The UMNO hidden hand in Selangor crisis
The Pakatan Rakyat debacle in Selangor has finally exposed the hidden hands of UMNO using the palace and the UMNO rough supporters within Pakatan Rakyat. The Palace’s unconventional request for 2 names to be submitted by each component parties in Pakatan Rakyat is unprecedented. The constitutional monarch has no jurisdiction in appointing the Menteri Besar other than the one who commands the majority support in state assembly. The Sultan nor his royal office are new to Mentri Besar crisis. Yet there are elements close to palace dictating to Pakatan Rakyat component parties what the sultan wants. UMNO the puppet master behind the scene is pulling the strings using the palace to prolong the crisis to finally form an alternate unity government with defections from PAS and PKR.
The revelation that PAS president was the actually Trojan horse promoting UMNO interest in forming new unity government without going back to voters, indicates the direction and target of UMNO in Selangor crisis. UMNO through PAS president is plotting the ‘Perak like defection’ to form a new government. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib knows pretty well that if there is a snap election UMNO and BN has no chance of returning to power. The other way of taking power without going to people is defection from Pakatan Rakyat. But Pakatan Rakyat has 43 assembly members compared to 13 on UMNO side. It is an uphill task unless PAS members defect. But too much water has flowed below the bridge for the entire 13 PAS assembly men to defect. Pakatan Rakyat has 30 assembly members in its side against UMNOs 26.
Selangor is the jewel in the Malaysian political crown. UMNO feels it is worth the while doing the unethical and illegal political defection attempt. But now that their plans are slowly becoming apparent and having their hand soiled this far can they retrieve without achieving anything. That must be embarrassing and they could become more desperate. In Perak they were successful because of 2 member difference but in Selangor it is a different ball game all together.
Datin Sri Dr Wan Azizah received her early education in St. Nicholas Convent School, Alor Setar. She continued her education at Tunku Kurshiah College in Seremban before she went on to study medicine at the Royal of surgeons in Ireland where was awarded a gold medal in obstetrics and gynecology and she later graduated as a qualified ophthalmologist.
Dr. Wan Azizah served as a government doctor for 14 years before deciding to focus on volunteering work, when her husband, Anwar Ibrahim was appointed the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia in1993. As part of her voluntary pursuits, she became a patron of MAKNA (majlis Kanser Nasional in that period and became the second woman to lead a political party in Malaysia’s history. Ganga Nayar founded and became the first president of the Malaysian workers’ party in 1978.
To say that she will be remotely controlled by her husband is a political irony and belittling the effort of promoting a woman into the forefront of politics in Malaysia. A woman who also happens to be the wife of Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim hounds UMNO and their allies into fabricating excuses blocking the Pakatan Rakyat candidature. Selangor crisis may not end soon.
UMNO will create more mess and confusion with the tacit support of main stream media and divert the blame to Pakatan Rakyat. The Prime Minister has already expressed his support for outgoing MB Khalid Ibrahim and disapproval for a new woman MB who has the majority support in state assembly. The Palace churns constitutional crisis to serve the UMNO purpose. The deputy PM Tan Sri Muhiddin Yassin has reaffirmed that BN state assemblymen will stand with Khalid all the way. UMNO had successfully dwarfed the Kajang move to replace khalid and the pro-UMNO faction in PAS are still supporting him.
UMNO the puppet master has made the constitution irrelevant in Selangor crisis. Selangor voters have made their choice loud and clear and it is up to the federal government and Palace to accept and respect the choice. The ball is in UMNO’s court.