Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
زاهيد اد سميڠڬو
Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was given the mandate to decide when UMNO would pull out from government if the general election is not forthcoming.
This was aired live, but it’s not the full story.
Truth is, Zahid was allowed to decide the deadline for UMNO to detach from government after he was forced to sing to the delegates’ tunes.
This came about after some fiery speeches and debates that were kept from media scrutiny but is in the possession of people I know.
Zahid was forced to please delegates who seemed ready to throw the kitchen sink at him along with busses, trains and the rocket Space X plans to launch to planet Mars.
Zahid needed to buy time and shift conversations away from the deafening chatter within the majority that wants him to resign as UMNO president.
So he and his team gave the impression that he had enough of PPBM and was not going to give Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin much time to decide when parliament would be dissolved, which is what I told you he would do in the first place (refer article below).
In other words, delegates are probably hoping that the deadline for the dissolution of parliament will be soon, perhaps in April, meaning, we should see UMNO ministers resigning as soon as possible as Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah had so aptly put it.
While we can expect Members of Parliament to hold on for a week to see what Zahid will say, several division leaders are already planning their next move.
Since the UMNO general assembly is over and since there is no more excuse or even an avenue for Zahid to buy more time, should he not announce a ‘deadline’ for the dissolution of parliament, things may get messy.
The writings on the wall indicate that Zahid has a week to decide. Should he suddenly say that UMNO is willing to wait until May, June, July or August, his goose will likely be cooked.
I don’t know how it will be cooked, but we may see the departure of many UMNO ministers and deputy ministers from government and major press conferences by Members of Parliament without his consent.
Then, once parliament is dissolved, Barisan Nasional will have to name its Prime Minister candidate. That candidate can neither be Zahid nor anyone from the court cluster.
However, should Zahid decide name someone who is not the preferred candidate of the majority, many will depart from UMNO before the general election.
Who will they join?
Let’s wait and see. In the meantime, Zahid should release the speeches and debates that were kept from media scrutiny if it can help him prove I’m wrong.