“Team B wants Muhyiddin to resign to pave the way for Mahathir and Razaleigh to make a grand entry or seek other solutions towards the establishment of an interim or caretaker government with the duo in charge”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
ماجوريتي دالم امنو سوكوڠ كو لي، ماهو زاهيد، محي الدين لتق جاوتن
The majority of Members of Parliament from UMNO are not particularly interested or impressed with Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi’s latest move to get Muafakat Nasional registered.
The move comes on the heels of a botched attempt by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to convince all and sundry that he had numbers, bordering on two thirds and comprising UMNO, PKR, DAP and AMANAH Members of Parliament.
Many in UMNO know that Zahid is desperate and is merely attempting to ride on PAS to stay afloat, so that Team B, led by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, would agree to a political ceasefire, which is precisely what UMNO youth is asking for.
As a matter of fact, the idea of having a ceasefire was contrived on the pretext that UMNO needs to unite so that the party can demand a greater role in and control of government from Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
But the truth is, Zahid feels threatened – now more than ever – by the irrevocable split in UMNO which has left Team A, led by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, with ten or so Members of Parliament, most of whom are facing multiple criminal charges.
Team B, on the other hand, keeps getting stronger, with the latest tally estimated at 25 Members of Parliament, all in support of Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.
For the record, Zahid and Najib have long entered a political ceasefire of their own so that the duo can focus on preventing Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who has since teamed up with Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, from making a comeback.
On Sunday, I wrote:
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 the duo can lead Barisan Nasional towards a victory come the 15thgeneral election.
And that’s precisely what’s happening.
As they say, desperate people always resort to desperate measures and are willing to do anything, even if they know that the thing they are doing isn’t likely to get them anywhere.
Several well-placed sources from UMNO have given clear indicators to me that Team B isn’t buying into Zahid “ceasefire ploy” and couldn’t care less if Zahid decides to register Muafakat Nasional or otherwise.
What Team B wants is for Team A to make an exit and for Zahid to resign as UMNO president so that Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah may take over via an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM).
But Team B is not saying this, as many of its members believe that Zahid, Najib and the rest of Team A members will continue to besiege UMNO regardless what the grassroots want or what the majority of leaders say.
As a result, they’re tight lipped about the whole affair and are more focused on pushing for a motion of no confidence against Muhyiddin in hopes that it can be proven he does not command majority support in the Dewan Rakyat.
Once that happens, they want Muhyiddin to resign and pave the way for Mahathir and Razaleigh to make an entry or seek other solutions towards the establishment of an interim or caretaker government with the duo in charge.