Hooded wanker or hoodwinked?

Pro-Opposition groups are voicing their gross skepticism of Opposition leaders teaming up with Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to oust sitting Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, in a baffling show of co-operation between strange bedfellows last week.

The Star story:

Sunday, 13 March 2016 | MYT 7:48 AM

Opposition-aligned groups slam Dr Mahathir’s ‘leadership’ over bid to oust Najib

 

BY DANIAL ALBAKRI

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KUALA LUMPUR: Several groups aligned to the Opposition have slammed the movement allegedly led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to oust Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as Prime Minister.

Badrul Hisham Shahrin, popularly known as Chegubard, acted as spokesman of Saturday’s gathering here that brought together a number of speakers from various groups.

He said the groups called out for the rejection of Dr Mahathir as the movement’s leader, reminding participants of his alleged transgressions against the people and country during his tenure as prime minister.

“This is a dead end. This is just a clash between Mahathir and Najib.

“We have been fighting against both of them. Why is it that now we must choose between them?” said Badrul.

Dr Mahathir, together with a group of key political and civil society leaders, had initiated a citizens’ declaration demanding Najib’s removal as Prime Minister.

“Why does this initiative, this citizens’ declaration exists?

“It is because the people are scared. It is because the people did not rise up,” claimed political activist Haris Ibrahim.

According to Badrul, they believe that Dr Mahathir was only using the move for his own political agenda and not in the interests of Malaysians.

Many of the speakers at the event recalled the days when Dr Mahathir was prime minister and attribute what they described as the degradation of the country’s institutions to his time in power, especially in the 1998 reformasi (reformation) era.

“We cannot raise him up as a figure of change.

“If he fights, that’s all right. If we (the people) make use of him, that’s all right. But to prop him up as the leader and place him in the front, that is not right,” claimed Badrul.

Another concerned participant asked why was the declaration’s signatories did not consult the public, or at least their respective party members, before signing it.

“Why was there no consultation? Why was no feedback taken? Why so secretive?

“Bersih was about to have a roadshow. If they were going to organise a roadshow, why didn’t they use the roadshow to get feedback before signing the declaration?” asked Kohi Kogi, a member of Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit).

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Opposition are now shy to pronounced that their ‘relationship’ with Tun Dr. Mahathir is not carte blanche.

The Star story:

Sunday, 13 March 2016 | MYT 10:55 PM

Wan Azizah: PKR willing to work with Najib, with conditions

 

BY LO TERN CHERN

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BUKIT MERTAJAM: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is willing to team up with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in order to “Save Malaysia”, says Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (pic).

The PKR president, however, said there would have to be set terms and conditions to for the co-operation to work and to bring progress to the country.

“We will not work together if doing so will bring losses to the country and the people,” she told reporters after attending a seminar on women empowerment here Sunday.

Wan Azizah, who is also Permatang Pauh MP, said veteran DAP leader Lim Kit Siang had also voiced the same intent in his blog.

She added that the move was in line with her husband, jailed PKR de factor leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s aspiration to save the country first by putting conflicts aside.

Lim, in a blog post earlier Sunday, had said that he was prepared to work with any Malaysian to Save Malaysia – not just Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin – but also Najib.

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This is what a DAP leader Charles Santiago’s thoughts of deep scepticism:

Tun Dr. Mahathir, from dictator to saviour?

 

House of Cards is a hugely popular American political drama that centres around a politician’s elaborate plan to make himself the President of the US after he gets passed over for appointment as secretary of state. Every episode is peppered with plots of manipulation and greed for power.

Kevin Spacey plays the ruthless politician who makes pacts with his nemesis and teams up with strange bedfellows to become the most powerful man on earth. The point here is that everyone who comes on board his bandwagon have a personal agenda, simmering vengeance, need for revenge: in short, an axe to grind.

On Friday, we saw a group of Opposition politicians, Bersih leaders and representatives from non-governmental organisations band together with former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to sign a Citizens Declaration to oust premier Najib Razak.

