have never joined any other party. I have always supported Umno but Umno is no more,” he said.

“Some people say I’m disappointed that my son is not Prime Minister.
If I wanted my son to be Prime Minister, I could have promoted him during the time I was Prime Minister but you know very well that he could only go into politics after I left,” Dr Mahathir said.

“I don’t practise nepotism. In fact, my relatives feel that I am too strict on this.”

Before the press conference, he attended a meeting with leaders of Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).

Dr Mahathir was expelled from Umno after the 1969 riots and was only readmitted to the party in 1972.

This is the second time Dr Mahathir is quitting the party, which he led from 1981 to 2003, when he was prime minister.

He first quit in May 2008 during the tenure of former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

In 2009, he rejoined Umno when Najib became prime minister.


After openly going against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak for almost a year, the Fourth Prime Minister yet to achieved desired outcome.

He threw all sorts of issues against Prime Minister Najib, which include the ‘moving figures’ of the scandalous strategic corporation’s case of ‘theft and money lost’.

He became the staunch leading figure of Anti-Najib Campaign (ANC). One time an enemy of foreign media, now he is their darling. Even the Neo Con Jewish controlled media is giving him the airtime.

Dr. Mahathir’s staunchest supporters even lied in their zest to create the hype towards diminishing public confidence, about Prime Minister Najib would be arrested if and when he travels abroad. Especially to France, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Unites States.

Dr. Mahathir also hoped that the series of attacks and ‘revelations’ made by foreign media in the demonisation of Prime Minister Najib would eventually cause the latter to cave in and leave or be forced to leave, in many phases.

The MT UMNO did not force him to leave. The UMNO General Assembly did not force him to leave. There was never a coup d’etat by Cabinet Ministers. No was there a vote of no confidence in Parliament.

Dr Mahathir even joined the illegal BERSIH 4.0 rally 29-30 August last year and he attended twice. That was hardly successful.

In his determination to see his desire for Prime Minister Najib to go, he gave endorsement for rebellion within UMNO through very isolated Branch leaders. That did not fly too.

So his last stunt through the UMNO platform was to quit the party, to send somewhat a ripple effect.

What is interesting, he also hoped that Muhyiddin would follow his path and leave UMNO.

The Star story:

Monday, 29 February 2016 | MYT 5:15 PM

Dr Mahathir hopes Muhyiddin will also quit Umno


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PUTRAJAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad hopes suspended Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) will follow him out of the party.

“I hope so,” he said when asked if the former deputy prime minister would also leave Umno.

Earlier, Dr Mahathir announced that he was quiting the party because it supported the actions of Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

On whether his son Datuk Seri Mukhriz, who recently quit as Kedah mentri besar, would follow him out of Umno, he said: “I can’t speak for my son but my wife joins me in leaving Umno.”
Former Batu Kawan division vice-chairman Datuk Seri Kairuddin Abu Hassan, who was present at the press conference, announced that he too was leaving the party.

Khairuddin has lodged several police reports against 1MDB overseas.


However, it did not create the desired effect. Dr Mahathir’s departure became an almost non event. His exit from UMNO came celebrated by the Opposition leaders, which include one time sworn nemesis Chinese Chauvinist Supremo Lim Kit Siang.

The suspended Deputy UMNO President, who is still UMNO Pagoh Division Chairman did proclaim that he is ‘UMNO Totok” (Hardliner). His announcement to remain and work within UMNO is seen as a major snag for the Anti-Najib Campaign, as lesser and lesser UMNO support are turning their backs against the party regardless who is the leader.

This also means that it is certain that the three-million-plus UMNO members put the party ahead individuals, despite the propaganda to demonise Prime Minister Najib.

As UMNO would slowly solidify from the attempt to defragmentise the party the past one year, the Opposition is falling into disarray with the obvious split in PAS and PKR and how desperate they are especially after Anwar Ibrahim’s fate has been sealed as a convict.

The Opposition now is even warming up to a one-time nemesis, in the attempt to gain grounds with the confused fence sitters.

