Repackaging, on a new shelf

The bloody internal fight between PKR President Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim and Deputy President Azmin Mohamed Ali, worsened off since the ‘Semburit Gate’ Scandal moved a notch higher when it was reported that the latter made manoeuvres joining into another party.

Utusan Malaysia:

Azmin tinggalkan PKR, sertai Gerakan?

AZMIN GERAKAN

KUALA LUMPUR 25 Julai – Timbalan Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali dijangka keluar daripada PKR dan menyertai Parti Gerakan dalam masa terdekat ini.

Azmin dikatakan mengambil langkah itu berikutan pergeseran beliau dengan Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berikutan tersebarnya video seks songsang yang dikatakan melibatkan Azmin.

Sumber berkata, setakat ini pemimpin PKR yang mewakili Menteri Hal Ehwal Ekonomi itu masih berbincang dengan pemimpin Gerakan.

Keadaan itu menyebabkan kepimpinan Parti Gerakan dapat membuat keputusan sama ada untuk menerima atau tidak serta kedudukan Azmin di dalam parti berkenaan.

Difahamkan terdapat pemimpin PKR yang kecewa dengan Anwar kini menggerakkan perbincangan itu.

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Parti Gerakan sebelum ini keluar dari Barisan Nasional (BN) dan tidak menyertai mana-mana gabungan.

Langkah ini akan membolehkan parti berkenaan menyertai Pakatan Harapan (PH) yang menjadi kerajaan hari ini.

Jika Azmin dilantik sebagai Perdana Menteri, ia adalah satu sejarah buat pertama kali apabila jawatan tertinggi pendtadbiran negara itu diduduki oleh pemimpin Gerakan. – UTUSAN ONLINE

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The favourite political pundits’ guess and even some were convinced that Azmin, a known ‘Blue Eyed Boy’ of Gerontocracy Prime Minister and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Ali, would conveniently come into PPBM.

One, he will be well liked in there by the party Chairman. Though, everybody else would really hate it but won’t do anything to slight Gerontocracy Prime Minister.

Two, after the recent bitter experience in PKR Azmin and his followers need a shelter for their politics. Without a party, they’d be literally lost at sea.

Earlier in the leading political analyst Joceline Tan opined that Azmin should have subdued himself and make peace with Anwar.

The Star:

Will Azmin accept Anwar’s olive branch?


DATUK Seri Anwar Ibrahim had seemed a bit wobbly on the political front the last few weeks but the PKR retreat last weekend ended in a show of support for his leadership.

For weeks, the uproar over the sex video issue had almost threatened to tear his party apart, but the political retreat attended by PKR leaders, MPs, assemblymen and division chiefs confirmed that despite the split between the top two, the party is still intact, with Anwar having the upper hand.


Anwar also extended an olive branch to Datuk Seri Azmin Ali when he went along with the police view that Azmin was not involved in the sex video.

It was an important gesture to show that he wants to meet his estranged deputy president halfway and that he is keen on a political re­conciliation.

Anwar had very much wanted Azmin at the retreat in Port Dickson. It would have been great optics for the party to show that there is hope for reconciliation.

The Economic Affairs Minister was supposed to address the gathering on Saturday evening and Anwar had phoned him a few times. It is understood that Azmin finally answered Anwar’s call after the latter’s statement on the video but he was unable to attend.

“Many people were looking forward to Azmin’s session, not to criticise him but to hear from him,” said polling expert Prof Datuk Dr Redzuan Othman who had presented the opening paper at the retreat.

The sex video issue was like one of those proverbial elephants in the room, but Prof Redzuan said delegates did not want to rock the boat any further and the controversial video was almost a “sideline issue”. But that did not mean that there was no fiery and emotional debate from those who spoke.

It was undeniable that most of those who attended are with Anwar and they were particularly upset over a statement signed by 28 party leaders censuring Anwar for saying that Azmin should resign if he was indeed in the video.

Some of those who spoke even wanted the party to take action on the signatories.

The mood at the retreat was that it is the party’s stand to support Anwar as the next prime minister and those who do not support that are free to go or, as one speaker put it, the party will “cut off the gangrene”.

“I think they want to see the party united behind the president and future prime minister. They also want disputes to be settled through internal channels instead of being thrashed out in the media,” said Tanjung Malim MP Chang Lih Kang.

Chang admitted that delegates also want Anwar to be firmer and more authoritative in dealing with those seen as sabotaging the party.

One of them criticised Anwar as being “too nice” to those who go against him and that he did not have the “killer instinct”.

The retreat, said Chang, was planned about three months ago to discuss how PKR leaders now holding government posts could use their resources to help the people and implement Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto.

But its timing at the height of a party crisis turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it allowed delegates to let off steam and hear from the leadership.

Anwar, said Selayang MP William Leong, opened up the space for everyone to speak frankly but within the norms of decorum.

“He told us: ‘If you think I am wrong, tell me. If you think I am not doing my job, you are free to say so.’ He wanted to hear from us.

“There was overwhelming support to put the interest of the people and party first and when you do that, everything else falls into place,” said Leong.

He said the public want their problems solved and party members do not want to be distracted by infighting.

The president is keen to bring Azmin back into the folds of the party.

Anwar is very aware that his aspiration to become the next prime minister also rests on his ability to keep his party in one piece. People are not going to take him seriously if his party breaks into two.

Moreover, the fact that 28 party figures are prepared to openly defend Azmin shows that he still has considerable clout in PKR.

As such, Anwar’s overall tone at the retreat was the “language of reconciliation” and the need to move forward.

He is also upset that his political secretary Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak is still in police custody but his stand is to let the police do their work without interference.

It is understood that efforts are being made to find a suitable personality to mediate between Anwar and Azmin. Among the names tossed around are Dr Muhammad Nor Manuty, Datuk Dr Siddiq Fadzil and Dr Redzuan.

They are Abim stalwarts and respected within the PKR circle. 

Prof Redzuan, who is also vice-chancellor of Unisel, had worked closely with Azmin when he was Selangor mentri besar while Muhammad had supported Azmin in the party polls.

The worst seems to be over for Azmin in the greatest debacle in his political career but he is still not out of the danger zone.

The question is whether he will now accept the olive branch held out by the person whom he had sarcastically called “the man in the mirror”.

“The ball is in Azmin’s court,” said Prof Redzuan.

Joceline Tan was an associate editor of The Star and continues to contribute political 

ana­lyses. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of The Star.



Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2019/07/22/will-azmin-accept-anwars-olive-branch/#7zkkhtw8lxMk5h7I.99

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It is very interesting that Gerontocracy Prime Minister was hard and uncompromising with Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim and all of the latter’s sexual circus with men and women, exposed twenty years ago.

However, for Azmin’s current ‘Semburit Gate’ Scandal, he flinched.

It is a very strong indication that without Azmin Ali, he has no succession plan.

Of late, Gerontocracy Prime Minister is getting softer on the sublime messages of ‘Malay Disunity’.

For a man without much time, it is abundantly clear that he has to address this or otherwise the Malays, though the majority of the land, would be fragmented and completely lose power and eventually everything.

More so, if DAP gets more power and Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim has no qualms about doing so, as long as he ascends as the Prime Minister.

In this party game of musical chairs, Azmin know he is not wanted in PPBM. They may ‘insincerely’ accept him as he is Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s ‘Blue Eyed Boy’ but with very strong opposition, especially the hardliners who have given everything for the party from scratch to what it is.

Going into Gerakan seemingly like a good idea. It has a structure but no power and it’s a multi racial party.

It could also be a vehicle that the new Malay Political front, UMNO-PAS Charter, would be more susceptible to.

Azmin & Co could inject a fresh reason d’etre for the multi racial party and come in as the fifth member of PH.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister would love the notion as if Gerakan can re-establish it’s political footing, means DAP has started to be weakened.

On the other hand, it is unsure how is the movement to coerce more UMNO MPs to jump out and eventually end up in PPBM, is going on.

Recent developments may seemingly brought forth a fresh glimmer of hope to the ‘King of Back-Channel Deals’.

Published in: on July 26, 2019 at 08:13  Leave a Comment  

Beruk Kena Belacan dan Cili Api

When Emperorissimo of Chinese Chauvinists Lim Kit Siang reacts very defensively trying to throw bits all over the places, then it is rest assured it’s a manifestation of the restlessness and guilt as the nation’s number one instigator, is on autoplay.

Malaysiakini story:

Thanks again, Zahid, for the latest explanation on ‘klepto-theocracy’

Lim Kit Siang
 (Updated )

MP SPEAKS | I must thank the Umno president, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, for the latest proof of the meaning of ‘klepto-theocracy’ – which he has explained as the political alliance based on misuse of Islam to support thievery, corruption, intolerance, bigotry, lies and falsehoods.

After the Umno supreme council meeting yesterday, Zahid said that Umno will not “open the door” for negotiation and cooperation with any party that has a relationship with DAP.

The question Zahid should ask is, who will cooperate with a party that is headed by a president who is making history in having a total of 87 criminal charges related to corruption?

Or the further question, who will cooperate with a political coalition whose adviser is the person who had brought infamy, ignominy and iniquity to Malaysia because of the international 1MDB scandal – which was condemned in an international conference by the US attorney-general as “kleptocracy at its worst” – and who is on trial for 42 criminal charges relating to corruption, abuse of power and money-laundering?

The answer is simple and straightforward – only the advocates of kleptocracy and klepto-theocracy.

It is only these advocates who will swoon at the popularity of a global kleptocrat’s “Malu Apa Bossku” campaign and believe that this is the recipe for victory in the 15th general election.

It was only early this week that Zahid had provided the latest proof of the toxic politics of lies, falsehoods, race and religion to incite fear, suspicion, distrust and hatred in the script of klepto-theocracy, even resorting to the stupidest of lies and falsehoods.

This was Zahid’s rejoinder to Bersatu chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s claim that Umno practises a culture of becoming “dumb and dumber.” 

Zahid made the most ludicrous insinuation that Mahathir was obeying a DAP directive when the prime minister advised Bersatu to avoid being caught in a cycle of self-serving leaders who will prevent others with more capability to rise and succeed them, as happened to Umno.

I will like to know how many in Umno, PAS, MCA and MIC believe in such garbage?

Dare they identify themselves?

Instead of countering Mahathir’s statement that Umno leaders were becoming “dumb and dumber,” Zahid’s reply only confirmed Mahathir’s analysis.

It is significant that Zahid had not answered my question on Monday.

I had referred to Zahid’s reasons when he announced taking garden leave as Umno president seven months ago, when he had referred to “punishing” conditions imposed on Umno and the humiliation it suffered in a number of meetings he attended. 

In these meeting, he not only faced rejection and insults, but even “humiliation, as if Umno was as unclean as the faeces of animals deemed haram.”

I had asked Zahid whether these Umno indignities and humiliations were a vindication of what Mahathir said about Umno branch leaders becoming “dumb and dumber.”

I had also asked why Zahid must drag DAP into the picture, because whether Umno branch chiefs were getting “dumb and dumber” was no business of DAP and not within my ken.

He did this again yesterday, when announcing the klepto-theocracy political alliance in Malaysia.

I had contended that the best evidence that Umno leaders were getting “dumb and dumber” over the years is their continued silence – even now – on the 1MDB scandal.

Will Zahid now take a stand to denounce the scandal or he is prepared to sink with it?

Would a leadership that is not becoming “dumb and dumber” show no sense of remorse or contrition for the global kleptocracy of the 1MDB scandal, especially after the United States Department of Justice filed the largest-ever kleptocratic forfeiture litigation for US$1.7 billion of over US$4.5 billion of 1MDB-linked assets?

There are examples galore about the political hypocrisy of klepto-theocracy, which has arisen after the 14th general election to win the hearts and minds of Malaysians.

A most recent example of this new political hypocrisy is about the declaration of assets, with the PAS, Umno, MCA and MIC MPs in both Houses of Parliament opposing the motion requiring MPs to publicly declare their assets.

The PAS president (photo) said declaring assets is a communist, socialist concept that may have been dreamt up by DAP. 

The PAS deputy president said it was unIslamic to declare assets, until it was pointed out that the latter had, in 2015, dared the then prime minister Najib Abdul Razak to declare his assets!

The misuse of Islam to support kleptocracy was best illustrated over the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd) issue.