Dr Mahathir says the ‘Save Malaysia’ campaigners have come together as citizens to kick out the top guy in the country, who is single-handedly ruining Malaysia’s economy and tarnishing the image of the nation through autocratic means.

I agree that Najib must go for the better of the country and her people. But in this quest for justice one must not also forget that Dr Mahathir is the root cause of the rot that is affecting every Malaysian today.

One cannot deny that his 22 years in power was made possible by the use of draconian laws to jail dissidents and critics. Dr Mahathir introduced money politics in UMNO, robbed the judiciary of its independence, clamped down on street protests and kept a heavy lid on freedom of the media.

He also jailed his one-time prodigy and former deputy Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim, who is still being persecuted under the guise of justice after a sham trial.

No matter what the controversy, Dr Mahathir found himself right smack in the middle of it when he held the top job in Malaysia.

Dismissing his autocratic ways does no justice to the scores of people and activists who were victims of his iron-fist rule.

We fast forward to Friday, and nothing has fundamentally changed, although it was a historic meeting of people who built their careers opposing each other. The Declaration is to remove Najib and not to get rid of UMNO. And it has no tangible mention of ways to find durable solutions for the people who are marginalised, discriminated and left to fend for themselves. It makes no reference to the aborigines or workers’ rights.

The Save Malaysia coalition has ironically only made a passing reference to reforming national institutions, which are crucial to ensure the next government would be accountable and transparent.

Not long ago close to half a million people took to the streets to demand for free and fair elections. Three Bersih rallies before that saw scores of protesters being tear gassed for demanding for an independent elections commission, independent judiciary and a free media.

These aspirations have not been clearly stipulated in the Declaration as the rallying cry of the people, except for a one-liner stating the obvious fact that the people are suffering.

Will ousting Najib while keeping UMNO and the institution intact really solve the rakyat’s increasing financial hardship and other pressing problems?

This Declaration, therefore, is a rushed document that did not think through these pertinent issues. But now that we have a peoples’ manifesto, how do we use it to engage and mobilise them to remove Najib?

As for Mahathir critics, the question would still remain if this is an act of revenge because Najib had flatly refused to continue Dr Mahathir’s policies, setting in motion the crumbling of his legacy.

The onus is now on civil society representatives and political parties to ensure Dr Mahathir does not hijack the movement.

Clearly the jury is still out…

Charles Santiago
MP FOR KLANG

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It is obvious that this ‘Citizens’ Declaration’ is something not really well though through, concocted in rush after all the plans by Tun Dr. Mahathir in the attempt to oust Prime Minister Najib since a year ago failed.

He started with making speeches in the open. It attracted attention and he utilised the media, especially social media platforms and foreign media to expand and escalate his demand against Prime Minister Najib.

He worked closely with Opposition leaders, pro-Opposition and foreign media.

He was trying to rile up the rakyat to a point of critical mass. At the same time, he used sentiments on UMNO platform to gain traction and support, primarily after Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin and Rural and Entrepreneur Development Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Shafiee Apdal were sacked last July.

However, it didn’t fly.

His minions also leaked part of the information pertaining to internal Tabung Haji (TH) discussions on the process and decision to acquire the 69,754 sq. ft. parcel earmarked for luxury residential within the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) development.

It was hyped and cited in such away that the Anti-Najib operatives intended to create the panic run against TH, as part of the demonstration of the Malays rejecting Prime Minister Najib’s leadership.

However, despite the lousy PR to explain the issue and debunk all the lies and negative perception against the strategic intent and benefits of the acquisition, the Anti-Najib move using TH failed miserably.

By August, his ceramahs were intensified. He went to Johor, to try and inflame the anti-Najib sentiments. There were curious audience but no real numbers, to make thing matters. At least not through the party.

Then on 29 and 30 August, the man who once dejected public demonstration crossed the very line he drew. He attended the illegal BERSIH 4.0, two days in a row.

Then it was said that his minions went all over the world making reports on and against 1MDB scandals and this point was hyped, to create the demonic perception against Prime Minister Najib.

