Et tu Brute

At the rate of how the developments of sentiments and voracity of the ‘Rumblings in the Interior’ Deputy PKR President and a long time PKR staunchest leader Dato’ Seri Azmin Mohamed Ali has his numbered days, even sorted by decimals.

Joceline Tan’s Sunday column in the Star:

Knives are out for Azmin


IT has been an extremely agonising couple of months for Datuk Seri Azmin Ali with the political spotlight trained squarely on this once golden boy of PKR.

Despite his diligence to his ministerial duties, the sex video issue has yet to dissipate going by the nasty comments on his social media accounts while the rift between him and his party president continues to make the news.

He has lost some weight but has not lost his boyish good looks.

But make no mistake, the Economic Affairs Minister has survived the worst crisis of his career, thanks largely to the protection of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the man he used to address as “uncle”.

His Cabinet post is intact as long as Dr Mahathir is there but he will struggle to go beyond that in the coming years unless something miraculous happens.

Given that, his endorsement of the Opposition’s support for Dr Mahathir to go on for a full term did not come as a surprise but it has infuriated people in his party.

Many in PKR saw it as proof that Azmin does not support what Dungun division chief Rahman Yusof refers to as hasrat PKR – the party’s aspiration to make Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim the next prime minister.

“All his tweets wishing Mahathir long life to do his job, that is fine with us because we also wish the PM well. But to align with the Opposition, that is crossing the line, ” said Anwar’s political secretary Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak.The disciplinary board has been under pressure to act against the deputy president.

There has been a steady stream of complaints to the disciplinary board since last month when 28 signatories released an open letter supporting Azmin and reprimanding Anwar for not standing by Azmin over the video issue.

Selayang MP and Anwar loyalist William Leong said it sparked off a groundswell of criticism from the grassroots.

Azmin’s zero attendance at any of the party’s supreme council and political bureau meetings since November has also been dredged up against him.

Azmin may have realised that he has gone too far because he finally acknowledged Anwar as the future prime minister a few days ago.

It was the first time since the acrimonious party elections that he has publicly said something to that effect.

Telling pressmen not to make assumptions about him, he denied that he does not support Anwar for the top job, and said he has no problems with Anwar.

But the fallout between him and Anwar started almost immediately after the party congress last year.

When the top two met after the congress, they had apparently agreed that Datuk Mansor Othman, who is close to both Anwar and Azmin, would take over from Datuk Saifuddin Nasution as secretary-general.

Azmin was furious when Anwar later decided to reappoint Saifuddin to the key post.

It was the big thorn in a string of disagreements over appointments to the supreme council, political bureaus as well as the state chairmen.

“It is not healthy for a party to have to face this kind of politicking. I’m not sure how it can be sorted out but our job is to serve the people, not fight for power, ” said Selangor PKR Youth chief Najwan Halimi.

PKR took a bold step when it sacked Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz weeks after he confessed to being the man in the video.

But would PKR dare act against Azmin?

Haziq was a nobody in the party but Azmin is the No.2 and a minister who is being shielded by Dr Mahathir.

It is learnt that Dr Mahathir, who has developed a liking for Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, had advised her to remain in PKR and strengthen the party rather than seek an exit route.

The elder man knows that if Azmin or any of his key loyalists were to quit the party, he would not be able to keep them in the Cabinet because Cabinet members have to come from the coalition partners.

Strange as it may sound, the man who is most reluctant to act against Azmin is none other than Anwar.

“Members want Anwar to take a stronger stand on those seen as undermining the party or else there will be no discipline in the party. But he is too soft-hearted towards his enemies, ” said Leong.

For instance, Anwar has been reaching out not only to Azmin but also Zuraida who has been a ferocious critic.

When they crossed paths in Parliament recently, he said they should have a chat.

Half an hour later, his aide called Zuraida to Anwar’s parliament office where both of them spoke their minds on what went wrong between their two respective camps.

Zuraida used to be seen as a mere sidekick of Azmin.

But she has since emerged as a leader in her own right. She has strong views and is not afraid to speak her mind or stick her neck out for what she believes in.

Anwar understands the necessity of keeping the party in one piece.

Losing a deputy president would damage the image of the party and it is better to keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Forcing out Azmin would also mean losing MPs who may choose to follow Azmin out.

Everyone agrees that Anwar is playing the game well the second time around – olive branches to his enemies, regular meetings with the Prime Minister while letting others do the hard-hitting.

His supporters were elated when Dr Mahathir said he would pass the baton to Anwar unless someone holds a gun to his head.

It was the strongest assurance on the transition thus far.

Anwar’s only challenge now is to play nice with Azmin and wait patiently for the big day.