The PAS president had never answered my question as to what he really meant when he said that all Muslims must oppose the ratification of Icerd, despite the covenant having been ratified by countries representing 99 percent of the 1.9 billion Muslims in the world, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, UAB, Algeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Out of the 57 countries in the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) states, 55 have ratified Icerd, except for Malaysia and Brunei.

Was there a suggestion that somehow the 99 percent of the world’s 1.9 billion Muslims, who live in 55 of the 57 OIC countries, had been misled and are not true Muslims?

If the ratification of Icerd means condemnation of Muslims to a life of injustice and oppression, why did 48 of 50 countries, where Muslims make up a majority of the population, ratify Icerd?

The PAS president is the vice-president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars. Had he ever called on 55 of the 57 OIC countries to repudiate their ratification of Icerd, which condemned Muslims in these countries to a life of injustices and oppression? And if not, why not?

But the most reprehensible instance of the misuse of Islam for the cause of klepto-theocracy is the support given to Najib for his 1MDB kleptocracy and his ‘Malu Apa Bossku’ campaign.

This is why in the poem, “An Evil Stalking the Land,” I had said:

But klepto-theocracy has come as a new evil stalking the land

Block the reset of nation-building policies

Sow distrust and hatred among Malaysians

Pit race against race, religion against religion.

Malaysians must save Malaysia a second time, in the 15the general election.


LIM KIT SIANG is the MP for Iskandar Puteri.

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We don’t have go point-by-point but the fact is this compulsive instigator over half a century of insidious and seditious materials designed to attacks the Malays, Islam and all the special previleges reflects his attitude and strategic goal.

He started the culture of sowing the hatred for over half a century, which is very divisive and some of the end-extender and recipients are not able to think otherwise.

Anywhere and everywhere, Emperorissimo Lim completely omitted the fact his son Secretary General of DAP was a convict and half way through a graft charge when the Public Prosecutor, suddenly one day walked up the judge to ask for the charge to be withdrawn.

Instead, he was given an acquittal.

The fact is that his graft trial was never given a full opportunity to be heard and tried before the P.P. withdrew it, conveniently after Tommy Thomas assumed the Attorney General P.P. Post, doesn’t exonerate there was a dodgy deal and the former Chief Minister benefited from it.

Published in: on July 25, 2019 at 20:00  Leave a Comment  

Kalau boleh ‘Pecah dan Perintah’ (Divide and Rule), buat apa serah…..

It is the most effective and productive strategy Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad the Lord of Machiavellianism ever deployed to remain in power for so long and there on, remained politically relevant.

The Star story:

Will Anwar become the 8th Prime Minister?


A discussion about a new book draws interesting perspectives on the much debated transfer of power from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. 

A DAY after Shahbudin Husin launched his book, Anwar PM Ke-8: Janji Serah Kuasa Yang Mesti Ditepati (Anwar The Eighth PM: A Promise To Transfer Power Which Must Be Fulfilled), I met the author to get some insight on this hot topic.

When we met in a cafe in Subang Jaya, Selangor, on Thursday, I jokingly asked him, “Is your book nonfiction or fiction?” to check if he really believed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would be Prime Minister. 

“It is nonfiction,” was the firm reply from the former journalist who has written seven books in Bahasa Malaysia on Malaysian politics.

In January last year, Pakatan had made the promise that if the coalition won, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would be PM and Anwar would replace him later. 

“After PH won, it was ding dong, ding dong. At first, before GE14, Dr Mahathir said the transfer of power would be in two years. After winning, he said maybe in two years, or more or less. And then at a press conference, with Anwar by his side, he said if Anwar gave permission, he would get two and half years. And later he said three years,” the author said. 

With no fixed date set for the transfer of power, Shahbudin contends that Pakatan has a problem. He said that is why it is desirable for the Pakatan presidential council or Dr Mahathir himself to set a firm date.

“I don’t think Dr Mahathir has a problem with setting a date, as this is his second time as PM. Previously, he set a date when Pak Lah took over as PM. No problem,” he said, referring to Dr Mahathir setting the timetable for Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to replace him and become the fifth Prime Minister in 2003.

“The title of your book is ‘Anwar, the eighth PM’. Do you think it will really happen?” I asked. 

“I am confident it will happen,” Shabudin replied.

“Firstly, this time Dr Mahathir is already old, he is not like before – he ghairah (was passionate) to be PM for a long time. Then he got to be PM for 22 years.

“This time, his intention was to get rid of Najib Razak and bring down BN,” he said, referring to sixth Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Barisan Nasional. 

“Secondly, this time Dr Mahathir doesn’t have any strong men.

“Now, he only has Tun Daim Zainuddin. In 1998 when he fought with Anwar, he had Megat Junid, Aziz Shamsuddin and Sanusi Junid. This time he can’t afford to fight.

“For his own good, he should follow his plan (to transfer power to Anwar),” Shabudin said.

During the Dr Mahathir versus Anwar fight in the late 1990s, among the PM’s loyalists and strategists were Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin, the late Tan Sri Megat Junid and the late Tan Sri Sanusi Junid. Back then, the outcome of the fight was that Anwar ended up in jail.

If indeed there will be a stable transfer of power and it is only about the date of the handover, why then in the last one year does it look like Anwar can’t be PM, especially with PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali seemingly in the way, I asked the author. 

“This is mostly influenced by people surrounding Dr Mahathir who are afraid they will lose their privileges when he steps down,” Shabudin replied.

“But then why is there a pergolakan (struggle) in PKR, especially this week when it looks like the party is like retak menanti belah (a crack waiting to split)?” I asked.

“I’ve mentioned in my book that the perpecahan (split) in PKR is because of Dr Mahathir.

“Maybe because he has 13 (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia) MPs, PKR has 50 MPs and DAP has 42 MPs, he feels he is not strong.

“To make himself stronger, he appointed Azmin as Economic Affairs Minister even though PKR did not nominate him, as he was Selangor Mentri Besar then,” Shabudin explained.

“Dr Mahathir made PKR shaky so that people will come to him. That is his style.

“But I don’t think he can last for two years. PH is different from BN. In BN, the PM determines who will replace him but in PH, the presidential council – which consists of DAP, PKR, Amanah and Bersatu leaders – decides who will be PM.

“I think Amanah might follow Dr Mahathir but PKR and DAP will follow Anwar.”

On what is Azmin’s gameplay, Shahbudin said the PKR deputy president indeed wants to be Prime Minister. But he did not think Azmin would get strong support from Pakatan.

“Between Anwar and Azmin, PH definitely will support Anwar and not Azmin,” he said. 

Shahbudin speculated that Azmin could even be sacked from the party: “It will happen soon, Anwar will suspend him for his move to attack the party president,” he said, referring to Azmin telling Anwar to “look at the man in the mirror” after the PKR president said his deputy president should resign as Economic Affairs Minister if he’s conclusively identified as one of the two men in a recent viral sex video.

The author also does not think Azmin would become Deputy Prime Minister in the next few weeks around Hari Raya Haji, as rumour has it.

“Tidak. Gaduh lah. Mesti pecah PH (No. It will be a fight. PH will break). If Dr Mahathir appoints Azmin as DPM, PKR and DAP will pull out of PH,” he said. 

Break it down in percentages, I said, for Anwar becoming PM. 

“I feel more than 70%,” he said.

Azmin?

“Below 10%,” he replied. 

How about a dark horse PM, I wondered.

“The most qualified is Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. But he is not healthy. I think there is no choice (but Anwar).

“Unless Dr Mahathir wants PH to be destroyed. There is talk that Dr Mahathir wants to join Umno. But Umno doesn’t want him,” he said. 

On the day Anwar PM Ke-8 was launched at a restaurant in Shah Alam, a panel discussion of the book took place. One of the panellists, Prof Datuk Dr Redzuan Othman of Institut Darul Ehsan, revealed the findings of his think tank’s survey of 1,600 people in Peninsular Malaysia on who they preferred to succeed Dr Mahathir.

Redzuan said 45% were for Anwar, 16% for Muhyiddin, 11% for Azmin and 1% for Amanah president Mohamad Sabu.

The rest of the results were: 6% for Najib, 3% for Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, 2% for any Barisan candidate, 1% for DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, 1% for Bersatu deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, 3% for “none qualified”, and 8% of the respondents did not want to answer the survey.

“It is clear that only Anwar can succeed Mahathir. Anyone else can dream of becoming PM but based on our survey, only Anwar is accepted by the people,” said Redzuan, who is a longtime friend of Anwar’s.

After Redzuan spoke, it was the turn of panellist Datuk A. Kadir Jasin, who is special adviser on media and communication to the Prime Minister, to speak: “I see that 6% wants Najib to be back as PM. Shahbudin needs to rethink, as 6% wants Najib to be PM,” he pointed out.

Later, Redzuan defended his survey saying that it allowed the public to say whoever they wanted to support as the next Prime Minister: “For sure Najib still has his supporters. But 6% is still far from being a favourite. The majority feel that Anwar is qualified to be the eighth PM,” he said. 

Redzuan also revealed that his survey found that 75% of Malaysians did not want Dr Mahathir to stay on as Prime Minister beyond two years. Of that group, 44% said Dr M could go within the next six months while 20% want him to go immediately.

Interestingly, a survey by the Merdeka Centre that was published yesterday found that Dr Mahathir’s approval rating had jumped seven percentage points. Its monthly study revealed that the Prime Minister’s popularity rose to 62% in June compared with 55% in May. 

During the panel discussion, veteran newsman Kadir said he is confident that Dr Mahathir will hand over the premiership to Anwar. He also explained why he thinks there is no timetable for the transfer of power.

“Imagine if Dr Mahathir says that I am going to step down and hand over to Anwar on this date, the lobby for positions will be hebat (great). Maybe the surprise element is useful not only for Dr Mahathir but also for Pakatan,” he said. 

He said, based on his understanding, Dr Mahathir will give up power to Anwar in two years or slightly more than two years.

If Kadir hasn’t misunderstood Dr Mahathir, Anwar will become Malaysia’s eighth Prime Minister at the latest by 2020.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/its-just-politics/2019/07/21/will-anwar-become-the-8th-prime-minister/#l2qqS8OI1ZiQVkCY.99

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In the same paper, top political analyst Joceline Tan opined that if the Economic Affairs Minister Azmin “Semburit-Gate” Mohamed Ali is forced to be brought down, then he would take Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim with him.

The Star story:

Fallout at point of no return


ANOTHER bombshell has just fallen – the sex video, which has dominated the headlines, is more likely to be authentic than a deepfake.

The revelation will further rattle the situation in PKR which is being dragged down by the open warfare between president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his deputy Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

However, in a move worthy of a suspense movie, Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Hamid Bador said there is a high likelihood that the video is authentic but that the identities of the men in the video have yet to be ascertained.

One of the men in the video has confirmed that it is him, another has denied that he is the other man, but the police are not 100% certain of their identities.

The video scandal has dented the image of the government and rocked PKR to the core.

The split in PKR has been laid bare for all to see and a number of party leaders admit that the animosity and distrust between Anwar and Azmin have reached the point of no return.

The battle lines are clearly drawn.

“It’s a very bitter feud. My fear is that it’s beyond any kind of reconciliation,” said lawyer and Selangor PKR politician Lee Chin Cheh.

The verbal warfare between PKR’s top two has escalated into a dramatic show of strength and numbers, with the two men out to show who has more support in the party.

A total of 28 people issued a joint statement yesterday that was read as a show of support for what Azmin is going through and also as a reprimand of Anwar for not standing by his deputy.

It was a pertinent statement, pointing out how Anwar himself had been a victim of sex allegations and how the party had defended his innocence, enduring tear gas, water canons and even jail time for him.

That was probably what Azmin’s jibe for Anwar to “look at the man in the mirror” was all about.

Among the signatories to the statement were several assemblymen and, more important, a total of 14 MPs. This is an impressive number because MPs have become a highly valuable commodity in the current game of numbers.

According to Lee, two more MPs requested to support the statement after it came out. 

They were Kuala Langat MP Xavier Jayakumar who is also a minister, and Alor Setar MP Chan Ming Kai.

However, the situation is quite fluid because two other signatories, Saratok MP Ali Biju and Puncak Borneo MP Willy Mongin, were seen at a press conference alongside Anwar hours after the statement came out.

Both Anwar and Azmin have their own carrots to dangle for support in the party.

Anwar’s appeal is that he is the prime minister-in-waiting and that is a big carrot to hold up.

Anwar is confident he has the numbers and he is sticking to the script that the transition is intact, saying that he and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad meet ever so often.

