Dr Mahathir Mohamad is bent on turning UMNO into his UMNO.
To accomplish this, he’s getting his men to occupy key positions in the party by giving them millions upon millions to throw around.
Once his men are in, he’ll go ahead and establish a new coalition to replace Barisan Nasional altogether.
But the Prime Minister also has a ‘Plan B’ that involves the setting up of a one-party dictatorship.
THE THIRD FORCE
Dr Mahathir Mohamad is bent on turning UMNO into his UMNO. He is getting his men to occupy key positions in the party by giving them millions upon millions to throw around. The Prime Minister is determined to rid UMNO of anything Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak even if it means deregistering the party or sabotaging it from within.
Once in, these fellows will undertake to supplant all branch and division leaders with those willing to swear eternal allegiance to him. The Prime Minister anticipates this to take a minimum of six to eight months to accomplish. By March 2019, he expects to trigger the crossover of 47 Pakatan Harapan Members of Parliament (MP) to Barisan Nasional before he kicks both the MCA and Gerakan out for good.
That’s plan A.
Plan B is somewhat similar, though the end result involves the crossing over of UMNO as a complete entity into Pakatan Harapan. Mahathir favours this option most as it involves the collapse of Barisan Nasional and the emergence of a one-party dictatorship. However, to accomplish this plan is not easy – the new UMNO leadership would have to restructure the party tip-to-tail in less than a year to avoid the emergence of splinter factions.
So you see, Mahathir is going out of his way to bring UMNO back into the limelight one way or the other. The only question that remains is if the party’s new leadership is capable of turning UMNO into his UMNO in less than a year. Should Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and his men succeed, it is likely to be plan B all the way and the eventual emergence of a one-party dictatorship. Should they fail, the country will see the emergence of a new ruling coalition without the DAP or Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the picture.
Mahathir’s ultimate aim is to piss the Malays off. That explains the attacks on the Monarchical Institution and all the talk about wanting to abolish Jakim. He is convinced that the more the Malays are pissed, the higher the likelihood that they would seek the return of UMNO to teach the DAP a lesson or to keep it in check.
That also explains why he decided to give Lim Guan Eng control of the nation’s purse strings. He is well aware that Pakatan won the 14th general election (GE14) on bread and butter issues. The longer the coalition takes to bring down the cost of living, the higher the likelihood that the Malays would blame Guan Eng for failing as Minister of Finance. It won’t take long before they begin to accuse the DAP of sabotaging Mahathir and demand that PPBM works closely with Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to bring UMNO back to the vanguard of Malay politics.
To be continued…