Straits Times story:

Malaysia’s opposition stalwart Lim Kit Siang discussed anti-Najib efforts with Mahathir



Shannon TeohMalaysia Bureau Chief
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s opposition stalwart Lim Kit Siang confirmed on Tuesday (March 1) that he had met Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his ally Datuk Zaid Ibrahim on their efforts to oust Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) parliamentary chief told a Selangor leadership meeting that he had discussed “the current national situation” with Dr Mahathir, who left Umno on Monday in protest at Datuk Seri Najib’s leadership.

“DAP will support all efforts to ‘Save Malaysia’ as distinct from campaigns to ‘Save Najib’ or ‘Save Umno’,” he said.
Last year, Mr Lim called for a grand coalition between opposition leaders and those against Mr Najib from Barisan Nasional (BN), calling it a campaign – a slogan that has recently been adopted by Dr Mahathir.

The former Malaysian prime minister – who remains influential despite his 2003 resignation that ended 22 years in power – had on Monday proposed a “core group” of national leaders with a joint objective to remove Mr Najib from power.

Mr Najib has denied allegations of graft worth almost US$700 million (S$983.4 million) and financial mismanagement of RM42 billion (S$14.1 billion) in loans raised by state investor 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Mr Najib has so far fended off all threats, including sacking deputy Umno president Muhyiddin Yassin from his deputy prime minister post last year.

The Straits Times understands that aside from Mr Lim, Dr Mahathir has also met other opposition leaders such as Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Deputy President Azmin Ali, Parti Islam seMalaysia (PAS) President Abdul Hadi Awang.

Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim has called on Malaysians to rally behind Dr Mahathir, and is planning a March 27 meeting of prominent individuals to work towards the common goal of ending the Najib administration.


That meeting did not augur well with Malay hardliners.

The Malay Mail Online story:

Malay groups warn Kit Siang about using Dr M-Umno feud as ammo

Thursday March 3, 2016
09:51 AM GMT+8

March 03, 2016
10:27 AM GMT+8
Utusan Malaysia reported Jaringan Melayu Malaysia president Azwanddin Hamzah as saying that DAP’s Lim Kit Siang (pic) was acting like ‘batu api’ in his last meeting with the former prime minister. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Utusan Malaysia reported Jaringan Melayu Malaysia president Azwanddin Hamzah as saying that DAP’s Lim Kit Siang (pic) was acting like ‘batu api’ in his last meeting with the former prime minister. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 — Two Malay rights groups today cautioned DAP’s Lim Kit Siang against using Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s current conflict with Umno for political capital.

Utusan Malaysia reported Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Azwanddin Hamzah as saying that the DAP veteran was acting like “batu api”, the Malay term for agent provocateur, in his last meeting with the former prime minister.

“What we saw was Kit Siang trying to use Dr Mahathir’s influence for his own political interest… we are (sic) informed that their meeting was based on Kit Siang’s old ties with the former prime minister when they fought each other politically, so we would like to remind him not to try and take advantage on Dr Mahathir,” Azwanddin told the local Malay daily.

Perkasa Youth chief Irwan Fahmi Ideris expressed similar sentiment and urged other politicians to give Dr Mahathir some space.

“He has just announced his decision to quit Umno. That is a personal decision and we have to respect it,” he was quoted in the Utusan Malaysia’s report.

“But politicians, especially the opposition, have to remember not to make an immediate decision, assessment and use Dr Mahathir’s name for their own interests.”

On Monday, Dr Mahathir announced his decision to leave Umno, claiming the party he once led now only functions to protect its president Najib.

He also alleged that Najib was responsible for the current climate of fear in the country.

Lim subsequently said he had met arch-rival Dr Mahathir for discussions.

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Former MB Kedah Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir also wanted to remain and continue the struggle within UMNO. So is Vice President Dato’ Seri Shafiee Apdal. Shafiee was sacked from Cabinet, in the same reshuffle last July where else Mukhriz resigned last month, for falling out of support from fellow UMNO Assemblymen.

