Raja Petra Kamarudin is fond of using this Malay saying that means, being angry with the mosquito, you set fire to the mosquito net. Calamitous move, in any case.
I suppose this applies to Tun Dr Mahathir, Malaysia’s erstwhile PM who made an unforgettable Wesak Day with this shocking announcement that he is quitting UMNO.
I’ve often seen politicians making statements like “put the party first” and its many variants, and not having been part of a political party EVER, these statements baffled me.
Because lots of these scumbag politicians (was that a redundant phrase?) have made these calls, and I’ve always wondered why? Why put the party first when the people suffer? Doesn’t make sense, does it?
Anyway, Dr M is and has always been Macchiavelian. (That is not to say that Niccolo Macchiaveli was Satan-incarnate. He was merely putting forth his theories on statecraft). This is quite apart from what I see as a very clear and hands-on approach to administration.
Dr M has guts. His political record during the 22 years at the helm of Malaysia hasn’t exactly been stellar, but his governance to a large extent helped this country forward. Many of you may disagree with me, and so you may state your disagreement in the comment section. But I take my hat off to the man.
However, Just like I found the Royal Commission’s recommendations last week that the Lingam six be investigated, somewhat too politically-expedient, I find Dr Mahathir’s move today to be a calculated one.
What does he hope to achieve? Destabilise an already shaky Umno ship? He’s doing a fine job of it? Is this going to be a death knell for Umno or Pak Lah?
Both, I would say. This also means that the populace is now split four-ways. The Pas supporters and members, the PKR lot, the Mahathirist Umno members and the Abdullah Umno camp.
Shahrir Samad has said maybe we should prepare for another general elections. I wonder if that is a wise move for the BN governemnt now. Everything that happened after March 8 polls have not been good for them.
A trawl around the blogs that posted Mahathir’s shock quit move showed mixed reactions from the commenters.
Dr M perhaps should not count on the rakyat to react favourably to this move. There will be forces within Umno (and of course the powerbrokers who control that the puppet strings) will try their hardest to ensure that the status quo is preserved.
Maybe the nation’s stability’s at stake here. And Dr M is not helping. He wants Pak Lah out. However, he has retired and many perceive that he should not meddle. I don’t think Pak Lah deserves to be PM anymore, not if the country is to firmly tackle the economic storm ahead.
I’m thinking, many of the leaders he has in Umno are there because of Dr M. Either there are simply too many seedy sleazy Malay politicians within Umno ranks to make Dr M’s pickings slim or he wanted them there for his own reasons.
Because of this, we have the likes of the insubstantial Pak Lah, the outwardly spineless but ultimately dodgy Najib, the widely seen-to-be-lightweight Muhyiddin as heir-apparents.
Shahrir Samad and Rais Yatim are not outwardly ambitious enough to take the helm of Umno but both have shown some steel in their character that may make them seem a bit too “independent” for Umno stalwarts’ comfort.
Rais has a tendency to rub people the wrong way too. That is not to say this guy may not be capable. And in the event of succession, these two fellas seem to be the the only ones not widely seen to be pro-Dr M or Pak Lah. But then, I may be wrong.
You know something? As a Malaysian who has seen what an ugly, rotten behemoth Umno has become, the party going to pieces is something good for Malaysia.
Dr M’s contention that Malays are losing sovereignty in their own land is a statement he has to rethink, for all its supremacist-connotation.
I’m very much disappointed with Dr M’s endangered Kedaulatan Melayu contention today. Was that meant to rile the disenchanted Umno mob?
Ketuanan Melayu the way Umno practiced it resulted in a lot of injustice in this country. It was more like Umno hegemony, if you ask me. Which is why Anwar Ibrahim’s Ketuanan Rakyat resonated so well with the people.
Anwar might have his agenda too, but hey, maybe Malaysians are tired of being screwed by the same bunch of people. Maybe they want a different set, who’d be a little kinder.
Malays are the tuans in this country aren’t they? I mean, the PM is a Malay. All our Sultans are Malay. We do not dispute that at all do we?
This is not about Kedaulatan Melayu at all. This is about Umno losing power, and they are shit scared they will lose it forever. But why did they lose it? Because the minority races in Malaysia got together for an anti-Melayu stand?
No way! All that is happening now, is because of lousy governance, inequality in so many areas from education to socio-economics.
From an ambitious autocrat (Dr M has contributed a lot to the nation’s growth, I believe) to a weak but somewhat nice guy who is seen as having lost control of his government.
It is not the Chinese Indians and the lain lains that are conspiring against the Malays. It is the corrupt Umno and its “beggar” coalition partners who were brought down to their knees.
And that is a good thing, isn’t it?