Mahathir is playing cat and mouse with UMNO before he devours it

TTF: Weeks prior to the recently concluded UMNO election, all talk of there being an investigation by the RoS to determine the party’s legal status (see news item below) mysteriously disappeared amid chatters that the party was illegal.

Back then, speculation was rife that Dr Mahathir Mohamad had wagered a good deal of money on Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah winning the UMNO presidency.

To a large extent, that was true.

Just to make sure Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi would get trampled over, the Prime Minister funnelled millions into the party to secure Razaleigh’s win by any means necessary. 

He even got Khairy Jamaluddin to partake in the ‘rat race’ to split Zahid’s vote within the youth and wanita wings.

But the end result wasn’t quite what he anticipated.

A sizeable number of delegates found Khairy to be rudely ‘un-Malay’ following his insinuation that Najib was criminal.

The veterans, on the other hand, were put off by Razaleigh’s conviction that UMNO needed to seek forgiveness from Malaysians for reasons the Kelantan Prince never made public.

These factions decided that they could not afford the party to be led by insolent breeds who sought to ride on Najib’s predicament to gain political mileage.

It is for this reason, above all, that they decided to stick with Zahid and no one else no matter what they offered.

However, the minute Zahid was announced president, the MACC swung into action and called on him for questioning over an issue he had previously explained.

The whole affair reeked of male fide abuse of power and irony given that Dato’ Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull, while attempting to showcase his ‘seriousness’ in combatting graft, had (then) yet to be sworn in as MACC chief.

Shukri’s actions were likely prompted by a very sore Mahathir who saw his plan A and B go down the drain (REFER TO THOSE PLANS HERE).

The only thing on the Prime Minister’s mind then was to throw Zahid under the bus before having his remains flattened by steamrollers.

He needs the former deputy premier out of the picture so that Dato’ Seri Mohamad Hasan can assume leadership of UMNO and do what Razaleigh was originally meant to do.

However, just to make sure that no stone is left unturned, he is getting the RoS to look into UMNO’s status to see if there is any possibility the party can be deregistered.

One way or the other, he will make damned sure that UMNO in its current form will never get to contest the 15th general election (GE15), anticipated to be held by or before the 31st of December 2021.

If any of you out there are actually harbouring hopes that the party will make a comeback, you’re either using old-school logic to explain new-school outcomes or are convinced that Mahathir is not as anti-aristocratic as I say he is to destroy a party he once led.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Registrar of Societies is in the midst of obtaining more information on the status of Umno, which has been deemed “illegal” by several quarters.

An RoS spokesman said it is still in the process of gathering more information on the allegations.

The registrar, however, said it cannot provide any confirmation with regards to Umno’s status as of now.

“We are still in the process of gathering information. We will inform of any developments as soon as we receive them,” said the spokesman.

The registrar was commenting on a claim by a former Umno veteran, Tan Sri Rais Yatim that Umno’s postponement of its election for a second time was illegal.

Rais said this was because a letter issued by RoS to allow the move was deemed invalid, unless an amendment is made to Section 14 of the Societies Act 1966 to permit the matter.

In an interview with Malaysiakini, Rais had said that the Supreme Council should seek legal guidance so that the powers of the registrar under Section 14 of the Societies Act can be given a valid judgment.

“If it is recognised by the RoS, then the amendment to Section 14 of the Societies Act must at least be amended to state that any extension allowed by the RoS to any political party or society is indeed valid.

“If that is not there, then I question the validty of the RoS letter because a party’s constitution is greater than a letter (of postponement by the RoS).

“If that is the case, then what is the point of having a constitution; once you complete a phase, you just postpone it. If this happens, then the party is doomed to remain under the direction of someone who heads the RoS,” he was quoted as saying.

Source: NST Online

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