Mahathir bribed UMNO members to join Pribumi

And that begs the question, why? Why is Mahathir so determined to oust Najib, to the point that he’d fund a group to sabotage UMNO from within? Has it anything to do with the trending buzz, that he wants his son to become the next Prime Minister of Malaysia? Or is it simply because Najib is an aristocrat?

The Third Force

An idle mind is the devil’s workshop, they say. In the case of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the game has always been poker. The Machiavellian-turned-illusionist keeps tossing very powerful cards with big numbers onto the table. Only the devil can tell you the cards are fake, that the numbers are from his mind, sealed in lies.

Last Tuesday, the 10th of May 2017, the former premier got Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) to announce that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had topped the charts in a discovery into “What Malaysians want?” The ‘results’, designed to trigger infighting in UMNO, posed major ‘upsets’ when it was revealed that Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had surpassed Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak by two notches when it came to the people’s choice of “who should be Prime Minister.”

But that’s not all.

In what seemed a desperate attempt by Mahathir to pit Hishammuddin against current deputy premier Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the ‘survey’ appeared tuned to the idea that people preferred just about anyone other than Najib, even if it were the Pope. That may have been believable had it not been for an itsy-bitsy, tiny-winey detail – the total respondents numbered 150, and not 3,000, as claimed by the party.

Yes, you read right.

Not only did PPBM multiply the actual number of respondents by two and add a zero behind, the party’s chairman and de facto chief – Mahathir himself – forgot to make public the RM500 he instructed his henchmen to pay some 50 ‘respondents’. And while the remaining 100 ‘respondents’ were existing PPBM members, and in some cases, Chinese DAP members, over a thousand others were simply paid between RM2,000 to RM 10,000 (depending on who they were) to desert UMNO and join PPBM.

Surprised? Well, there is more.

The desertions were triggered in stages by a shadow movement within UMNO, one which Mahathir established in 2015 and is currently nurturing to sabotage the ruling coalition. The movement, led by a high-profile Dato’ and assisted by several MCA leaders and a former DAP member, receives funding from Mahathir (and to some extent, the DAP) and is determined to break the ruling coalition’s media edifice through acts of espionage.