He also told a senior journalist that there is even a written agreement that he will take over from Dr Mahathir and the document is in the safekeeping of his secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution.

In short, he is saying to his party that it would be wise to stick to the next prime minister.

Azmin has a bad habit of letting others, especially his loyal ally and Ampang MP Zuraidah Kamaruddin, do the fighting for him.

However, the last one week has seen him emerge to speak up and defend himself. That is what his supporters want to see him do.

But will he shrink back again like a tortoise into its shell given that the video may be authentic? The Anwar camp will surely ramp up the pressure for him to resign.

The Azmin camp insists that Dr Mahathir is with the Economic Affairs Minister. If that is true, it is a pretty awesome thing given the elder man’s clout over the coalition.

Dr Mahathir thought it wise to take a step back from the issue.

His excuse when waylaid by reporters for his opinion on the latest development was that he has “lots of other things to do”.

The Prime Minister is a busy man but you need to read between the lines when it comes to Dr Mahathir and some thought it was his way of saying that he has more important things to do unlike the warring leaders of PKR.

Others suspect that he might actually be enjoying the whole spectacle. At 94, he thought he had seen it all but politics continues to surprise him. 

The video scandal as well as allegations that the mastermind is a top aide of Anwar has somehow complicated the transition plan. If Azmin does fall because of the scandal, he will do what it takes to drag Anwar down with him. 

PKR is navigating extremely troubled and murky waters and doubts have resurfaced that Anwar’s ship may have difficulties arriving safely at the harbour.

Joceline Tan was an associate editor of The Star and continues to contribute political analyses. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of The Star.



Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2019/07/19/fallout-at-point-of-no-return/#5MlWYCtjI0AWX119.9

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It is abundantly clear this ‘Semburit-Gate’ is a very divisive element not only within the PKR party, which is the largest component of the ruling party but also to Pakatan Harapan itself.

Another case in point is that Gerontocracy Prime Minister managed to hoodwink the members of his own party from being democratic. Especially, in their zest to expand as the leading Malay and Bumiputra political power, when the expansion into Sarawak and Sabah.

The EGM in Serdang yesterday saw the aspiration for the grassroots to decide for the top leadership diminish when delegates voted for the ‘One Member, One Vote’ (Satu Ahli, Satu Undi -SASU) only stop short at branch and division levels.

Supreme Council posts are to be decided by delegation.

The party election would also be extended to a maximum of four years, which the fourth year of its inception considering all the Supreme Council leaders have been appointed and placed by only a few at the top.

Perhaps people in Johor, which is one of the two mainstay of PPBM May conveniently forget that Gerontocracy Prime Minister utilised the ‘Divide and Rule’ to put the party’s state leadership in disarray and disunited.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister already got them divided, so that he could rule quite a bit more.

It is also reflective in very strategic Federal Government agencies like Attorney General’s Chambers, Royal Malaysian Police and MACC.

With staunch Mahathirist Chief Constabullary Hamid Bador “Buang masa!” comment just yesterday on how some politicians demanded for the quick investigation on the ‘Semburit’ shocking, it would manifest the Machiavellianism in the Police Force, if not erode public confidence as well.

What is interesting in the EGM Chairman maiden speech yesterday Gerontocracy Prime Minister took swipes against UMNO, instead of addressing political issues which Pakatan Harapan is facing and threatened by, clear and present danger.

Malaysiakini story:

Dr M warns Bersatu against Umno’s ‘dumb and dumber’ ways

Alyaa Alhadjri & Haspaizi Zain
 (Updated )

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Bersatu chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said the party should avoid being caught in a cycle of self-serving leaders who will prevent others with more capability to rise and succeed them.

Addressing 1,215 delegates at the party’s Extraordinary General Meeting, Mahathir said the same situation had led to Umno’s eventual downfall as the people moved to reject self-serving leaders.

“In order to preserve his position, an Umno branch chief is not keen to allow others who are more capable to be members. The only ones who can join are those dumber than him…

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UMNO is quick to respond to both Gerontocracy Prime Minister and IGP Hamid.

FMT story:

Confirmation by cops that sex video is authentic enough, says Umno sec-gen

Gerontocracy Prime Minister warns PPBM shouldn’t be for self interest.

The Star story:

What Cabinet reshuffle? Dr M refutes rumours


SERDANG: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has refuted rumours of a Cabinet reshuffle following a viral photograph of the full Cabinet taken on Friday (July 19) before a meeting in Putrajaya.
 
“Yesterday was one of the few times where all of the Cabinet members were present, so we wanted to take pictures of all members,” he told press conference after the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) extraordinary general meeting (EGM) here on Saturday (July 20). 

Asked if there was a possibility of a reshuffle in the near future, Dr Mahathir said: What do you suggest? 

“I listen to people, you know, I am influenced by you,” he shot back, drawing laughter from the media.
 

The photograph showed the full Cabinet – with no absentees – together with Dr Mahathir before the scheduled meeting in the morning at the Prime Minister’s Office.

On Bersatu’s election, Dr Mahathir, who is the party chairman, said they had yet to fix a date. 

“We hope to be able to do it this year,” he added. 

Dr Mahathir said 79 out of 80 amendments to the party’s constitution were approved by some 900 delegates who attended the EGM. 

“While they agreed to have affiliated members from non-Bumiputeras, they will not appointed as committee members,” he said without explaining which committee. 

He also noted there were proposals of “one member one vote” system for the party election, but said it was not practical.

Earlier, in his opening speech, Dr Mahathir warned party leaders and members that they must not go down Umno’s path of putting personal aspirations ahead of the struggle for race, religion and country.

“We do not fight for our own interest but we fight for the race, religion and country, so when we succeed, so we will be looked upon highly and respected after sharing all the benefits amongst us,” he said. 

“Let us not be like Umno. We fight for the party’s strugggle and not for self-interest. 

“We always have to remember that the rakyat will not support those who fight for their personal interests,” he said. 


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/20/what-cabinet-reshuffle-dr-m-refutes-rumours/#kEafsz9WOCAApozw.99

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It is interesting quite nearly one and a quarter year after denying UMNO power in the Federal Government and most of the State Governments, Gerontocracy is still using the nationalist party that he helmed for twenty two and a quarter year as the ‘Bogeyman’.

It is now up to Gerontocracy Prime Minister to stir up his agents within UMNO, in the moment of Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim’s systematic drumming up for the change-over of Premiership in PKR’s most vulnerable and lowest ebb.

At the same time, utilise and maximise the remaining 38MPs to gang up and fortify the notion ‘Lets stop Anwar from becoming PM’ by ‘encircling the wagon’.

Perhaps, ‘Demi kesinambungan kuasa Melayu dalam tunggak Kerajaan’ would be the quite apt excuse to sell.

Dr Machavellianist’s man in UMNO, would seize the moment.

Carpe Diem!

Published in: on July 21, 2019 at 18:00  Leave a Comment  

Punah Harapan

In the complexity of the permutation of recent developments of the ‘Semburit Gate’ where the IGP is nonchalant on the report made, investigations and statements issues, statements made and stance taken by PKR and Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s own worries emitting from it, it is best laid simplistic clear:

Malaysiakini story:

DAP rep: Azmin should realise he doesn’t stand chance of becoming PM

 (Updated )

DAP’s Sungai Pelek assemblyperson Ronnie Liu (photo, above) said PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali should realise he does not stand a chance of becoming prime minister over PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.

This, he said, is because the majority faction in PKR, as well as Amanah and DAP, backs Anwar as the next prime minister.

He added that Anwar has been agreed upon by Pakatan Harapan as the person to succeed Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad but Azmin being the “blue-eyed boy” of Mahathir had led to widespread speculation that there was a plot to make Azmin prime minister instead of Anwar.

“This much is true. Anwar might not be Mahathir’s favourite but he is the choice of PKR (at least the majority faction within that party), DAP and Amanah.

“Even if some Bersatu and PKR members were to rally behind Azmin, they would still not be the majority within Pakatan. Not even close.

“So, I don’t think Azmin has any chance of becoming prime minister. He should realise this,” he said in a statement.

Liu said it was possible for Bersatu to grow quickly if there were massive crossovers from Umno and PAS and they could theoretically back Azmin, but that was unlikely to happen anytime soon. 

The DAP lawmaker said Mahathir should quell any uncertainty by setting a timeline to hand over power to Anwar.

“Mahathir should accept that and therefore do more to assure everyone that he is going to stick to the agreed plan

“It’s not enough for him to keep saying he will do so. He needs to give a precise timeline.

“Once a fixed timeline is announced, and everything suddenly becomes more concrete, we should see the end of internecine warfare within PKR,” he said.

Liu said a stable PKR is important for Harapan’s own stability that is important for the economy.

“This will also help to ensure that BN will not come back to power in the next elections,” he said.

The rift between Anwar and Azmin has widened following a sex video implicating the latter.

Anwar had said Azmin should resign if the sex video is proven to be true while Azmin’s allies have accused Anwar’s faction of having a hand in the creation of the video.

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Last night Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s presence and call at the PKR Pow-Wow on President Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim’s own turf with the obvious absence of Deputy President Azmin Mohamed Ali and leaders aligned to the latter, is very telling.

The Star story:

Many PKR leaders retreat from retreat


  • NATION

  • Saturday, 20 Jul 2019

Reports by RAZAK AHMAD, SIRA HABIBU, ZAKIAH KOYA, AIDA AHMAD, M. KUMAR, HANIS ZAINAL, MEI MEI CHU and ASHLEY TANG 

PETALING JAYA: Top PKR leaders, including 15 MPs as well as 21 members of its central leadership council, did not show up at a party retreat that was meant to mend the rift between certain factions and also iron out problems brewing within the party.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad attended the opening night of the retreat at Anwar’s invitation.

Other leaders who did not attend were those deemed to be Azmin allies, among them vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin, women’s wing chief Haniza Talha, and youth wing deputy chief Muhammad Hilman Idham.

While some said they had to attend to other matters in their ministerial capacity, MPs claimed that they had already planned to return to their constituencies.

A few others said they did not think that the retreat comprising all PKR leaders would be focused enough to craft solutions for the party’s current problems.

In recent days, the gap has widened between the Anwar and Azmin camps after the former said that the latter should resign from the Cabinet if it was proven he was indeed the man in a viral sex video.

Azmin rebuked Anwar by stating that his party president “should look into the mirror”.

A group of 24 central leadership council members then signed a statement on Thursday to rebuke Anwar for telling Azmin to resign, while six of 14 state party chiefs signed another statement yesterday in support of their president.

Foreign Minister and leadership council member Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, who was part of the group that rebuked Anwar, said he was meeting his counterpart in Jakarta last night and had a packed schedule.

Party vice-president Tian Chua said he did not go last night but would attend the retreat today.

“Some of us will attend partially – there is no concerted effort to not to attend the retreat,” he said.

Chua said the idea of the retreat was mooted about three months ago by the top leaders to resolve differences within the party.

The PKR elections late last year that went on for three months saw much mudslinging between the camps of former Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli, allegedly under the auspices of Anwar, and Azmin.

Rafizi lost the elections but was later appointed a vice-president.

Fellow vice-president Zuraida said she could not attend the retreat because she needed to attend the World Firefighters’ Day at Dataran Merdeka today and that she would be flying to Surabaya tomorrow.

“I have other things to do. I have firefighting of a different kind.

“People can make insinuations as to why I did not go. 

“I received the invitation more than a month ago,” said Zuraida, who is also Housing and Local Government Minister.

As for Haniza, she could not attend the PKR retreat but said she had tried “to free her schedule”.

“As usual, many programmes happen during the weekend and I have to settle things before leaving for Surabaya on Sunday,” said Haniza, who is Lembah Jaya assemblyman in Selangor.

Haniza said she would be with Zuraida in Surabaya to visit a successful public housing programme.

“The PKR retreat is not actually a retreat because all the branch leaders from all states will be present as well,” she said.

A PKR central leadership council member who is also an MP said he was staying away to send a strong message to the prime minister-in-waiting, Anwar.

“When issues are especially critical within PKR and there is a need for an intense discussion with focus groups comprising the top leadership of the party, he holds a retreat calling everyone – a mixture of legislators and grassroots leaders from all levels,” said the MP who declined to be named.

