Hoodwinking the Rulers and Rakyat

Parti Pribumi  Bersatu Malaysia top leaders are out to hoodwink the Malay Rulers and the Malays, with their grave political desperation after their game and stunts the past eighteen months failed miserably.

The Star story:

Saturday, 8 October 2016 | MYT 7:53 PM

Dr M: Elections last resort if Malay Rulers’ choose not to act on Citizens’ Declaration

BY DANIAL ALBAKRI
PETALING JAYA: The polling station will be the last resort should Malay Rulers choose not to take any action on the Citizens’ Declaration, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The former prime minister was referring to his handing over of the Citizen’s Declaration to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah last month.

“He has not decided on doing anything. So now we have gone to the next stage by appealing to all the Rulers.

“If that fails, I think we have to depend upon the elections and whatever else we can do,” Dr Mahathir told reporters at the Malaysia Freedom Summit 2016 here on Saturday.

He said that he had already sent letters to the Rulers and that he was awaiting the Conference of Rulers convening on Oct 11 for any developments on the matter.

On the matter of the apparent lack of support by the other Opposition parties for Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as a candidate for prime minister, Dr Mahathir said it was premature to bring up the issue.

At a lecture in London last month, Dr Mahathir had promoted Muhyiddin as the top pick for prime minister should the Opposition win the 14th General Election.

“If the coalition of Opposition parties wins, then it is the coalition which will decide. It could be Muhyiddin, it could be somebody else.

“I was only voicing my party’s point of view,” said Dr Mahathir, who is also Pribumi chairman.

The former premier also warned that PAS would lose the next election if they did not work together with the Opposition coalition.

When asked about PAS’ ultimatum of refusing to work with DAP, he said that it was “very sad”.

“PAS elected members increased because of working with DAP, because the Chinese voters helped PAS to win as they are quite a big number.

“I hope to be able to talk to PAS to explain that if they don’t have us, the coalition, they, in fact, will be helping the Government (Barisan Nasional). Because they are going to lose,” he said.

Dr Mahathir added that should the situation result in a three-cornered fight during the elections, Opposition supporters would be divided and ensure a Barisan victory.

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Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is really a shameless Statesman. First, he seditiously pronounced that His MajestySeri Paduka Baganda Yang Dipertuan Agong “Is under ‘House Arrest’ ” from not granting him the audience he sought, at the speed that he wanted.

Then when His Majesty Tuanku agreed to see him on 16 September, the XVIth King is not convinced about the self proclaimed “1.4million signatures for the ‘Deklrasi Rakyat’ petition” launched on 4 March.

Thus, Tuanku Sultan Abdul Halim told Dr Mahathir off that he is above politics and refused to meddle into the latter’s game.

Obviously, when Dr. Mahathir and Muhyiddin formed PPBM when his ‘Deklarasi Dr Mahathir-Kit Siang’ flunked miserably after 3-4 months, his target support is the Malays.

The Fifth UMNO President tried to by-pass the political process by using the false “1.4million signatures” as the currency to demonstrate his case to His Majesty Tuanku that the rakyat is with them.

When he couldn’t get the audience in the speed that he expected that the ‘warmth’ of the ‘Deklarasi Dr Mahathir-Kit Siang’ had died down, Dr. Mahathir had to move forward.

Muhyiddin was the convenient court jester and is offered as the President of the new Malay party.

UMNO Treasurer Dato’ Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak was spot on about Muhyiddin said in the past as an “UMNO Totok” would come back, haunt and bite him back where it hurts.

The Star story:

Saturday, 8 October 2016 | MYT 11:16 PM

The past will come back to haunt you, Salleh Said tells Muhyiddin

PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is going to have to own up to what he has said in the past, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak (pic).

Salleh said that any contradictions between what the former deputy prime minister said back when he was still with Umno and now, as part of the Opposition, will come back to haunt him.

“Muhyiddin Yassin is going to find out that what he said in the past and what he says now is going to be picked up and the contradictions between ‘then and now’ are going to be very glaring.

“If Muhyiddin thinks people are going to forget what he said before and the contradictions to what he says now then he is grossly mistaken,” said Salleh in a blog posting on Saturday.

Salleh cited the example of US presidential candidate Donald Trump who had apologised for making obscene comments about women in a videotape recording from 2005 that resurfaced on Friday.

He added that Malaysians would understand that what Muhyiddin said before was as an Umno leader while now, as president of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, he is part of the Opposition.

He mentioned that former Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir had also “changed his tune” from the time he was an Umno member and after he was kicked out.

“No doubt Mukhriz is trying to justify his actions like what the Malays would say: menegakkan benang basah (effort done in vain).

“But then if Mukhriz had not been sacked from Umno would he have changed his tune?

“So this means it has nothing to do with party loyalty but just about personal interests,” said Salleh.

He said that Muhyiddin was also more concerned about his own political needs than about the country and questioned Muhyiddin’s claim that without the help of DAP, PAS would not be able to win many seats in the next general election.

He also wondered how Muhyiddin expected PAS and DAP to “sleep in the same bed” again when the issue that drove them apart was still up in the air.

“Is Muhyiddin saying that PAS should drop the Syariah Courts Act amendment bill or is he saying that DAP should accept the Bill?

“It has to be one or the other for PAS and DAP to get back together,” he said.

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Now Tun Dr. Mahathir is trying to stretch his luck and of course, the drama, with HRH Malay Rulers. He is hoping to get an audience at the upcoming Conference of Rulers to present his case and again, this time, hoodwinking the brethren of Malay Rulers.

Despite being the prime minister for 22 years, Dr. Mahathir is really playing the dice with his goodwill of HRH Malay Rulers. Considering that he used the power of two-third Parliament in his time to amend the Federal Constitution clipping HRHs authority to assent on new laws and uplift immunity.

The Malay Rulers would not conveniently forget how Dr. Mahathir’s actions and other insinuations reflect on his attitude towards them.

It is very surprising if they would agree to grant him an audience. For instance, the last non official who were allowed to present to the Conference of Rulers was Raja Dato’ Kamarul Bahrin, who then was the architect for the new Istana Negara.

It is easy to guess the five Malay Rulers who would not agree Dr. Mahathir to present a political case with dubious “1.4million signatures” to the Conference of Rulers.

Even though HRH Malay Rulers are not involved in politics, the fact that Dr. Mahathir conveniently willing to work with DAP for his political expediency, would augur well with the most exclusive private club in the nation.

It is something taboo for majority of the Malays. The improved-majority result of the twin bi-election of Malay hinterland seats of Kuala Bangsar and Sungai Besar is evidently clear.

The Malays rejected DAP’s stooge in the form of PAN and they would not compromise supporting anti-Malay and anti-Islam elements especially PAS has broken away from Pakatan Rakyat or any other political creature.

Its baffling how far Dr Mahathir and Muhyiddin think they can get away with this, especially their fake friendship with DAP and PKR. The fact the departure of Dr Mahathir, sacking of Muhyiddin and Mukhriz from UMNO week not followed by tears, is telling how the majority felt about them.

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