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

image: https://apicms.thestar.com.my/uploads/authors/423.jpg

Joceline Tan

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/2019/08/04/knives-are-out-for-azmin#y32cCw1r3LFtEX6h.9

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The conundrum of which the ‘Semburit Scandal’ dragged Azmin’s political stardom turn down south sharply and digressed into desperation is abundantly clear.

PKR Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim May seemingly playing it cool and try to be nonchalant about the growing dissatisfaction amongst PKR upper echelon and leaders of Azmin’s game.

However, the mechanism is being mobilised and regardless how well networked Azmin’s faction is within the party, having the notion of being Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s blue-eyed-boy wouldn’t resonate well.

The Star story:

197 PKR division chiefs voice support for Anwar to helm party and be country’s 8th PM


  • NATION

  • Sunday, 04 Aug 2019

PETALING JAYA: PKR division chiefs have expressed their support to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the party president and as the country’s next Prime Minister, amid reports of an internal crisis in the party.

A joint statement issued by 197 PKR division chiefs nationwide said they felt compelled to express their solid support to Anwar to drive and lead the party.

The party has 219 division chiefs nationwide.

“This support directly proves that Keadilan (PKR) is still solid and united under Anwar’s leadership, and at the same time dispels the perception that the party is facing turmoil and is split.

A viral sex video controversy that allegedly implicated PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali marked the latest in an internal rift between supporters of Azmin and Anwar.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/08/04/197-pkr-division-chiefs-voice-support-for-anwar-to-helm-party-and-be-country039s-8th-pm#wpl8VkRHFCLpU4zE.99

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Many of them, particularly the ‘Otai Reformasi’ lot who have sacrificed a good part of the life for the cause of ‘Reformasi’ coming to twenty years now, wouldn’t take this ‘Not handing over to Anwar’ rather kindly.

In fact, they abhorred the notion that the coalition of DAP-PKR has decided to make Dr Mahathir as their front in their bid to ouster Barisan Nasional a little over two years ago.

PKR leaders are observing situation very closely. It interesting that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is wrangling up support from Opposition leaders to prop his position.

Particularly, in the growing development of demand for him to make the time table for handover of power to Mat King Leather.

Utusan Malaysia story:

Ahli DAP gesa Tun bersikap gentleman, hormati janji

KUALA LUMPUR 4 Ogos – Setiausaha DAP Selangor, Ronnie Liu mahu Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad bersikap seperti seorang lelaki terhormat atau gentleman dengan mematuhi janji beliau hanya menjadi Perdana Menteri sementara untuk tempoh dua tahun yang dipersetujui Pakatan Harapan (PH).

Ahli DAP itu mahu Dr. Mahathir tidak lagi menimbulkan keraguan termasuk seolah-olah menyebelahi Timbalan Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali yang dilihat mempunyai konflik dengan Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Liu yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Sungai Pelek, Selangor berkata, pengundi yang memberi kemenangan kepada PH dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU-14) hanya mengundi Dr. Mahathir sebagai Perdana Menteri sementara, dengan Anwar kemudian mengambil alih.

“Dr. Mahathir, tolong menjadi seorang lelaki terhormat dan memenuhi janji untuk melepaskan jawatan selepas dua tahun supaya Anwar dapat mengambil alih sebagaimana dipersetujui.

“Inilah yang dipilih pengundi. Mereka tidak mengundi untuk lima tahun dengan anda menjadi Perdana Menteri. Mereka mengundi anda sebagai Perdana Menteri sementara, dengan Anwar akhirnya mengambil alih,” katanya dalam kenyataan hari ini.

Ahli DAP itu berkata, apabila PH memenangi PRU-14, terdapat peluang kepada Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri namun menolaknya kerana mahu mematuhi janji bahawa Dr. Mahathir akan menjadi Perdana Menteri sementara.

“Meskipun Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) mempunyai sedikit kerusi, kesemua komponen PH mengikut perjanjian janji yang dibuat untuk membolehkan anda (Dr. Mahathir) menjadi Perdana Menteri untuk tempoh selama dua. Mengapa? Kerana kita menghormati janji-janji yang dibuat.

“Setakat ini anda telah berkata akan menghormati janji. Namun, tidak mahu menyatakan tarikh penyerahan (jawatan Perdana Menteri).

“Sebaliknya, berkata mungkin dua hingga tiga tahun dan kadang-kala anda menjelaskan akan berlaku hanya apabila ekonomi pulih. Siapa yang tahu berapa lama (pemulihan ekonomi)?” soal Liu.

Beliau mengingatkan Dr. Mahathir bahawa janji yang diberikan kepada pengundi bukanlah Dr. Mahathir menjadi Perdana Menteri sehingga ekonomi pulih.

Liu berkata, baru-baru ini terdapat keraguan tentang sama ada Dr. Mahathir serius berpegang teguh pada kata-kata.