He said such a gathering with no focus groups would offer no solutions for the party even if everyone were to be holed up for a week.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/20/many-pkr-leaders-retreat-from-retreat/#C2v5xz5fERzSUhVV.99

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Gerontocracy Prime Minister message on the ‘Night With The Long Faces’ is abundantly clear: sort ourselves out or we would be phased out.

Utusan Malaysia story:

Bertelagah, rebut kuasa punca PH akan hilang kuasa – Dr Mahathir

PORT DICKSON 20 Julai – Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad menegaskan bahawa kekuatan Pakatan Harapan, amat bergantung kepada perpaduan dan keutuhan ahlinya.

Beliau berkata untuk itu, semua anggota parti tidak boleh membiarkan diri terganggu dan hilang fokus dengan perkara-perkara sampingan, yang tidak ada nilai sama sekali dengan pembangunan dan hala tuju negara.

“Kuasa yang diamanahkan oleh rakyat kepada kita, adalah untuk memperbaiki apa yang telah rosak dan memperbetulkan apa yang salah, tidak lebih dan tidak kurang daripada itu.

“Kita juga perlu bertanya kepada diri kita, apakah kita akan terus mendapat mandat daripada rakyat, jika mereka melihat kita berterusan bertelagah kerana berebut kuasa tanpa sedar, kerana kita berebut-rebut itulah kita akan hilang kuasa,” katanya dalam ucapan pada Majlis Temurapat Pimpinan Keadilan Pusat di sini, malam tadi.

Turut hadir, Timbalan Perdana Menteri yang juga Pengerusi Majlis Penasihat PKR Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Presiden PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim serta barisan pimpinan PKR pusat dan negeri.

Menyingkap kembali kejayaan PH, Dr Mahathir yang juga Pengerusi PH berkata buat sebelum gabungan itu berkuasa, kesemua komponen parti telah bersama-sama mengetepikan perbezaan-perbezaan seperti dendam, marah serta rasa benci yang wujud.

“Kenapa kita boleh ketepikan itu semua? Kerana kita sedar dan nampak akan kerosakan yang telah dan sedang berlaku ketika itu, dan dilakukan oleh pemimpin-pemimpin negara serta rakan-rakan seperjuangan mereka. Kita juga sedar jika kita tak lakukan sesuatu untuk menyekat mereka (merujuk kepada BN), masa depan negara dan anak cucu kita akan hancur berkecai.

“Kita bertemu dan berbincang. Kita bertengkar dan kemudian berdamai. Kita bercanggah pendapat dan kita juga bertolak ansur. Walaupun mungkin masih ada saki baki rasa tak puas hati terhadap beberapa perkara, kita ketepikan dan kita maju sebagai satu pasukan,” katanya.

Berbicara lanjut, perdana menteri yang juga Pengerusi Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) berkata PH juga buat julung kalinya sebagai gabungan pembangkang sebelum Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 yang lalu, bersetuju menggunakan simbol PKR memandangkan Pendaftar Pertubuhan tidak membenarkan simbol PH digunakan.

Katanya, semua ini dilakukan kerana semua pihak dalam gabungan mengambil sikap bahawa menjadi tanggungjawab setiap rakyat Malaysia yang sayangkan negara, untuk bertindak menyekat kerosakan-kerosakan yang sedang berlaku dan dilakukan ketika itu. – BERNAMA

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That is quite mild considering that the internal problems within Pakatan Harapan, like rumblings in the interior of PKR, DAP and more and more prevailing, PPBM, isn’t damning to them as quite how they fare in the performance as Federal and State Governments and meeting the rakyat’s expectation.

Never mind the complete non delivery of the Manifesto Pakatan Harapan.

The mumbo-jumbo of incoherent administration with serious flaws of:

1. Political stability and political will and direction

2. Decision making process, decisions made and the follow through of the policies and decisions made

3. Implementation of on going and new policies, which often is incoherent and mechanically, unorchestrated

4. The compulsion of lies and spins PH leaders habitually do, for their sordid political expediency

All and sundry, the general Malaysian public’s confidence is eroding away. Even amongst the idealistic.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s Party Chief Strategist opined that the ‘Semburit- Gate’ is a conniving ‘Game of Thrones’.

Malaysiakini story:

For good governance, not a never-ending ‘Game of Thrones’

Rais Hussin
 (Updated )

COMMENT | The whole goal of being in politics is to be in power. 

In Malaysia, small as it is in terms of population, the people involved in the political arena have taken politics beyond the threshold of what can now be known as the never-ending ‘Game of Thrones’ over who will be the next prime minister.

The irony is that this was known before the 14th general election that it would be the chink in Pakatan Harapan’s armour going into battle with the then-formidable BN, especially Umno.

Therefore, all key members of Harapan, without fail, named Anwar Ibrahim as the prime minister-in-waiting, once Dr Mahathir Mohamad became the prime minister – as the latter himself preferred then and prefers now.

For the lack of a better term, the politics of Harapan should not have had to experience what one is witnessing now in Malaysia, with the economic affairs minister taking the charge of the light brigade to go against his own party president.

There are five strategic dangers to be wary of with the perpetual quest for the office of the prime minister, will upend New Malaysia as we know it, playing in the background.

First and foremost, former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak (photo) is biding for time. He has even returned as the chairperson of the BN advisory board.

Even Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has resurfaced from his garden leave. In other words, the proverbial heads of snakes can still bite, even when detached from their bodies.

BN and PAS are looming large. They don’t even have to do anything concrete and serious to gain electoral support come the 15th general election.

Harapan can be thoroughly defeated, which will allow the kleptocrats and their ilk to make a quick comeback and deliver a coup de grâce against what Malaysians voted for last May – a clean and competent government. 

Second, Malaysia has a bureaucracy of some 1.5 million civil servants across the thirteen states. They should be nonpartisan and have sworn to be nonpartisan. 

But when the Harapan government cannot operate in tandem with what has been promised to the people, or in accordance with the election manifesto, then the civil servants will not ride above the parapet to serve the people.

They will watch at the sidelines, quietly, perhaps sheepishly, to find out who will win the ‘Game of Thrones’ first before deciding to work. In other words, this will not only legitimise these civil servants’ seeing, hearing and saying no evil, but will render them dysfunctionally neutral.

This is turn will lead to self-inflicted harm on the political economy of Malaysia. There are more than 900 GLCs that command up to 70 percent of the equities or financial weight in the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE). 

When the civil service does not work actively to enhance the welfare of the people, the GLCs cannot work in tandem with the government to produce the necessary deliverables. 

The net outcome is a slow paralysis of ‘Malaysia Inc’, where corporate fat cats who have already cashed out prior to the conclusion of the last general election just need to wait for the government to collapse so that the wheel of fortune can turn again to their favourite group of politicians.

Perpetual one-upmanship

Fourth, if the never-ending ‘Game of Thrones’ continues unabated, with or without any reference to the sex video – which has been proven to be authentic by the inspector-general of police himself – international investors would prefer to place their bets on and in other countries. 

Cambodia and Laos are two of the fastest rising economies in Southeast Asia with a growth rate of 6.9 and 7.1 percent respectively. Their currencies are semi-pegged to the US dollar, and their financial backers are China. Why should the international business community take Malaysia seriously? 

They won’t when there is a perpetual game of one-upmanship to dethrone Anwar, the anointed successor of Mahathir.

Finally, the supporters of the never-ending ‘Game of Thrones’ are bound to lose all if they are throwing all their lot with Azmin. 

The economic base of Azmin is in Selangor. Unlike the days of Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, the former menteri besar who built up the Selangor coffers, no one knows how much the state government still possesses.

For all that we know, Selangor may be taking on water, which explains why the Malaysian economy seems to be sputtering to a stop, as 25 percent of the GDP is from the state.

Malaysian politics cannot be completely dis-entangled from economics, which is why all sides want to be the top dogs in the government. 

But if rabies has set in – manifested in wanting to take a big bite out of everyone, including the party president – then the signs are not healthy that they will be able to lead Malaysia.

Then, the blame of ruining the New Malaysia will be on these dogs of war.


RAIS HUSSIN is a supreme council member of Bersatu. He also heads its policy and strategy bureau.

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Without stating the obvious but media is having a circus of the recent developments, the series of statements issues and media conference is very telling that PKR, which is the party with the most significant seats in Dewan Rakyat and DUNs, is sounding like a cranky cement mixer critically being pushed down a very dodgy and steep-angled amusement park ride.

The Star story:

Analysts: PKR in deep crisis due to rifts


  • NATION

  • Saturday, 20 Jul 2019

PETALING JAYA: The turmoil in PKR over the past two days is a clear sign that the party is now in deep crisis from rival factions aligned to president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his deputy Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

Political analyst and Universiti Sains Malaysia social science lecturer Prof Dr Sivamurugan Pandian said this could be seen from three recent incidents.

The first one took place on Thursday when 28 party leaders comprising PKR central committee members, MPs and state assemblymen signed a statement expressing their support for Azmin.

The 28, who include 15 MPs and eight state assemblymen, also told Anwar off for calling on Azmin to resign if it was proven that he was one of the two men in a viral sex video.

The second incident happened yesterday when six out of the 14 PKR state chiefs expressed their loyalty to Anwar.

The third development was a PKR leadership retreat held in Anwar’s parliamentary constituency of Port Dickson last night, where Azmin and many of his loyalists were absent.

“The retreat is supposed to be for all leaders. If only Anwar’s faction turned up, it shows that the crisis has widened.

“This feud involving a few leaders arguing via statements has degenerated into a fight that has affected a party programme. To me, this is a clear sign of a party in deep crisis,” said Prof Sivamu­rugan.

Universiti Malaya political analyst Dr Muhammad Asri Mohd Ali pointed out that PKR is the biggest party in the Pakatan Harapan coalition government with 50 MPs and 79 state assemblymen.

He noted that the problems in PKR are taking place as the transition of leadership from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Anwar, that has been agreed by Pakatan, is approaching.

“It’s clear that PKR is in crisis. With PKR being the main component in Pakatan, a failure to resolve or manage the rift in the party well could cause PKR’s problems to spread to Pakatan as well,” said Asri.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/20/analysts-pkr-in-deep-crisis-due-to-rifts/#fSRsFkFfes7c4MrR.99


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Now, what is interesting, is Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s unofficial mouth Dato A Kadir Jasin’s comment on the lame IGP Dato Abdul Hamid Bador’s statement about the ‘Semburit-Gate’ video, which suspiciously looks like the latter is trying to cover up and down play from the matter being hot and in perpetuation amongst the rakyat.

The Star story:

Kadir: IGP’s statement adds more mystery to scandal


  • NATION

  • Saturday, 20 Jul 2019

Abdul Hamid on Thursday said the sex video was likely to be genuine, adding that there was an evil pact led by a leader of a political party to humiliate and damage the reputation of an individual.

In his blog, Kadir said that the matter was already affecting the Pakatan Harapan government.

“This individual is even willing to be jailed in defence of his allegation,” he added.

Kadir also said Abdul Hamid’s statements opened the door to a few possibilities, such as charging those who engaged in homosexual acts in the video and charging those who screened or circulated the obscene video.

“Those who feel they have been humiliated can (also) initiate civil action through a defamation suit,” he added. 

He said Pakatan leaders should not wait until Malaysians grow tired of their behaviour and foreign inves­tors lose confidence in the country.

Meanwhile, former law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said Abdul Hamid should have maintained his professionalism and not make political statements.

“The IGP is a professional. He should not make judgments and talk about political conspiracies,” Zaid was quoted as saying by a news portal.

He added that the IGP should instead conduct a thorough investigation and present the evidence collected to the Attorney General.

“This is what the public is expecting from an impartial and professional team.

“We all love Azmin but we love the country more,” he added with a hint of sarcasm.

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It is popularly known IGP Hamid was picked by Gerontocracy Prime Minister for the ultimate purpose of the latter’s confidence with the former, on top of his over twenty years ‘speciality’ on Anwar and PKR when they were political enemies.

So many already slanting towards IGP Hamid’s lame statement on the investigation of a very high profile case, is a poor attempt for a cover up.

If it is an attempt for a poor cover up, then in the short term who would benefit from it.

Conveniently, PPBM would be having their EGM today. It is to amend the Constitution, a step before party election can take place.

It is believed that delegates to PPBM EGM today would ‘compromise’ the notion for the ‘Satu Ahli, Satu Undi’ (SASU), which would only be for branch and division levels but not higher posts.

