“Things are very bad for Zahid, Najib and Anwar. The only thing the trio can do now is ramp up propaganda, telling everyone that the majority in Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan wants to work together“
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim told a press conference yesterday that Pakatan Harapan (PH) would take into consideration seat allocations for Opposition-friendly parties, including a proposal made by Sabah-based United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (Upko).
He also said Pakatan Harapan is open to the possibility of working together with UMNO in the next election after the Barisan Nasional component party announced its intention to not cooperate with incumbent Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s PPBM in the upcoming general election.
This is an outright lie, as is the claim by a foreign media channel that Anwar had wanted to issue a joint statement with Barisan Nasional to strengthen the call for the Lower House to sit.
But the foreign media is not to blame for believing Anwar, and neither are Members of Parliament from the DAP, PKR and AMANAH. They do not seem to be as well connected with UMNO as Anwar is, enough to realise how the PKR president is taking everyone for a jolly good ride.
Here’s what really happened:
For weeks now, I have been exposing the extent of discord in UMNO and how Zahid’s Team A, led also by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, commands the support of a minority faction comprising seven Members of Parliament and less than 15 per cent of UMNO divisions.
That’s a small number, considering that Zahid and Najib are very much in control of the party’s supreme council (or MKT) by virtue of members Zahid himself appointed in 2019, bringing about a small majority within the MKT that dances to his and Najib’s tunes.
It follows, the MKT is out of sync with the majority in UMNO and Barisan Nasional and no longer listens to what the majority says.
So, when 147 out of 191 UMNO divisions told Zahid that the party needed to immediately sever ties with PPBM, he pretended to agree but told them to wait just a little while longer as a final decision would be made during the UMNO general assembly, scheduled March end.
But quietly, he got the MKT to write a letter to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, telling the latter that UMNO would continue to work with PPBM until parliament is dissolved. Needless to say, this pissed off many division leaders once the matter was exposed to public.
Similarly, when Barisan Nasional met on the 4th of February, its leadership decided not to delve into the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong’s decree on parliamentary sittings lest they misrepresent themselves and the ruler.
But Zahid quietly issued a statement to the contrary, telling all and sundry that Barisan Nasional agreed to urge ministers and Members of Parliament to push for parliamentary sittings in light of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong’s decree.
So Zahid is telling a lot of lies, and he is doing it openly. When someone who leads a big organisation starts to lie at the risk of being removed, you know that the person is desperate as something very big is about to happen.
So what is the “big thing that is about to happen?”
Well, if your guess is the 15th general election, you’re spot on. Zahid knows that parliament may be dissolved come March end or mid-April and that the general election will be held sometime in June come hell or high water.
Therein the problem – because UMNO is controlled by a “court cluster,” no one is eligible to become Barisan Nasional’s Prime Minister candidate.
So, unless someone triggers an EGM to remove Zahid, the majority in UMNO will ditch him and Najib before or after parliament is dissolved and team up with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his Third Force bloc to face the general election.
Should this happen, it would be the end of the road for Zahid and Najib. Why else do you think the duo is trying so very hard to forge an alliance between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan?
They want to name Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister candidate, representing a grand coalition involving UMNO, the MCA, the MIC, PKR, the DAP, AMANAH and possibly even WARISAN and GPS.
But the majority in Barisan Nasional is not on board with them. As a matter of fact, the majority is getting pissed as hell with Zahid for ignoring everyone and issuing statements as if Barisan Nasional were his grandfather’s house.
Why else do you think the presidents of the MCA and the MIC went straight to the press to voice their dissatisfaction over Zahid’s press statement that completely ignored and misrepresented a decision by the majority?
But Zahid isn’t the only one facing problems.
Over at Pakatan Harapan, Anwar too is under a lot of pressure as he tries to keep his own party from tearing apart at the seams. This is in line with what I’ve been telling you all along.
That is, almost half of PKR is no longer with Anwar. Of late, many have turned their sights towards Mahathir’s new bloc, along with a sizeable number of AMANAH, DAP, PPBM and UMNO Members of Parliament.
Why else do you think Zahid and Najib dared not vote against Budget 2021? Not only did they fail to convince enough Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament to support Anwar, Anwar himself could not muster support from even 50 Pakatan Harapan MPs.
Some say he collected less than 50 Statutory Declarations, others say he got 60. But every connected person seems to agree that the number was “comfortably south of 65,” which is a crying shame for a man who claims to lead 91 Members of Parliament.
So you see, things are very bad for Zahid, Najib and Anwar. The only thing the trio can do now is ramp up propaganda, telling everyone that the majority in Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan wants to work together.
They hope to confuse UMNO, DAP, PKR and AMANAH Members of Parliament in hopes that the confusion will prevent any of them from negotiating terms with Mahathir.
They don’t have a choice, and Zahid does not mind being booted from UMNO should Team B suddenly call for an EGM. The way he sees it, he’s already done for, so he might as well give it a last shot.
That, in essence, is what Anwar’s press conference was all about.