Hornbill Unleashed

December 20, 2014

Can Najib survive?

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM

najib muhyi2Zefry Dahalan

PAS’ research chief says Muhyiddin checkmated his boss at the recent Umno general assembly.

Umno President Najib Abdul Razak was checkmated by his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin at last month’s Umno general assembly, according to an analysis by Dzulkefly Ahmad, who heads PAS’ research outfit.

“Muhyiddin just stopped short of declaring that his boss was a failure,” says Dzulkefly in his latest blog entry.

He says that Muhyiddin, in his bold call for a new national economic policy, was practically dismissing the “GTPs, ETPs, NKRAs, NKEAs, KPIs, SRIs” and the plethora of other so-called transformation programmes initiated by Najib.

“In other words, Najib has failed because the Malays and other Bumiputeras are still poor and the gap between the rich and the poor continues to widen,” Dzulkefly writes.

“And as if that wasn’t enough, Muhyiddin tightened the screw by turning to the burning issue of Najib’s promise to repeal the Sedition Act.”

Dzulkefly reminds us that Muhyiddin’s speech, which was delivered at the opening of the Wanita, Youth and Puteri assemblies, came before Najib’s address, in which he announced that the Sedition Act would be maintained and fortified.

He notes that Muhyiddin was firm and biting in his call for the retention of the act. He quotes:

“It is appropriate for the government to take firm action to ensure that no one can spark the fires of conflict by issuing statements that are insensitive to racial and religious sentiments.

“It is better for us to prevent than to treat the wounds of enmity. That is why I’m stating my stand with regard to the Sedition Act. To me, this act should be preserved and improved upon.”

Dzulkefly speculates that Najib cannot but feel threatened by Muhyiddin’s boldness.

He says Muhyiddin was especially direct in his attack when he spoke on the issue of party elections.He quotes again:

“We don’t have much time to wait for change to happen. If change does not happen, we have to engineer the change. And so, to me, it is appropriate that we consider having party elections according to what the Umno Constitution stipulates and not postpone them till after the general election, as has been done before this.”

Dzulkefly dismisses talk about Muhyiddin wanting to retire, saying the rumours were spun by people who want him replaced.

His discussion on Muhyiddin as a threat to Najib’s position is only part of a very long blog posting. He ends the section with a pointed question: “Can Najib survive?”

5 Comments »

  1. PM opt for hardship and destruction

    Comment by Ivory — December 23, 2014 @ 6:34 PM | Reply

    • for himself.

      Comment by Ivory — December 23, 2014 @ 6:35 PM | Reply

  2. Why does umno need to beg? Aren’t they an organization of rich elites with millions worth of contracts in their pockets?

    Comment by khay — December 23, 2014 @ 12:50 PM | Reply

  3. Muhyiddin will be the most racist Malay from Umno Baru. If ever Muhyiddin and Zahid combo controls Umno Baru and Putrajaya, Malaysia will be a North Korea in the making.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — December 21, 2014 @ 11:58 PM | Reply

  4. Rumblings within Umno?

    Read more here:
    http://anilnetto.com/governance/accountability/rumblings-within-umno/

    Comment by svs — December 20, 2014 @ 1:50 PM | Reply


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