What another interesting point to note is that since the ‘Semburit-Gate’ scandal is out, DAP has been completely silent except for this Ronnie Liu’s statement.

It is not totally off to take DAP is rock solid behind Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim and the quest for the latter to ascend the Premiership the soonest as it could happen.

Then again, Home Minister Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin, who is the Police reports to, is also silent when it comes to ‘Semburit-Gate’.

One, the Home Minister’s own turf isn’t as rosy as it should be as the PPBM on his own home state is still roughly ‘unsettled’, which is affecting PPBM at Supreme Council leadership.

Two, the strong notion on the post Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s PH rule which many bought into the rumour that Muhyiddin would be Deputy to Prime Minister Anwar “Mat King Leather”.

The ‘Blame- Game’ strategy of sow of hatred by PH against BN is unequivocally and completely fail on this ‘Semburit Gate’.

This could the ‘trigger point’, which many is looking for, especially in either moving forward or reversal of situation.

The weekend where PKR is having its pow-wow on the President’s own turf and Gerontocracy Prime Minister had to come down and address them where as DAP already sounding out on the ‘Semburit-Gate’, UMNO President Dato Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is camped in Kelantan.

Both sides are mending fences. One is keeping the sheeps in. The other, keeping the wolves together.

It’s suspiciously, that last night would be one day known as the ‘The Night of the Long Knives, Long Faces’.

*Updated at noon

The significant absent top PKR leaders from the party Pow-Wow in Port Dickson last night, specifically Deputy President Azmin Mohamed Ali and senior leaders aligned to him are now coming up with very lame excuses.

MMO story:

Zuraida, others explain PKR retreat absences, Tian Chua says no joint absence

KUALA LUMPUR, July 20 — Top PKR leaders have given their reasons for not attending yesterday the first night of PKR’s three-day retreat in Port Dickson, while party vice-president Chua Tian Chang said there was no plan to be absent together.

Chua, who is better known as Tian Chua, reportedly said he will attend the retreat today after being absent last night.

“Some of us will attend partially — there is no concerted effort to not to attend the retreat,” he was quoted saying by local daily The Star, reportedly noting that party leaders had proposed the retreat three months ago to solve internal differences.

Amid tensions with PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali was absent along with some other leaders at the Port Dickson retreat.

According to The Star, PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin said others could make “insinuations” on why she did not attend, but said it was due to her having to be present at the World Firefighters’ Day event today at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur and having to fly to Surabaya, Indonesia on Sunday.

“I have other things to do. I have firefighting of a different kind,” she was quoted saying.

PKR Wanita chief Haniza Talha said she had sought to clear her schedule for the retreat but was unable to attend, noting that many programmes usually happen during the weekend and she had to settle things before leaving for Surabaya also on Sunday.

“The PKR retreat is not actually a retreat because all the branch leaders from all states will be present as well,” she was quoted saying.

Haniza who is a Selangor lawmaker will be going with Zuraida who is housing and local government minister to visit a public housing programme in Surabaya, The Star said.

Zuraida, Chua, Haniza were part of a list of 27 top PKR leaders ― including four vice-presidents and 19 central council members ― that had signed a Thursday statement to publicly rebukeAnwar after he called on Azmin to resign if the veracity of the sex video in a scandal is established.

Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah ― who also signed the statement ― was having an official meeting in Indonesia last night, The Star said.

The paper reported that PKR Youth deputy chief Muhammad Hilman Idham ― who had also signed the public rebuke ― was not present as well last night at the retreat.

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There is a Malay saying, ‘Cracks waiting to split’.

The idealism of Pakatan Harapan for a ‘Reformed Malaysia’ (Malaysia Baharu), is slowly and systematically slipping away from the clenched gullible hopefuls.

Published in: on July 20, 2019 at 10:00  Leave a Comment  

Trigger-no-metry

Is the game is afoot with the arrest of political aide to PKR President Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim in the high profile investigation of the ultra-sensational ‘Semburit’ shocking video during the Sandakan by-election?

The Star story:

Anwar’s aide arrested in connection with Haziq sex video case


  • NATION

  • Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019

PETALING JAYA: Perak PKR leader Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak has been identified as the politician arrested by the police to assist in investigations into a sex video scandal that has embroiled Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.   

Farhash, who is the political secretary of PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was nabbed along with two other suspects in Pasir Gudang, Johor on Tuesday (July 16), according to sources.

Farhash had previously asked Azmin to quit if the evidence over the sex video clips was overwhelmingly against him.  

Prior to this, Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, as well as five others, were picked up by the police as part of ongoing investigations into the scandal.

Haziq has confessed to being one of the two men involved in sexual acts in the video and claims that the other is Azmin.

Azmin has, however, categorically denied this.

Haziq was first detained at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on June 14, and three days later, the police set up a special task force, led by Comm Huzir to investigate the case.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/17/anwars-aide-arrested-in-connection-with-haziq-sex-video-case/#MrcCxpi0SozQkbxe.99

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It is very interesting to what the Police might find from the investigation after the arrest.

The permutation of questions is almost infinite.

Who is the person in bed with Haziq Abdullah Abd Aziz, who complained through his video posting viralled through the Facebook platform about his despicable act at the Sandakan Four Points Sheraton.

How is Wafa Salvador involved in this?

How is Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim?

Could it be the chap committing the Section 377A of the Buggery Act under Penal Code, is a Cabinet Minister?

Then, if there are any definitive answers to all ambiguities, individually all and sundry, most of the average person on the street watching stories about this topic would there on, asks a few more.

Is Gerontocracy Prime Minister really sincere about handing over the Premiership to Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim, now that the ambiguity of “Two years” is from the point PH took over from BN or the last time it was asked to the former?

Then again, what is the most likely ‘succession plan’ in the head of the Gerontocracy Prime Minister?

Is it to at some point of time, pass over the baton to Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim or stretch as long and create the opportunity for the latter falls into the conniving trap of “He is unfit to become Prime Minister again!”.

Of course, that could be the more likely succession plan in the head of the Gerontocracy Prime Minister.

This theory fits with the conspiracy of two different prongs manoeuvred by Gerontocracy Prime Minister.

The first one is about PPBM strengthening themselves, at least at Dewan Rakyat Level by ‘encouraging’ defectors from UMNO.

It is a serious change of heart (Or U-Turn on the policy of NOT accepting defectors outside PH upon their thunderous but schocking in toppling BN on 14GE).

So far 16MPs abandoned the nationalist party but only 14 out of the joined Mahathir’s party, which simply more than doubled PPBM’s seat in Dewan Rakyat from 13 to 27.

The second one is Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim didn’t waste much time to enthroned himself as the heir apparent by quickly getting to win the Port Dickson Parliamentary seat and the Presidency of the party that was created for and about him, PKR.

Regardless how eager and impatient Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim is to ascend the PM VIII seat, he is trying his best to be nonchalant about it.

Which is not exactly successful. Politic pundits are giving the opinion otherwise, especially as Gerontocracy Prime Minister fortifying himself with manoeuvres and getting his agents in the likes of Chairman of Council of Elders Daim Zainuddin and Economic Adviser Dr Muhammed A Khalid to put their ‘hands’ all over the place within the Federal Government eco-system.

Back to the first bit of Gerontocracy Prime Minister strengthening his position. He and/or his agents managed to get UMNO MPs in the likes of Mas Ermieyati, Mustapha Mohamad, Nor Azmi, Ikmal Hisham, Dr Abdul Latif Ahmad, Hamzah Zainuddin and others to abandon UMNO in quite just sixth months after BN unable to retain power in the Federal Government and all but two State Governments.

It was said the exercise was ‘engineered’ by a ‘shadow’ UMNO. He either was asked or volunteered to broker the ‘exodus of UMNO MPs as Independent’, with the specific objective to quite soon there on join PPBM and strengthen the party which started as the most junior in the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

Many was made to believe that if this ‘shadow’ UMNO leader manage to create a ‘substantial UMNO crossover into PPBM’, then he would be part of the ‘equation for the succession plan’, which is very high on the stake by global eyes watching on the Malaysian politics.

‘Succession planning’ is utmost in the order of priority when Malaysia’s scorecard is measure. At present, it is substantially low as globally, the feeling on the:

1. Lack and defective of political stability and moving ahead

2. Lack of clarity of policies and decisions made

3. Grave lack of implementation and follow through of policies, which include knee-jerk reversals and cancellation, not withstanding mega projects and worse of all, the ones involving G-to-G as direct stakeholders

In the second act of the ‘Succession Plan’ schedule, it is believed that the DAP is throwing itself firmly behind Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim and the substantial faction of PKR.

It means that this is the single most substantial component within the PH ‘unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenient-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows’.

It was said the day after DAP thunderous win in Sandakan two months ago, some senior DAP leaders demanded that Gerontocracy Prime Minister announce the time table of the Succession Plan.

That, sent the PPBM inner circle helter skelter trying to manoeuvre their political position.0

The current ‘Semburit scandal’ is probably a major spanner thrown in the works of Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s Succession Plan.

The man-of-the-season Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Mohamed Ali’s name has suddenly been peppered with shock and shame.

The Star story:

Video casts a shadow over Azmin


The beleaguered Datuk Seri Azmin Ali seems to have the support of the most influential man behind the Prime Minister but the burning question is why the police investigation into the sex video is taking so long. 

THE Hari Raya open house of Datuk Seri Azmin Ali was one of the grandest he has hosted in his political career.

There were thousands of guests at his official residence in Putrajaya but notably absent were many of the top PKR figures, including party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The Azmin team has been seething over the sex video issue and had apparently “rescinded” – the term used by the team – invitations sent out to PKR’s power couple.

Several PKR leaders and journalists who received formal invitations to the open house were also informed a few days before the event that they had been uninvited.

The move was the talk of PKR circles because to be uninvited is unusual to say the least. 

It was a rather petty and childish move but it showed how angry the Azmin team is about what they see as a plot to destroy their boss.

The video implicating Azmin in a sex tryst does not seem to have affected his appeal if the crowd at the open house was anything to go by.

But it was the presence of Tun Daim Zainuddin, arguably the most influential man behind the Prime Minister, that sent a potent signal that evening.

The low-profile tycoon, who arrived with his wife, was in one of his ill-fitting shirts that looked two sizes too big for him and which almost reached his knees. 

Daim’s silence on the video issue has been read as a sign of disapproval but his appearance that evening gave Azmin a much-needed boost.

The Azmin team is elated because they think that their man now not only has the support of the Prime Minister but also an influential man behind the Prime Minister.

Azmin also crossed an important hurdle last week when the police established that the bank transaction documents in the video accusing Azmin of corruption were forgeries. 

It would be tempting to think that the worst is over for Azmin, that the issue seems to be tapering off rather than escalating. 

But this is one sex scandal that just won’t go away yet.

“Nothing ever disappears once it gets into the Internet,” said political commentator Tawfik Ismail.

The hidden hands behind the expose have been relentless, systematically releasing more videos related to the sex allegations that are aimed at shaping public opinion.

There have also been protests calling for Azmin’s resignation and labelling him a “semburit” or homosexual.

“Azmin has survived as a Cabinet member but to go a step further, that is out of the question for now,” said a political insider.

In that sense, the “vicious libel”, as Azmin calls it, may have disqualified him as a prime minister candidate in the foreseeable future.

Many have noted the lack of outrage or urgency like when Anwar was slammed with all manner of sex-related accusations 20 years ago.

Lawyer Khaw Veon Szu said people are simply tired of the constant politics. 

“Things like the rising cost of living are more worrying to them. I sense people are also disgusted with this kind of politics,” said Khaw.

Back in 1998, Anwar came under fierce attack from the mighty Barisan Nasional while the Opposition, especially PAS, rallied to his support.

This time, the Opposition has gone to the sidelines to watch the show while those within Pakatan Harapan pretend that all is well, reluctant to judge or to show support for Azmin.

But the burning question at this point in time is the progress of the police investigation.

The impression, said Tawfik, is that the police seem to be tip-toeing around the matter.

This is a politically sensitive case and the first big test for Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Ab­­dul Hamid Bador since his appointment. 

He probably does not wish to make any missteps and has promised not to pressure the special taskforce set up to look into the case.

Azmin loyalist Dr Afif Bahardin has urged the police to also investigate the mastermind behind the accuser Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, who is clearly not acting alone.

“We must identify who is behind it. These are dangerous people especially if they are bidding for power,” said Afif, who is also a Seberang Jaya assemblyman.

