Muhyiddin supporters can’t wait for the PM’s exit


Muhyiddin Yassin’s supporters have finally come out to stake the claim for their chief as the next PM of Malaysia, and it is not really surprising as so many things have gone weirdly wrong with Najib’s running of the country, the party, and most of all the elections campaign, that most of the people in the BN seem to be sure that with Najib at the helm the BN will suffer an agonising and  humiliating defeat when he calls for elections this time around.

To Muhyiddin, and  in fact the majority at UMNO, Najib has and is taking  the party in the wrong direction, he has not asserted his authority sufficiently to maim the opposition, to them he does not have enough, “fire in the belly” to win the elections they way his predecessors did.

Najib’s deputy has scarce respect for him,  he has displayed that time and again by deliberately contradicting  so many directives of Najib’s, as one observer noticed,  “the other so called “heavyweights” in UMNO – Nazri, Rais Yatim, Khairy,  and even the likes of Sharizat seem to leaning towards Muhyiddin almost to say that there is this general feel in UMNO that Najib  has to go.”

Many in UMNO see Najib today as excess baggage and they want him out, he is causing too much discontent amongst the Malays in Johor claim. They are worried that the Pakatan Rakyat is fast gaining a foothold in some major parts of Johor and many within the inner circles have conceded that this time around they may lose Negeri Sembilan and Trengganu  too.

Instead of  building on UMNO’s  strengths, he has opted to go all out to win back Penang, Selangor and Perak which they managed to snatch back and this is being done to the detriment of Negeri and Johor says the UMNO leadership in both these states. 

One UMNO division leader in Johor is openly asking for Najib’s ouster as he thinks if they wait till after the elections it may be too late and if the BN loses this elections it will never recover from it in the near future.

He says,  “there is so much to reveal about the inner workings of UMNO that the next generations of Malays will not want to trust them anymore, and when Pakatan wins they will reveal all, that is how serious the situation is,” notice his choice of words, “when Pakatan wins” is that an accepted fact in Johor?

Go to Parit Sulong in Johor and see what the UMNO people are saying, there is scant regard for both Najib and Mahathir, there they say – “Mahahtir must shut up and get out, and Najib must learn how to keep his house in order, if he can’t how can he be the leader,” now that sentiment is seems to be spreading in Muar too, if you have the opportunity talk to the Malays there.

As one Malay observer in Muar put it, “in those days the Malays never openly took sides, the listened quietly and gave their support, there was hardly a whisper, today they are not quiet anymore they are not even whispering, they are shouting on top of their voices, ‘we’re  fed up!!!’ we have been betrayed for so long and this party has not only betrayed us they have stolen from us and other Malaysians, we’d rather vote the DAP.” 

The Malays led by UMNO  have long not trusted the DAP. UMNO successfully branded the DAP a Chinese chauvinistic Party, but the DAP went on building it’s image, from the Rahim Tamby Chik case, to it’s MP Ahmad Noor, and its exposure of all the UMNO corruption more and more Malays feel they have a better alternatives in the DAP than UMNO and the BN.

The general feeling down south is, those who still do not trust the DAP there are other alternatives – PKR and the PAS and the Malays are taking it and whilst this BN government is now really worried about this Malay vote many feel that they will lose more with Najib at the helm, whether this a Muhyiddin strategy or a fact is better known within UMNO as each faction will tell you.

With Sabah in shambles, with Sarawak who delivered during the last elections and on whose strength the government was formed – only to land up with a few meager inconspicuous ministerial positions the dynamics have changed, the East Malaysians want a leader from their midst, all parties this time around have to make that offering they must see one of their people capturing Putrajaya – becoming the PM of Malaysia and the demand is, “he is not to be from UMNO.”

The Dayaks and the Kadazans will tell you that and this time around they mean business, but UMNO can’t afford to give them that, because that will be political suicide for the UMNO leadership. To Pakatan Rakyat that is easy, it is no problem, and PAS and DAP will point  to the fact that Anwar readily became their choice for a leader without any infighting.

Right in January this year this blog spoke of the rift and Muhyiddin’s behind the scene strategies to wrest power from Najib. “Live by the gun die by the gun,” so the saying goes, Mahahthir removed Hussein Onn that way, Najib removed Abdullah and now his deputy is doing the same, it seems to be becoming the UMNO culture, however, has Muhyiddin got the clout to do it.

Muhyiddin has made no secret about his intentions, for every major strategy that Najib has put in place he – Muhyiddin has had a spanner in the works, he is Malay first and Malaysian next. Remember?