Shahbudin: All lost if Muhyiddin doesn’t fight back


If he wants to keep quiet, he should have done so from the beginning, and avoided being sacked. Having been sacked, why keep quiet?

(Free Malaysia Today) – Umno Deputy President Muhyiddin Yassin, after having being sacked as Deputy Prime Minister, cannot continue to carry on as if things were normal even as efforts are being made by his foes in Umno to isolate, neutralize, and marginalize him until he dies of dehydration, said a political analyst in his latest blog posting.

“At his age, he should realize that this is about struggling for the truth in the cause of the party, government, the future generations and the country. He should speak up now or he will slowly fade away, soon forgotten.”

“If Muhyiddin is suspended as Deputy President because of speaking up, or even stripped of his party membership, at least it won’t be for want of trying. It’s better for him to go down fighting instead of keeping quiet. He will always be remembered for that.”

Shahbudin Husin, the analyst, was urging Muhyiddin to join former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for one at his various functions seeking the truth on 1MDB and various scandals. “He has already lost the Deputy Premiership and continues to be sidelined by Najib in the party, so what’s he waiting for? Don’t let Mahathir, at 90, carry on the fight alone. This is not the time to go on frequent vacations.”

“It’s too late for Muhyiddin to keep quiet now after having been sacked. If he wants to keep quiet, he should have done so from the beginning, and avoided being sacked. Having been sacked, why keep quiet? Even if he keeps quiet, Najib is going to roast him anyway in the party because there’s a lack of trust between them.”

The analyst noticed that although Muhyiddin has pledged loyalty to the party in helping it to victory in GE14 come 2018, the fact is that efforts are being made to increasingly reduce his role in the party. “Being Umno President has no longer any meaning for Muhyiddin after he lost the Deputy Prime Minister’s post on July 28. Cash is King Umno President and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is deciding on everything while Muhyiddin has been left with nothing to sugar-coat his promises.”

“Probably, after this no Umno division or branch will invite him for anything.”

The latest, noted Shahbudin, was a letter signed by Umno Secretary-General Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor that Umno Vice- President and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will chair meetings of the Coordinating Centre for Election Operations. “Muhyiddin used to handle this task before.”

“If there’s a by-election, it means that Zahid and not Muhyiddin will spearhead the campaign and announce aid to the voters, and projects for the area.”