The police have kept a tight lid on their probe, including the all-important question of whether the video is authentic or a deepfake.

The veil over the investigation has also generated all kinds of rumours, including claims that there will be a cover-up.

The fact that the Prime Minister has pre-empted things by saying that he does not believe the allegations and declaring the video fake does not make things easy for the investigators. 

Those critical of the way the issue is being handled complain that Dr Mahathir has unfairly set the tone and that his statements are the soundbites that people will remember.

“Who would dare go against the narrative of the No. 1?” said a PKR division chief.

As of now, even the most seasoned of politicians are unable to predict how this issue will turn out.

What is clear though is that it has dented Pakatan’s image.

The ball is at the feet of the special police taskforce.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2019/07/07/video-casts-a-shadow-over-azmin/#8AmR4SUu8E67z0rj.99

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The tainted Minister’s role and place in the Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s Succession Plan is either at best compromised or worse still, fizzling away systematically.

What added to the ‘Succession Plan’ was the commentaries on the opportunity arisen from Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s 94th birthday.

The Star story:

Play for Malay votes on Dr M’s birthday


Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was flooded with birthday greetings but the Malay parties probably gave him the best present by pushing for a Bill that will inject some 3.9 million new Malay voters into the voting pool. 

VIDEOS and pictures of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s birthday are still streaming on social media.

The “birthday boy” has been round the block 94 times but he is still able to bring on his own unique responses to the occasion that makes it a talking point each year.

However, Dr Mahathir’s recent birthday was probably the most scrutinised for hints of what lies ahead.

His tweet was accompanied by a trio of carefully picked photos – one of him seated at his work desk, another of him by the French windows in his office gazing out to the horizon and a close-up shot of him smiling broadly and flashing the V-sign.

The subtext to that was that his work and the country are his priorities, but what was the V-sign about?

The V-sign is associated with victory after Winston Churchill used it at the end of World War II.

Political aide and film-maker Syed Azidi Syed Aziz read it as an encrypted signal that Mahathir will be up there for “two more years”.

Dr Mahathir had described his birthday wish as “very simple” and that is to set the country on the road to recovery.

“Sounds like a journey that’s going to take more than two years,” said Syed Azidi with a laugh.

There was also a certain poignant tone to many of the birthday wishes coming in for Dr Mahathir. 

“For once, there was little nastiness or exchanges. People know that time is not on Dr Mahathir’s side, they want to celebrate the occasion while they can and if he is still around next year, then that’s good,” said former MP Jeff Ooi, who is also a widely-read columnist for several Chinese newspapers.

But the most interesting was the way those whose careers were built on running him down but are now fawning over him with sweet wishes.

Even opponents, including Datuk Seri Najib Razak, put aside their rivalry to wish him well. 

Some even suspect a grudging admiration on the part of Najib for the elder man, who at 94, is still up there and fighting.

“It was a gentlemanly gesture because birthdays are always a good occasion for all of us,” said Lanchang assemblyman Datuk Seri Sharkar Shamsudin.

Bersatu supreme council member Akhramsyah Sanusi said people out there see Dr Mahathir as a reliable pair of hands at the steering wheel given the burden he is carrying from the previous government and his largely inexperienced team.

“No need to read too much into politicians wishing each other well, that is politics. What the common people think is more important. There is some disappointment in Pakatan Harapan but this has been cushioned by the level of trust in Dr Mahathir,” said Akhramsyah.

Dr Mahathir’s return to the top post was initially seen as revenge politics and he spent much of last year adapting to his new partners and the new way of running things.

“He has shown he is in charge, he’s asserting his powers as PM. Other parties (in Pakatan) may be bigger but they know he is the boss. No one will be able to tell him to go off before he is ready, that much is clear,” said Syed Azidi.

In short, there is no way he will agree to naming the transition date until he is ready to call it a day.

Surveys and polls have pointed to a decline in ratings for Dr Mahathir. Yet, politically speaking, he is much stronger and more secure than a year ago. 

“Of course, he is stronger than before. The number of MPs in Bersatu shot up by 100%,” said Sharkar, referring to the Umno crossovers to Bersatu.

A great deal of Dr Mahathir’s clout in Pakatan also has to do with the way he has played the game. 

For instance, a senior Umno figure claimed that Dr Mahathir’s Malay unity call was less about getting Malay parties to come together than a veiled warning to his coalition partners.

“How can two big Malay parties join a tiny party? His message was aimed at DAP and PKR, that if they push him to the wall, he can rope in PAS and Umno for support. He is also telling Anwar to go slow if he wants to make it.

“There is also a message for Umno and PAS – he is saying that if the Malays continue to break up, don’t blame him because he has tried his best,” said the senior Umno man.

The Umno figure said Dr Mahathir is a stubborn creature who dislikes getting advice or being told what to do. 

He said that another thing to remember is that Dr Mahathir does not concede defeat in a fight. If you take him on, be prepared to go the distance.

Pakatan leaders know him well as a former arch enemy and are only now learning to work with him as their ally.

He is still springing surprises on them like what happened in Parliament a few days ago. 

He chaired a discussion with Opposition party leaders on the Bill to lower the voting age and when they emerged, they had reached a stunning decision to amend the Bill to enable the automatic registration of voters at age 18.

According to Sharkar, a whopping 3.9 million new Malay voters would be added to the voter registration list under the automatic registration move.

The main beneficiaries would be Malay-Muslim parties like PAS, Umno and Bersatu.

The Malay parties had basically come together in a sophisticated play for Malay votes ahead of the next general election. 

It will be like a huge blood transfusion for these Malay parties and pose a huge challenge to Chinese-dominated parties like DAP.

During the press conference to announce the decision, Dr Mahathir could be seen smiling indulgently at Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. 

It was a smile that said: Mission accomplished!

And suddenly, people could understand what was behind the cosy picture of Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman chatting with Najib on the sidelines of Parliament.

All this happened on Dr Mahathir’s birthday and the joke is that this might be his favourite birthday present.



Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2019/07/14/play-for-malay-votes-on-dr-ms-bday/#Dd5BT3UX1pBhSLBS.99

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Now comes to the interesting theory.

This week, saw the landmark Dewan Rakyat bi-partisan passing of the Bill to allow automatic voting age and qualification for 18 year olds.

After tweaking the original proposed Bill, Gerontocracy Prime Minister managed to obtain unequivocal support from the Opposition, UMNO, PAS and GPS.

It is a step up from the humiliating defeat for the amendment Bill to the Federal Constitution brought forth by Gerontocracy Prime Minister, not quite three months ago in the last Parliamentary session.

All the recent developments, independently or all and sundry, would be a ‘trigger’ on the move to ‘dethrone’ Gerontocracy Prime Minister?

More so, a little over a week ago Gerontocracy Prime Minister invited UMNO and PAS to join PPBM.

UMNO President Dato Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi rejected the invitation as “UMNO is not willing to work with DAP” and yesterday, PAS President Tuan Guru Dato Seri Hj Hadi Awang coyly said, “No appetite (Tiada selera)” to the invitation.

Hence, for the so called failed UMNO leader who aspires with the “Prime Ministerial quality”, his manoeuvres to amalgamate all the Malay and Bumiputra MPs from UMNO, PAS and GPS and fortify the Gerontocracy Prime Minister against the possible heightening pressure from Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim with his PKR faction and strong DAP plus PAN support is withering away.

At least for the moment.

And the latest arrest on the investigation of the ‘Semburit Scandal’ which is believed to include Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim’s own Political Secretary, is likely to diminish to trigger within PH to openly run Gerontocracy Prime Minister down?

Then again there are those who believe that however impatient Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim is, he would not dare to try and run Gerontocracy Prime Minister down openly.

Not even when DAP is willing to do the bidding for him.

Published in: on July 17, 2019 at 10:00  Leave a Comment  

“Brace! Brace! Brace!”

It is unclear how brash and rude should the Malaysian Government or any of it agencies do to treat China or any major firms from one day would to be the global’s leading economy but this ought not to be a foremost option.

The Straits Times story:

Malaysia seizes $328 million held by Chinese state-owned unit in HSBC

Leslie Lopez

Regional Correspondent

In Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian authorities have seized more than RM1 billion ($328 million) held by China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Ltd (CPP), a Chinese state-owned company.

In an unprecedented move in Malaysian banking, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government ordered global banking giant, HSBC, early this month to transfer the funds held in CPP’s account in Malaysia to Suria Strategic Resources Sdn Bhd, which is wholly owned by the Ministry of Finance.

The moves came against the backdrop of an ongoing dispute involving two multi-billion-dollar energy pipeline projects that were suspended last July, said lawyers and bankers familiar with the situation.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, CPP, which was the lead contractor for the pipeline projects awarded in November 2016 by the previous government of prime minister Najib Razak, confirmed that the funds were transferred out.

“CPP firmly abides with the laws of Malaysia and is perplexed by the unilateral transfer of monies without notifying CPP,” said the company, a unit of China’s state-owned oil and gas giant China National Petroleum Corp.

The HSBC corporate office in Kuala Lumpur declined comment, citing client confidentiality.

It is currently unclear why the money was seized nor what powers the government used to seize it.

CPP added that it is currently speaking to the relevant parties in a bid understand the basis of the transfer.

“Once we have further information, CPP will take the necessary and appropriate actions to protect its rights. We hope that our Malaysian counterparts can resolve this with us through amicable means,” the company said.

Bilateral ties between Beijing and Kuala Lumpur turned tense shortly after the PH government came into power in May last year and started reviewing or cancelling a series of high-profile deals with China reached during the Najib administration. Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad ordered the suspension of the multi-billion-dollar East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and the two CPP-led pipeline projects.

The ECRL project – which will stretch along the east coast from Kota Baru, in the north-east, to Kuantan before cutting across the peninsula to Port Klang on the west coast along the Strait of Malacca – has since been revived under refined (CHECKING: Should we use “revised” instead of “refined” CAN CHANGE TO REVISED) terms and will now be built at an estimated cost of RM44 billion, down sharply from the original price tag of RM66.5 billion.

But the CPP pipeline projects – a 600km multi-product pipeline along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia costing RM5.35 billion and a gas pipeline network in the east Malaysian state of Sabah costing RM.4.06 billion – have remained in limbo.

The PH government is also questioning why roughly RM8.3 billion, or 88% of the contract value of RM9.41 billion, was paid out by the previous government through the Ministry of Finance-owned Suria Strategic Resources despite only 13% of the work purportedly being completed.

Bankers familiar with the situation said that following the suspension of the pipeline project certain bank accounts held by CPP, including the monies in HSBC, were frozen by the Malaysian government.

At the time of the suspension of the pipeline projects, Malaysian press reports alleged that the monies initially paid out by Suria Strategic Resources were diverted to third-party Cayman Island companies linked to the scandal at 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). But CPP has strenuously denied those allegations.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Latheefa Koya did not respond to queries about the latest government move.

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Giving face and providing grace is very important for business, if not global international diplomacy. Especially more so for China.

Unless the intent is a direction beyond the boundaries of friendship.

Malaysia is in a very precarious trade and foreign relations which China. Upon the 9 May 14 GE took over last year, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad took very tough and ‘unfriendly’ gestures with China.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng was even more arrogant when it comes to all dealings by firms, from China.

The much coveted ECRL was cancellation was announced unilaterally, that brought forth a knee-jerk reaction.

Then Gerontocracy Prime Minister and some of his Cabinet colleagues, which include the Chairman of the Council of Elders went to China and smoothen out all of these bad blood between us and the Super Power.

Otherwise, the Malaysian people would start to get use to the international air travel instruction before an aircraft do a very rough landing.

Published in: on July 13, 2019 at 19:00  Leave a Comment  

Carouseling past ghosts

The ghouls of ghost of Christmas past came haunting, when the Government under Gerontocracy Prime Minister no longer want to continue subsidies for small holders but instead coming with a scheme for small holders by project management instead of amalgamation

The Star story:

‘Merge settlers’ land for higher yields’


ROMPIN: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has proposed an amalgamation of Felda settlers’ land for greater wealth and benefits.

The Prime Minister said settlers would contribute their land, which when merged must be managed by professional estate managers.

“That way, I am confident the amalgamated land can produce higher yields. The profits will then be divided accordingly among the settlers who contributed their land,” he told reporters after attending the Felda Settlers’ Day celebration at Felda Selancar 3 here yesterday.

Dr Mahathir said part of the combined land could also be allocated for other crops.