In the attempt to diminish public confidence in the strategy to demonise Prime Minister Najib, in October the Statesman even uttered “He (Prime Minister Najib) might be arrested if he travels abroad and tried under ICJ”.

It is simply a stupid lie because Prime Minister Najib did travel to the United States and United Kingdom twice from then till now and other European states which include Turkey.

The Anti-Najib operatives tried to work through party during the AGMs at Division level in October-November, but non avail. UMNO General Assembly came in early December and the Fifth UMNO President could not effectively get the delegates to rise and topple Prime Minister Najib before and during the GA.

Almost immediately, they tried to get ‘No Confidence Vote’ against Prime Minister Najib through Dewan Rakyat. That failed too.

When MACC submitted the incomplete investigation paper (IP) to Attorney General on 31 December 2015, they issued a media statement knowingly that AG Tan Sri Apandi Ali would reject the IP on the ‘RM2.6billion donation’ and ‘SRC International’.

Tun Dr. Mahathir pre-empted that AG would throw the case away. It is the proof that senior MACC officers had conspired with the former Prime Minister, to topple Prime Minister Najib.

When his son Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir eventually resigned after two weeks of political stand off drama, due to lack of confidence and support amongst Kedah UMNO Division leaders and ADUNs, the situation worsened for the longest serving prime minister.

He tried to ride on the suspension of Tan Sri Muhyiddin as UMNO Deputy President. But not many people, especially within UMNO is bothered.

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So as an obsessed and possessed man who demonstrate much lesser rational, Tun Dr. Mahathir managed to get very strange bedfellows like DAP Supremo Lim Kit Siang, PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PKR deputy President Azmin Mohmaed Ali, PAN President Mohammad Sabu, former bar Council President Ambiga, BERSIH Chairman Maria Chin and anarchist Ishamuddin Rais to share the same platform and ink the ‘Citizens’ Declaration’.

That was the breaking point of many Tun Dr. Mahathir’s own hardliners, loyal supporters and sympathisers.

This marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows, opens a new horizon on what Tun Dr. Mahathir willing to do to topple Prime Minister Najib. This include what deal he did with his arch enemy for the past 49 years.

It is naive to exclude that DAP leaders would not not expect anything from the UMNO President and Ultra Malay leader for 22 years, for getting them to come onboard of his personal obsession.

It was said that within the DAP, there were many skeptics of this new relationship with their sworn enemies and they are actually out of reason to rationalise when their hardliners and staunch supporters of many years.

The joint venture did not come easy by Opposition leaders themselves. PKR President Wan Azizah already made a strong statement that Tun Dr. Mahathir needed the Pakistan Harapan support, more than they need him.

Last May, in the attempt to dislodge the confusion of Tun Dr. Mahathir’s rabid attacks against Prime Minister Najib, it was said that “He (Dr. Mahathir) would not take up a war if he doesn’t think that he would win”.

Apparently, the one time regarded as Master Strategist failed at all the tactics to bring Prime Minister Najib down and the demonisation strategy would cost UMNO/BN in the next GE.

The “Thirteen Million Plus Ringgit” question is, whether Dr. Mahathir made a lousy calculation and projection this round or he was hoodwinked by some people very close to him, and used him to hoodwink the larger majority of Malaysians, to topple Prime Minister Najib

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The past a year and half, he had been an obsessed, man-possessed?

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  1. The obsessed and possessed man is Najib, and his Umno sycophants are fruitpickers. Tun is the only hope for majority Msians to reverse the damage and clean the sullied image of Malaysia. Umno, controlled by Najib is busy consolidating its crumbling wall that exposes a cowardly bunch of oligarchs who think they will leave forever ,hence have not an ounce of conscience to repent. The joining of forces with a bunch of opposition politicians doesn’t make Tun M a bad guy at all ( in fact he is honored and supported by the ordinary people), the draconian actions of the Najib regime to suppress dissent is not only bad but ugly and foul smelling. An affront to all principles and fundamentals of democracy.

    • Correction : ” who thinks they will live forever”


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