Hornbill Unleashed

August 19, 2014

After Kajang move, comes Mahathir’s move?

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When the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim bruised his administration’s reputation, he had handpicked Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who was regarded as a pious man and nicknamed “Mr Clean”, to be his number two and successor.

But when Abdullah, bolstered by the biggest ever victory for BN in his inaugural general election as prime minister in 2004, decided to deviate from the charted course and carve a legacy for himself, Dr Mahathir Mohamad became livid.

He resolved to take “Mr Clean” to the cleaners. The dagger was unsheathed and plunged into the jugular.

Four years later, Abdullah became the first BN leader to witness the biggest ever win and worst ever defeat in an election.

For the first time, the shell-shocked ruling coalition lost its two-third parliamentary majority and hold on several states.

Abdullah was forced to quit. And Mahathir rejoiced.

But now, he appears to be sharpening his dagger once again, this time for Najib Abdul Razak, who he had endorsed as Abdullah’s replacement.

When Najib took over the reins in 2009, he wasted little time in ruffling Mahathir’s feathers with his so-called moderate approach under the much-hyped 1Malaysia slogan.

From here on, things went downhill.

Mahathir, who is also the patron of Perkasa, said such movements were needed since Umno, under Najib, no longer defended the rights of the Malays.

In his bid to win over the hearts of non-Malay voters, Najib was accused by certain quarters of pandering too much to the Chinese.

But Najib’s efforts failed to bear fruit in the last general election.

Scathing attack reveals patience is waning

Speculation had been rife that Mahathir had joined hands with Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is seen as a hardline Malay leader, to topple Najib.

When Najib once declared himself as “Malaysian first and Malay second,” Muhyiddin had responded that he was “Malay first and Malaysian second.”

However, the speculation of a conspiracy and rift was often dismissed.

Today, Mahathir penned a scathing attack on Najib indicating that his patience was wearing thin.

He stated that the latter performed even worse than Abdullah in reference to the last general election, where the opposition bloc secured a higher percentage of the popular votes.

The former premier, who is still influential in Umno, was also enraged that Najib had caved in to opposition pressure and repealed the Internal Security Act, which only exacerbated the situation.

During Mahathir’s tenure, the ISA, which allowed for detention without trial, was often used to silent dissent on the pretext of safeguarding national security.

In 1987, Mahathir had launched the biggest ISA dragnet, which witnessed the arrest of more than 100 people, including opposition politicians and activists.

In an ironic twist, Mahathir, who is often accused of making incendiary remarks on racial issues, claimed that Najib’s policies wereworsening race relations.

True enough, under Najib’s 1Malaysia, racial and religious divisions are widening with the mushrooming of extremist entities.

Observers had attributed this to pro-Umno forces wanting to hold on to their Malay power-base by creating an “us versus them” scenario in order to retain Putrajaya.

In the last polls, Umno, which secured 88 parliament seats, performed much better than its coalition partners such as MCA, MIC and Gerakan.

And so Mahathir’s latest vitriolic outburst begs the question whether a move, similar to PKR’s Kajang Move to oust the Selangor menteri besar, has been set in motion?

And would Najib suffer a similar fate as Khalid Ibrahim?



  1. Sometime I do wonder if Najib has been sabotaged by the goons WITHIN his own party . He said ; like this ! but that dpm said , like that ! Najib said , yes ! But his dpm said , no ! At this moment I would expect Najib’s dpm to SAID something but there is NOT even a single whisper – so yes, I seriously think it has been a Najib being a puppet UNDER that old man’s control all these while. Najib got blamed for being flip flop – couldn’t he be sabotaged by those goons ? Maybe he DOES want to speak OUT but was silenced because he is controlled by those goons again ? So if he speaks out it is about ‘harmless’ topic like $1 chicken and a certain kind of vegetable ( hope I won’t be investigated for sedition !) Poor Najib ! I think he is doing his ‘best’ – no wonder he can go for ‘deserved’ holidays !! The goons can have a field day in his absence running the country in seditions !!!

    Comment by teres6842550 — September 8, 2014 @ 3:10 AM | Reply

  2. Reblogged this on pisaukarat.

    Comment by pisaukarat — August 19, 2014 @ 7:20 PM | Reply

  3. All those peoples just want to take care of their own pocket. If not, why “Mati”, already 89, still so care about country politic ? One leg already in the hole, biilion dollar in bank, why so “kenjong” ? His son not yet stable…He want he son stable first than he will go peacefully. Trust me.

    Comment by Mike - JB — August 19, 2014 @ 5:45 PM | Reply

  4. Najib’s handling with the Ukraine separatist in the MH17 is indeed courageous and commendable. But his courage is very contradictory to his actions at home. He showed extreme cowardice leadership in stopping racial and religious disharmony instigations. He paradoxically showed his weak leadership with his ‘No Show or No Comment’ response when Ministers and NGOs are making a mockery of his 1Malaysia objectives. He conveniently allowed biased and unprofessional handling by our legal enforcement agency. He courageously allowed and hence endorsed over zealous religious groups to stir up religious disharmony among Malaysians. He happily ignored his party mouthpiece, Utusan in spreading racial and religious hatred unabated. If Hisham still insist this is courageous and strong leadership, then it is sad to say that his lackeys and opponents are even stronger and more courageous. True patriotic Malaysians will not value him if he cannot rectify the above.

    Comment by Kismis — August 19, 2014 @ 5:15 PM | Reply

    • beware, we DON’T know what is behind, just like tski whose bank od boleh settle out of court.

      Comment by tiuniamah — August 19, 2014 @ 5:24 PM | Reply

  5. “Many of the policies, approaches and actions by the government under Najib have destroyed inter-racial ties, the economy and the country’s finances,” Dr Mahathir said in his blog chedet.cc.

    But who started Perkasa?

    Comment by Hairu — August 19, 2014 @ 12:30 PM | Reply

    • Most lukely the “M”aster “M”ind pretends to get angry, actually he is happy ada successor doing a GOOD job to continous his legacy of racial,religion seperation/sergregations in Bomohland, then can again blame the cina kui.of course the melayu controlled anjings is also happy for self gains.

      Comment by tiuniamah — August 19, 2014 @ 5:28 PM | Reply

    • and who funded this PIGkasa ? with our income tax ?

      Comment by tiuniamah — August 20, 2014 @ 9:13 PM | Reply

  6. Because Tun Razak brought him back, Mahathir must ‘balas budi’ Most of the people knew this story. But now Mahathir suddenly becomes “Mahathir mudah lupa” fellow and “tidak balas budi” fellow. Since his son is MB now, he need to fast track his son from MB to PM because Anwar’s wife is going to become MB. If Azizah and Mukhriz ‘berdiri same tinggi, duduk sama rendah’, Mahathir will lose face. So the moment Mahathir realise that Azizah will sure become MB of Selangor, Najib must come down, Muhyiddin up, Mukhriz as DPM.

    Comment by JasOne — August 19, 2014 @ 8:07 AM | Reply

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