“If there is diversity over a large area, not only can we fulfil the local but foreign demand as well,” he said, adding that the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry would advise on what crops would be suitable.

However, Dr Mahathir admitted that it would be difficult to change settlers’ behaviour as many of them were now senior citizens and were used to doing things the old way.

“We used to give management of the land to the settlers but they can’t adjust their way of life. Today, farming vegetables and fruits can give better returns than palm oil or rubber but they are still sticking to the old crops.

“Perhaps, of a 2,000-acre piece of land, 200 acres can be used for other crops while the rest is planted with oil palm,” he said.

In his speech, Dr Mahathir said settlers would face problems when the price of palm oil dropped due to their over-reliance on a single crop.

He said settlers would then ask for subsidies unlike the large estates which were managed professionally.

“Even when you have 10 acres of land and have good crops, it will not give as good as the returns of 10,000 acres of land.

“That is why settlers always suffer when the price of rubber or palm oil drops,” he said.

During the event, Dr Mahathir also launched the Settlers Development Programme to help increase their income.

The programme was part of a comprehensive action plan based on smart farming and innovative downstream activities.

To implement the programme, the government had approved RM1bil in grant allocations that would be disbursed in stages over four years.

Also present were Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh and Felda director-general Datuk Dr Othman Omar.

Azmin said Felda must no longer be used as a tool by politicians.

“Unfortunately, over the past years, we have politicians who played politics until the settlers became victims and were burdened with major problems.

“Today, I stand before you to tell you not to let politicians use Felda settlers any longer for their political interests,” he added.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/08/merge-settlers-land-for-higher-yields/#s2etOerWZQxjhmUQ.99

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More than half of the said million acres of FELDA settlers are already under FELDA Technoplant (FTPSB) program. Precisely, 55%.

It is a professionally run estate-like project management program for FELDA settlers.

If the program is already on going and already proven to provide positive result, what exactly is Gerontocracy Prime Minister talking about on Hari Peneroka Kebangsaan?

Repackaging a recycled product and reselling?

Isn’t that, “Playing politics”?

For the record, FTPSB has been around over a quarter of century. Means it was incepted dead centre in Gerontocracy Prime Minister previous administration.

If the ongoing FTPSB program isn’t about getting the one million acres by the 113,000 odd FELDA settlers’ smallholding professionally managed, then is the fresh minted proposed FELDA program is about re-amalgamation of the 45% remaining acreage currently not under FTPSB?

Would this exercise require more capital, for either FELDA or FTPSB, which is very scarce for the Federal Government?

Perhaps, the capital could be best utilised for other programs like propping the commodity price or getting more downstream industries set up, within the nuclei of the FELDA hinterland.

Perhaps, it is an avenue for a corporate exercise for the benefit of the selected few.

On the note of “Playing politics”, having the ‘two tigers on the same hill’ already manifested its danger.

One tiger may have growled that he would not quit but to get a fierce tiger to be ‘humiliated’ in the circus of global spectators is uncalled for.

It takes a lot to convince the 113,000 odd FELDA settlers and a simple speech at Hari Peneroka Kebangsaan wouldn’t quite do.

Then again the ‘FELDA icon’ star celebrity Chef Redzuan “Dumpster Mouth” Ismail’s faux pas is terribly demeaning towards the FELDA settlers.

NST story:

‘Felda settlers must work hard’ – Chef Wan

KUALA LUMPUR: Celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail or Chef Wan has just been named a Felda Icon by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Rompin yesterday.

Upon accepting the Felda Icon Award, Chef Wan took to Instagram to tick off “lazy” Felda settlers who refused to help themselves and waited for the Government’s help.

He said: “As the price of palm oil is not certain, Felda settlers should work hard to cultivate cash crops to supplement their income. It will help us reduce our dependency on imported food.

“Malaysia is blessed with good soil and there is a lot of idle land. The Government should privatise this land for cash crops.

“I’ve travelled to Australia, Norway and Sweden for my TV shows and saw how the people cultivate cash crops and raise livestock, making full use of the land and contributing to the economy.

“Back home, many of my fellow Felda settlers sell off fertiliser subsidies given to them by the Government, and when they receive dividends, they marry two or three times and ‘breed like cats’!

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Perhaps there should be a hybrid program with successful plantation GLCs, for this to quite work.

A proper crisis management task force with all stakeholders and a global task force should be formed and project managed.

Otherwise, Gerontocracy Prime Minister would have the ample time to resolve the matter.

Former Deputy Minister in-charge of FELDA Ahmad Hj Maslan is spot on about resolving FELDA settlers’ debt is one of the top ten Pakatan Harapan Manifesto.

FELDA settlers don’t quite see the way out of their conundrum but being taken around the carousel, with the ghost of Christmas past.

Majority of them are in debt for the re-plantation programs and now the commodity price is all time low, these FELDA settlers are caught with their pants down.

The attitude of Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s administration to no longer fend the FELDA settlers in challenging times, is adding salt to injury.

Perhaps in Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s tendency to crave for global attention for universal and geopolitical sensational issues, he should take up the lead for a global level task force for palm oil.

Demonstrate some meaningful effort which would be convincing enough that the current Federal Government isn’t at all an incompetent one but able to provide some practical solutions to hardline issues that the nation is facing.

Probably, that’s why they walked out in droves during the Hari Peneroka event.

*Updated 1845hours

The Minister in-charge of FELDA defended the ‘Dumpster Mouth’ instead of standing up for the four million extended FELDA family:

NST story:

Azmin defends Felda settlers over Chef Wan’s ‘lazy’, ‘breed like cats’ remarks

KUALA LUMPUR: Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali today defended Felda settlers who were branded “lazy” and “breeding like cats” by celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, popularly known as Chef Wan.

Azmin said the latter’s view of the settlers was a personal one.

He said he believed that Felda settlers had a bright future and potential if they continued to support the government’s initiatives.

“Never mind, it was his (Chef Wan’s) personal view. What is important right now is as the government, we have tabled a new policy in Parliament for Felda settlers.

“Yesterday, we could see that the prime minister’s (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) speech received a positive reaction from the settlers.

“This morning, I had a discussion with the prime minister and he wants action to be taken immediately to ensure the success of the initiative,” he told reporters in Parliament.

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Bersatu selepas kita usaha robohkannya….

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad who also PPBM Chairman made a call for all the various Malay political parties be combined and consolidated as a unified Malay party, “For common good”.

The Star story:

Dr M urges Umno members to join Bersatu


JOHOR BARU: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is urging Umno members to join Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

The Bersatu chairman said that even if the party is strong, one which deviates would still be rejected by the people.

“Johor used to be an Umno stronghold, but after Umno lost its direction, we have been able to make inroads into the state,” he said during the state Bersatu’s Hari Raya celebrations held in Taman Johor Jaya here on Friday (July 5).

Dr Mahathir said Umno used to be the only Malay-based party but things were different now as the community is split six ways between as many political parties.

He stressed that it was important for the Malays to unite, as the six political parties were only able to amass 10% of support each and needed assistance from others.

“Those days, I was rooting for the Malays to join Umno but now I am calling them to join Bersatu,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said there are already moves to set up more Malay-based parties, which would increase the number up to 10.

He said this would further split up and weaken the Malays.

When asked if a move to invite former Umno members to join Bersatu would cause friction within Pakatan Harapan, Dr Mahathir shrugged it off and said this was not a concern as they are free to look for new members.



Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/05/dr-m-urges-umno-members-to-join-bersatu/#pwCbf4ECzfELySkK.99

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This came after the clear ‘line of succession’ in the minds of many about Gerontocracy Prime Minister is having his own agenda for a successor and not ‘Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim’ as Malaysians made to believe as part of the deal of PH taking charge of the Federal Government post 9 May 2018.

However, that point hit a very serious glitch a few weeks ago with the ‘shocking Semburit’ video revelation.

The presumed ‘plan B’ which is to bring Minister of Economic Affairs Azmin Ali into the direct line of succession has now believed to be scuttled.

Joceline Tan’s weekly political analysis column on The Star story:

Video casts a shadow

The beleaguered Datuk Seri Azmin Ali seems to have the support of the most influential man behind the Prime Minister but the burning question is why the police investigation into the sex video is taking so long. 

THE Hari Raya open house of Datuk Seri Azmin Ali was one of the grandest he has hosted in his political career.

There were thousands of guests at his official residence in Putrajaya but notably absent were many of the top PKR figures, including party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The Azmin team has been seething over the sex video issue and had apparently “rescinded” – the term used by the team – invitations sent out to PKR’s power couple.

Several PKR leaders and journalists who received formal invitations to the open house were also informed a few days before the event that they had been uninvited.

The move was the talk of PKR circles because to be uninvited is unusual to say the least. 

It was a rather petty and childish move but it showed how angry the Azmin team is about what they see as a plot to destroy their boss.

The video implicating Azmin in a sex tryst does not seem to have affected his appeal if the crowd at the open house was anything to go by.

But it was the presence of Tun Daim Zainuddin, arguably the most influential man behind the Prime Minister, that sent a potent signal that evening.

The low-profile tycoon, who arrived with his wife, was in one of his ill-fitting shirts that looked two sizes too big for him and which almost reached his knees. 

Daim’s silence on the video issue has been read as a sign of disapproval but his appearance that evening gave Azmin a much-needed boost.

The Azmin team is elated because they think that their man now not only has the support of the Prime Minister but also an influential man behind the Prime Minister.

Azmin also crossed an important hurdle last week when the police established that the bank transaction documents in the video accusing Azmin of corruption were forgeries. 

It would be tempting to think that the worst is over for Azmin, that the issue seems to be tapering off rather than escalating. 

But this is one sex scandal that just won’t go away yet.

“Nothing ever disappears once it gets into the Internet,” said political commentator Tawfik Ismail.

The hidden hands behind the expose have been relentless, systematically releasing more videos related to the sex allegations that are aimed at shaping public opinion.

There have also been protests calling for Azmin’s resignation and labelling him a “semburit” or homosexual.

“Azmin has survived as a Cabinet member but to go a step further, that is out of the question for now,” said a political insider.

In that sense, the “vicious libel”, as Azmin calls it, may have disqualified him as a prime minister candidate in the foreseeable future.

Many have noted the lack of outrage or urgency like when Anwar was slammed with all manner of sex-related accusations 20 years ago.

Lawyer Khaw Veon Szu said people are simply tired of the constant politics. 

“Things like the rising cost of living are more worrying to them. I sense people are also disgusted with this kind of politics,” said Khaw.

Back in 1998, Anwar came under fierce attack from the mighty Barisan Nasional while the Opposition, especially PAS, rallied to his support.

This time, the Opposition has gone to the sidelines to watch the show while those within Pakatan Harapan pretend that all is well, reluctant to judge or to show support for Azmin.

But the burning question at this point in time is the progress of the police investigation.

The impression, said Tawfik, is that the police seem to be tip-toeing around the matter.

This is a politically sensitive case and the first big test for Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Ab­­dul Hamid Bador since his appointment. 

He probably does not wish to make any missteps and has promised not to pressure the special taskforce set up to look into the case.

Azmin loyalist Dr Afif Bahardin has urged the police to also investigate the mastermind behind the accuser Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, who is clearly not acting alone.

“We must identify who is behind it. These are dangerous people especially if they are bidding for power,” said Afif, who is also a Seberang Jaya assemblyman.

The police have kept a tight lid on their probe, including the all-important question of whether the video is authentic or a deepfake.

The veil over the investigation has also generated all kinds of rumours, including claims that there will be a cover-up.

The fact that the Prime Minister has pre-empted things by saying that he does not believe the allegations and declaring the video fake does not make things easy for the investigators. 

Those critical of the way the issue is being handled complain that Dr Mahathir has unfairly set the tone and that his statements are the soundbites that people will remember.

“Who would dare go against the narrative of the No. 1?” said a PKR division chief.

As of now, even the most seasoned of politicians are unable to predict how this issue will turn out.

What is clear though is that it has dented Pakatan’s image.

The ball is at the feet of the special police taskforce.

Joceline Tan was an associate editor of The Star and continues to contribute political analyses. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of The Star.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2019/07/07/video-casts-a-shadow-over-azmin/#ZYOg2QVzZ3zmChIj.99

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This is the same day Phillip Golingai made the analaysis of Azmin’s strength.A crack in Anwar and Azmin’s relationship


It seems that these two politicians, like most divorced Hollywood superpower couples, face irreconcilable differences. 

