It takes more than Mahathir to overthrow Prime minister
UMNO leaders may have never dreamt of a day when their members may turn their back on them. Will that day materialize? Malays including UMNO members are unhappy and feel betrayed at what their top leaders have done with regards to GST, 1MDB, Tabung Haji and now KWAP. Malay community has blindly supported UMNO through thick and thin only to be deceived and made use of. But to keep the UMNO members satisfied goodies and privileges are constantly given out. UMNO has successfully kept the Malay support for the past 58 years simply by instilling fear that the Chinese will take over the country and Malays will lose their political leadership and Islam is under threat. The presences of non-Malays were conveniently used as devils to frighten off the Kampong folks into submission and blind support. UMNO has been using the race, religion and country in such inter-changeably that even educated Malays gets confused and submits into blind loyalty.
This blind and unquestionable support has brought about complacence, arrogance, care a less and grab anything and everything for myself attitude among its leaders. Religion has been recklessly used to instill fear, conformity and a false sense of superiority. Can all these falsehood and superficiality stand the test of time? May not be so. Past UMNO leaders led by none other than Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad going all out to replace Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib tun Razak. After 69 years UMNO is in crisis of confidence with it’s leader who is also under pressure from past leaders. Will the current debacle bring about any change in UMNO?
UMNO as a race based party has been rocked by a number of leadership struggles before. UMNO baru itself is a creation out of a bitter leadership struggle between Tun Dr Mahathir and Tengku Razaleigh. After UMNO baru formation Tun Dr Mahathir sacked Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in 1998 and followed by Tun Dr Mahathir forced Abdullah Badawi to step down in 2004. Tun Dr Mahathir who has been successful in all the past leadership struggles has entered into another tussle with his own protégé Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Each struggle had weaken, disintegrate and factionalized the once mighty party.
Under the leadership of Dr Mahathir Mohammad, UMNO president’s office was vested with unprecedented power. Datuk Seri Najib has inherited this powerful office. Therefore it takes a huge crisis to bring the UMNO president down. Datuk Seri Najib has rolled over his sleeves for standoff with Tun Dr Mahathir by publicly declaring that he was elected by UMNO members and the people. No UMNO leader has deserted Datuk Seri Najib yet. Under these circumstances, it is impossible for Dr Mahathir to bring down the current president. Datuk Seri Najib may have weakened his moral authority and statue, but as long as UMNO leaders stand by him, it is not possible by Dr Mahathir to bring down the current UMNO president.
UMNO president who is also the prime Minister has huge budget to keep the UMNO leaders on his side. Budget allocation to Prime Minister Office comes to about 50 billion in 2015. Half the amount is special allocations that are decided at the discretion of Prime Minister. Therefore he has enough goodies to offer the UMNO leaders to keep them happy. Corruption, abuse of power and conflict of interest cannot bring down UMNO leadership. So Datuk Seri Najib is here to stay longer. The fact that UMNO still commanded 61% of votes in Rompin and 41% of votes in Permatang Pauh despite GST and 1MDB debacle shows that Prime Minister is firm inFrom the desk of Senator S Ramakrishnan comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.