“Zahid and Najib are hoping to change the minds of Team B members of parliament, led by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, who are sick and tired of the way Team A “hijacked UMNO and PAS” since before the 14thgeneral election”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
تيتيق نقطه بوات زاهيد، نجيب
UMNO’s latest attempt to present an ultimatum to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) is nothing but a ploy concocted by Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to hoodwink members of Team B, led by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.
In the latest spin and what amounts to an ongoing saga of “empty threats” and “childish warnings,” party vice president Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin called upon PPBM to heed UMNO’s demands.
In a statement, Khaled reportedly said the party could make or break Perikatan Nasional, alluding to talk that UMNO could rescind its support from the loose political coalition and bring a premature end to its brief tenure.
This is unless the government, led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, is willing to conduct “radical changes” in accordance with UMNO’s needs, the Malay Mail Online wrote.
Believe me, the whole affair is nothing but a desperate attempt by Zahid and Najib to prevent Team B Members of Parliament from supporting Tengku Razaleigh, and this article is written to help you understand why that is.
So here goes:
UMNO’s Team A has been presenting all sorts of empty threats to PPBM from the day Muhyiddin formed government, beginning with Zahid’s infamous announcement that the Barisan Nasional component party did not regard itself as member of the Perikatan Nasional coalition.
According to Zahid, UMNO simply supported Muhyiddin as Prime Minister and considered its association with PPBM and PAS in government as a loose understanding between Members of Parliament.
Zahid repeated the stance right after Najib was found guilty of seven criminal charges, this time, however, rephrasing his sentence to mean the exact same thing, albeit with a twist that reduced his words to “utter nonsense.”
According to Zahid, Barisan Nasional would not become a part of Perikatan Nasional but would also not pull out of the ruling coalition, which is more or less like saying, “I really don’t know what I am talking about, I just like to talk nonsense.”
Seriously, how can you say you will not pull out from something you already claim you are not a part of?
Many in UMNO forget that it was Zahid and Najib who entered an agreement with Muhyiddin on the establishment of Perikatan Nasional, with the understanding that PPBM, Barisan Nasional and PAS would form a new government under the coalition’s banner.
However, when Muhyiddin appointed Datuk Seri Azmin Ali as his de facto deputy, Zahid and Najib were pissed off, which is weird, considering that the collapse of Pakatan Harapan would never have been possible had Azmin not defected from PKR with nine other Members of Parliament.
But Zahid did not have the guts to trigger a general election for so many reasons. One of these reasons had to do with the irrevocable split in UMNO that caused Zahid to worry if Team B would follow suit should Team A decide to pull its support for Perikatan Nasional.
As a result, Zahid decided that he needed to wait for the verdict on Najib’s SRC trial. Zahid’s concern was that a guilty verdict would nullify an agreement he had with Najib over who gets to become Prime Minister.
According to the agreement, Najib would return as Prime Minister and pass over the baton to Zahid in two or three years, assuming that Barisan Nasional does succeed in forming government together with PAS, GPS and other willing parties following the 15thgeneral election.
Zahid’s concern was that Barisan Nasional’s already slim chance of making a comeback would be dashed altogether should Najib suddenly be found guilty after having being named Prime Minister candidate following the dissolution of parliament.
As a result, Zahid decided that UMNO would stay put until the court delivered its verdict. In the interim, Zahid’s men began associating with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, anticipating that Najib would be found guilty and sentenced to jail.
Zahid’s prediction came true.
Following the guilty verdict, it became clear as day that Najib could not be named Barisan Nasional’s Prime Minister candidate.
One thing led to another before Zahid and Najib eventually came to an understanding that Barisan Nasional would support Anwar’s candidacy as Prime Minister in the event the PKR president could muster majority support.
To help Anwar, Zahid promised him, in writing, to deliver support from all Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament without first discussing the matter with UMNO’s Supreme Council, the MIC or the MCA.
Likewise, Anwar promised Zahid that the DAP and AMANAH would agree to work with UMNO without first consulting Lim Guan Eng or Mohamad Sabu on the matter.
These lies led Anwar to believe that he could rake in the numbers, which led to the infamous press conference where Anwar told local and foreign media representatives that he had a comfortable majority bordering on two thirds.
Anwar was convinced that DAP, AMANAH, GPS and WARISAN Members of Parliament would fall for the trick and sign Statutory Declarations declaring their support for him.
But none of this happened.
It is for this reason, above all, that Zahid is panicky. Both he and Najib are well aware, that not only has Muhyiddin lost majority support, Mahathir may be making a comeback and has teamed up with Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.
Zahid knows there will be a change in government very, very soon.
In a desperate attempt to prevent this from happening, he suddenly wants Muafakat Nasional to be registered despite refusing to do so from the get go and after having stepped all over Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s face.
Zahid and Najib are hoping to change the minds of Team B members of parliament, led by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, who are sick and tired of the way Team A “hijacked UMNO and PAS” since before the 14thgeneral election.
Despite knowing that it’s a long shot, Zahid and Najib have no choice but to pull such meaningless stunts, hoping that Team B members are stupid enough to believe that they can lead Barisan Nasional towards a victory come the 15thgeneral election.