LAST Sunday, an infographic showing where the 50 PKR MPs purportedly stood in the party’s civil war went viral on the WhatsApp platform. Team Anwar (PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) had 45 MPs while Team Azmin (PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali) had five.


That night at a cafe in Petaling Jaya, I was having coffee with PKR friends who were in the middle leadership of the party. I asked them how accurate was the infographic 

“This one is ours, this one, this one, this one, this one has left, this one with us, this one has left, this one is loyal,” said a PKR Supreme Council member, who is with Team Azmin, as he went through the faces of the MPs marked as Team Anwar on the infographic.


“Fifteen MPs plus Azmin, that’s 16 PKR MPs with Team Azmin,” he said. “Those who are 100% committed. The 50/50 MPs will follow when Azmin becomes DPM (Deputy Prime Minister).”

The infographic turned out to be propaganda to falsely show that Azmin is losing support. It tried to give the impression that rats were abandoning the sinking Azmin ship torpedoed by a sex tryst video scandal. 

The PKR Supreme Council member admitted that after the fractious PKR polls in November, a federal minister and a deputy minister have jumped ship and have joined Team Anwar. But he said it was expected as these leaders are lalang (weeds).

On Tuesday, a new infographic went viral. This time Team Azmin had an extra “MP” – Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz. (Sometimes, I’m amazed by Malaysians’ sense of humour.) 

We also discussed the contrasting style of Azmin and the mastermind of the plot to bring down the Economic Affairs Minister who Haziq (since sacked as PKR Santubong Youth Chief) alleged is the man with him in the sex video shot in a hotel on May 11. Azmin is “quiet” while the plotter is “noisy”.

Azmin is trying to keep the noise level of the scandal to a minimum. He is not giving sound bites so that the story will die a natural death. Anyway, Malaysians mudah lupa (quickly forget) and some are getting tired of the scandal’s sordid nature. He is trying to portray that he is all work, focusing on improving the country’s economy. 

The nefarious plotter is keeping it noisy through timed exposes, such as the latest video clip allegedly showing the movements of Azmin and Haziq on the 20th floor of the hotel where the video was allegedly made and of youth protesters asking Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to sack Azmin. 

“Azmin is quiet. That is his nature. He is meticulous in his thinking. And he makes his moves quietly. When he hits his enemies, they won’t know what hit them. He is a silent ‘killer’,” said the PKR Supreme Council member. 

“X (the nefarious plotter) is very noisy. He will make so much noise that you would know that he is coming for you.”

The sex scandal has injured Azmin politically. He is bleeding but it is not a fatal stab, yet. 

Will Azmin survive?

It all depends on whether he has the backing of the Prime Minister. So far it looks like Dr Mahathir is standing by his man.

The PKR supreme council member predicted that when things quiet down – say around Hari Raya Haji next month – we might see a new Deputy Prime Minister. 

We also discussed how the not-in-the-know public assumed that Azmin is an ungrateful, ambitious politician who has betrayed his political mentor, Anwar, several times to climb the ladder of power. 

Like a coin, there is another side to the story. It seems Azmin felt that Anwar had betrayed him three or four times. 

I related to my coffee mates what a PKR founding member told me last year when the PKR deputy president race was heating up, and Anwar was seen as supporting Rafizi Ramli against Azmin. 

“When Pakatan Rakyat won Selangor in 2008, Azmin should have been the Selangor Mentri Besar. He was the Selangor PKR chief but instead, the party leadership put up Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim who was a nobody back then,” the PKR founding member told me. 

“After Pakatan Rakyat won Selangor for the second time in 2013, they again appointed Khalid as Selangor Mentri Besar. Naturally, Azmin should have been the Mentri Besar as he was Selangor PKR chief and deputy president of the party.”

He continued: “When they removed Khalid as MB, instead of putting Azmin in, they first tried with Anwar and then Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as MB candidate. Eventually, Azmin became the Mentri Besar.”

In the PKR polls in 2014 and 2018, the PKR supreme council member said there were attempts to unseat Azmin as party deputy president. In 2014, it was Khalid and Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail trying it and in 2018, it was Rafizi. 

From Anwar’s side of the coin, Azmin is seen as defying the party leadership when he “took” the Selangor MB post from the then PKR president Wan Azizah. He also managed to bulldoze his choice of replacement – Amirudin Shari – to replace him instead of the party leadership’s pick, Dr Idris Ahmad. Azmin also managed to get himself appointed to the powerful post of Economic Affairs Minister. 

Some describe the decades-long relationship between Anwar and Azmin – which began when the former was Deputy Prime Minister and the latter was his private secretary – as “retak menanti belah” (a crack waiting to split). It seems they, like most divorced Hollywood superpower couples, face irreconcilable differences. 

Last Sunday, the big news of the day was that Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi quit his six-month-long garden leave to return as Umno president. 

This is a bukan biasa biasa (a Datuk Seri Najib Razak catchphrase which means “not the usual”) manoeuvre. Some read it as a move by Umno leaders aligned with Team Anwar to wrest back control of the party, which has been seen as leaning toward Dr Mahathir under the leadership of Umno Deputy President Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

From talking to Umno leaders, out of the remaining party 37 MPs, about 10 are with the group that favours Anwar as Prime Minister. 

In this Malaysian version of House Of Cards, it is a numbers game. Whoever has the most MPs will rule the country. 

Just like that fake infographic on which side the PKR MPs are with, Team Anwar might have fewer MPs than claimed.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/its-just-politics/2019/07/07/a-crack-in-anwar-and-azmins-relationship/#T05mm3QS03YZjfw5.99

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There is a very interesting twist in the development, we regards to consolidating the Malay strength at the Parliamentarian Level without taking the true grass root support base which supposed is being represented by these MPs.

Quite a week ago, UMNO President Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi made the pronouncement that he back in full party active service after a hiatus of seven months, of his he asked Deputy President Dato Seri Mohamad Hj Hassan to take over the duties of the President.

Hardly in six days, former President Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak sternly urges UMNO at all levels to stand up and give a strong support to President Zahid.

MKini story:

Najib: Terima kepimpinan Zahid, jangan buat huru-hara dalam Umno

Alyaa Alhadjri
 (Dikemaskini )

Najib Razak menggesa anggota Umno agar tidak mencetuskan “huru-hara” dalam parti itu dan menerima Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yang kembali sebagai presiden.

Bekas presiden Umno itu berkata, mana-mana anggota yang tidak gembira dengan kepulangan Zahid perlu menunggu beliau menghabiskan mandatnya selama tiga tahun.

“Beliau balik sebagai presiden sebab dia ada mandat sampai tiga tahun. Kita terima (kepulangannya). Kalau kita tak suka, kita tunggu tiga tahun. 

“Tapi jangan buat huru-hara dalam parti, jangan ada kem dalam parti,” katanya ketika menlancarkan mesyuarat Umno Setiawangsa hari ini.

Beliau turut menggesa anggota Umno agar bersatu “demi rakyat Malaysia” dan memberi perhatian kepada isu berkenaan rakyat, bukannya soal dalaman parti.

Mengulang dakwaan kegagalan kerajaan menunaikan janji manifesto, beliau berkata Umno perlu bersuara dalam isu seperti penjagaan kesihatan, kos sara hidup dan peluang pekerjaan untuk mendapatkan semula sokongan rakyat.

“Biar rakyat yakin dgn kita. Kalau kita huru-hara berperang (dalam parti), rakyat tak yakin kepada kita.

“Kita nak berkuasa balik kan? Buatlah cara nak berkuasa balik, jangan bergaduh saja,” katanya sambil maklum parti itu memang mempunyai sejarah kemelut dalaman antara pemimpinnya.

‘Umno-PAS senjata ampuh’

Sementara itu Najib menyifatkan kerjasama parti itu dengan PAS sebagai “senjata ampuh” untuk menewaskan kerajaan PH.

“Kalau esok parlimen dibubarkan, BN dengan kerjasama PAS boleh tubuh kerajaan baru. Inilah antara senjata yang ampuh.

“Inilah perpaduan Melayu-Islam sejati yang akan menentukan masa depan kita,” katanya sambil berkata kerjasama itu sudah terbukti dalam beberapa pilihan raya kecil.

Ketika ditanya pemberita kemudiannya sama ada wujud kem dalam Umno, Najib menjelaskan beliau merujuk kepada komen-komen di media sosial oleh sebilangan kecil pihak tetapi dibesar-besarkan.

“Kita mesti hentikan ini semua… Saya nak kita bersatu untuk rakyat.”

Zahid menyerahkan tugas presiden kepada timbalannya Mohamad Hasan pada Disember lalu, di tengah-tengah desakan agar beliau meletakkan jawatan.

Sejumlah pihak dalam Umno ketika itu mengkritiknya sebagai gagal menunjukkan hala tuju parti, selain keluarnya beberapa anggota parlimen daripada parti itu.

Beberapa jam sebelum Zahid mengumumkan kembali bertugas sebagai presiden, bekas ketua pemuda Khairy Jamaluddin – yang dilihat rapat dengan Mohamad – berkata beliau patut mendapatkan pandangan daripada Majlis Tertinggi Umno dulu sebelum membuat keputusan.

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A few days earlier than the Friday UMNO Setiawangsa General Meeting, former Vice-President playing the duties of Deputy President Dato Seri Hishammuddin Hussein gathered about 20MPs at his office in Jalan Ampang Hilir for dinner and meeting.

It is not quite what actually transpired but this came quite a follow up to President Zahid’s announcement of coming back into active as the elected UMNO President and the announcement at the media corner of Parliament pertaining to division of duties amongst top leadership.

Bera MP Dato Ismail Sabri shall continue as Opposition Leader in Dewan Rakyat and Dato Seri Mahadzir Mohd Khalid would be the Opposition Chief Whip.

It is not interesting to get back why Gerontocracy Prime Minister made the call about “The Malays are too fragmented” and a very interesting point that “UMNO, PAS and all Malay parties are invited to join Bersatu (PPBM)”.

After it was uncovered through socmed platforms that Hishammuddin and Azmin met under the guise of ‘end of year’ holiday in Morocco last Christmas, many started to believe that the former engineered the 16 UMNO MPs who betrayed and crossed over from the Opposition position.

The other slowly manifesting itself as an urban legend is that Hishammuddin is engineering more cross overs, for the fortification of PPBM within the Pakatan Harapan ruling parties especially in the stand off, if and when Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim and most of PKR and the full backing of DAP decides to openly challenge Gerontocracy Prime Minister to step down and away from Federal Government.

This back-channel negotiatons and deals are supposed to provide Gerontocracy Prime Minister enough MP support to remain as a legitimate Prime Minister, even as a minority one and no other quarters within Dewan Rakyat could demonstrate they have more support from MPs to be sworn as the Eighth Prime Minister.

Of course that not withstanding the Gerontocracy Prime Minister at some point of time between now and May 2023 is able to convince His Majesty YDP Agong XVI to dissolve the XIV Parliament and pave way for a fresh General Election.

The irony to Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s call in PPBM Johor on Friday is that he is probably the most notorious culprit that set the Malays, the majority of Malaysians, fragmented and splintered apart.

When he was the UMNO President, who spent his leadership years sowing hatred so that UMNO and PAS people would continuously up-at-arms as enemies.

It was under his watch that UMNO was declared illegal by Kuala Lumpur High Court on 4 Feb 1988 and there on, the Malays were split right in the middle between UMNO and Semangat 46.

Ten years later he went after Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Ten years later, he went after Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, successfully defeated UMNO in a GE after they refused to kow-tow to the Gerontocracy man.

It is wrong to view the Gerontocracy Prime Minister a rock solid leader. He keeps changing his mind, for the sake of political expediency. Upon hours of toppling Najib and UMNO as the ruling party, he arrogantly stated that “PH shall not accept leaders who wants to cross over”.

Quite months later, it was “Non problematic leaders”.

Then it became more fluid to “UMNO leaders who jump out and becomes Independent first. Then after they have repented (from their sins), they can join us”.

16UMNO MPs and droves of UMNO ADUNs especially from Sabah abandoned their party.

Yet it didn’t shift the ground. Only some leaders jumped out.

The fact is that, UMNO grassroot is united and steadfast in their resolution, to be part of the nationalist-Unionist party.

Despite attempts to sink UMNO, it’s grassroot are very strong in having faith that their leaders would not scuttle their vessel, no matter how in trouble they are in.

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