“Mohamed Azmin seolah-olah merasakan awak memihak kepadanya. Mengapa dan bagaimana beliau mempunyai pemikiran sedemikian? Mungkin kerana anda (Dr. Mahathir) telah memberikannya pemikiran sebegitu menerusi tingkah laku anda.

“Malah bukan hanya Mohamed Azmin yang mempunyai pemikiran sebegitu itu. Sesiapa yang memerhatikan suasana politik mempunyai persepsi serupa,” katanya.

Liu berharap Dr. Mahathir sedar di dalam PRU-14, Pengerusi Bersatu itu mempunyai peluang yang sangat jarang diperolehi iaitu dapat menebus diri di mata pengundi yang menganggap bekas Presiden UMNO itu melakukan banyak kesalahan semasa ‘tahun-tahun Mahathir’.

“Sila hormati hasrat pengundi dan turun dengan baik dalam tempoh masa yang dipersetujui,” tambahnya. – UTUSAN ONLINE

This ‘Fragile’ leadership and position is even propped further by Cabinet Minister from Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s own party.

New Straits Times story:

Investors may flee to Vietnam over Anwar-Azmin squabble, says Redzuan

AUGUST 4, 2019 @ 8:01AM 

BY ARFA YUNUS

KUALA LUMPUR: There is a possibility investors will choose Vietnam over Malaysia due to the political uncertainty in the country, said Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof.

He said this “uncertainty” was caused mainly by the PKR infighting involving its president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his deputy Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

According to the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) supreme council member, several investors have personally expressed concern to him over the issue, with one saying he might invest in Vietnam instead.

“I have investors asking ‘Hey, Redzuan, what is happening in Malaysia?’ Somebody even said, ‘If this is what’s happening in this country, we’ll move to Vietnam’.

“I am not trying to scare anyone but there are investors (who are) thinking about this. They are not shutting off Malaysia completely but they are waiting at the door.

“They are adopting the ‘wait and see’ approach. This is why you see today that although there are some investment proposals reported, they haven’t been realised. Approved but not realised,” he said in an interview with the New Straits Times recently.

Speculation has been rife that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad preferred Azmin to succeed him despite an earlier agreement that he would pass the baton to Anwar in “two or three years”.

Dr Mahathir, however, has repeatedly said he would hold his end of the bargain, but he needed time to ensure the country is heading towards the right direction.

Recently, Umno and Pas said they would support for Dr Mahathir to continue as the premier until the end of his term. This call was also supported by Azmin.

Commenting further, Redzuan said Anwar should “slow down” and not be impatient as the premiership would eventually be passed to him.

“It’s already resolved that Dr Mahathir will hand over the seat to Anwar, so why is Anwar busy trying to unseat Dr Mahathir?

“Give Dr Mahathir a chance to fix the country so that when Anwar takes over, it will be easier for him to carry out his duties.

“In my opinion, if this infighting continues, the most eligible candidate who can take over the premiership is Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin,” he said.

Muhyiddin is currently the Home Minister. Previously, he was the Deputy Prime Minister but was booted out of the Cabinet on July 28, 2015 by former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Asked on why Pakatan Harapan did not fix an exact time for Anwar to take over so that the Port Dickson Member of Parliament would feel at ease, Redzuan questioned the need to rush the decision.

“Why the rush? When we took over, we saw all the weaknesses that need to be improved and he (Anwar) saw this too.

“Is the Prime Minister supposed to just do his work halfway and pass the rest to his successor who is not even a Cabinet member at the moment?

“When Dr Mahathir is ready, he will hand over the reins to Anwar. Firstly, we need to stabilise the country by empowering the B40 and the Bumiputera.

“If the Bumiputera are not stable, the country will be unstable, too, and as a result, investors will run away from Malaysia,” he added.

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Nevermind Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Yusof has his own political agenda and now sees the opportunity opening way for him.

Regardless, Minister Redzuan is spot on. Political instability would create further investment and market to be more cautious.

This is compounded with so many examples of Federal Government gross slack in policies, the process of decision making and decisions made.

Then the ghastly followthrough of the policies and/or decision made, the implementation and eventually outcome and trickle effect to the market and rakyat.

Almost everything is on hold and/or pause mode.

Many of the notion that ‘Semburit Scandal’ is Mat King Leather’s faction to hurt Azmin and that would cause instability for Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir to expedite the transition for Mat King Leather ascension as Prime Minister VIII.

However, it is slowly turning out that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is willing to stick his neck out for his blue-eyed-boy, and eye ball the agent of destabilisation and mount a flank attack.

It could be a situation where Caesar managed to stab Brutus instead and Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is extending his stay further with the explicit excuse of ‘the politics got to be stabilised first’.

Either that, in time, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir shall eventually come to a point of no return that Azmin is a bane instead of boon and throw him under the bus and stay on a little longer.

*Updated 1200hrs

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