The question is now, the egg has been broken. Like the cliche’ goes, for an omelette or it is actually now on someone’s face?

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The egg on the face has now evolved into a custard dish, for a recipe of long term desert to be served cold.

The Edge Market story:

Dr Mahathir must admit past wrongs, civil society says or ‘No’ to Najib ouster

By The Malaysian Insider / | March 3, 2016 : 11:57 AM MYT
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KUALA LUMPUR (March 3): Civil society leaders say they want an acknowledgement from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that he was responsible for the erosion of country’s institutions before they can consider joining his agenda to remove Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The former prime minister must also make a commitment to holistic reforms, as the current flawed system was to blame for ongoing scandals involving the country’s leadership.

Any plan to oust Najib must also include institutional reforms, they said, or removing the prime minister without addressing systemic chance would be pointless.

Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) director Cynthia Gabriel said the move to remove Najib must include long-term structural reforms.

“If it is just to replace Najib with Zahid and then business as usual for Umno, we will only be putting our country in further jeopardy,” she told The Malaysian Insider, in reference to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“Removing Najib alone will not allow us to come on board. We need to cut the tree and its roots, we need systemic change.

“And we need a clarion call from Dr Mahathir that the changes he plans to lead must be holistic, incorporating openness and accountability in government, measures to cut corruption and uphold the rule of law.”

On that note, Cynthia said it was crucial for the former prime minister to acknowledge his actions during his 22-year rule which destroyed the independence of Malaysian institutions.

“Our proposal is for him to acknowledge his wrongs from his long tenure and make a public admission that he did traverse many human rights rules and destroyed the independence of our institutions, and that he, indeed, regrets his actions.

“That is the only way we can move forward as citizens,” she said.

Dr Mahathir, who stepped down as prime minister in 2003, is both praised and criticised for modernising Malaysia, as well as for eroding civil and political freedoms.

On Monday, the retired statesman decided to quit Umno in protest against Najib whom he has been criticising for more than a year. He mooted the idea of a “core group” who shared the same goal of ousting the prime minister.

But electoral reform coalition Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said Dr Mahathir must also share the blame for the transgressions seen in high office today.

“For instance, the PM holding the finance minister position has had past record, and it is being continued by Najib,” she said, in reference to Dr Mahathir starting the current practice of the prime minister also holding the finance portfolio which he did at different points during his tenure.

“And now particularly, when investigations are on how finances in the country are being managed and the billions allegedly found in Najib’s personal accounts, (the prime minister) should not be holding the finance minister position,” she said.

Maria said even when Bersih held its fourth rally last August to demand Najib’s resignation, it had set clear conditions that there had to be institutional reforms.

“We don’t want a new leader but then corruption and abuse of power still exists as a result of the system not being fixed.

“Because then we can change the prime minister 10 times over, but the country will still be in the same state we are in now,” she told The Malaysian Insider.

As such, whoever wanted to get rid of Najib must have a larger plan for reforms, she said.

“If you look at history from Dr Mahathir’s time, when (Tun Abdullah Ahmad) Badawi came into power, he said he had some reforms, when Najib came, he also said there would be reforms, but we don’t see any of it happening.”

Long-time activist and former PKR deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali lauded plans for a new movement to remove Najib.

“It’s a good sign that people are coming together to change the leadership.

“But it is not enough to replace Najib, we have to change the corrupt and cruel system as well.

“It has to happen together as it is the system that allows him to do this.”

Opposition politicians have so far reacted positively to Dr Mahathir’s call to join forces for Najib’s ouster, saying they were aware of the conflicting agendas regarding reforms and the fact that the retired statesman still wanted to see Umno remain in power.

On that score, Maria said they would only make a decision whether to join Dr Mahathir in his bid to remove Najib, after meeting with the non-governmental organisations under the Bersih 2.0 coalition next week.


It is expected the good doctor would make a joint media conference with the Opposition tomorrow.

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