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It takes more than Mahathir to overthrow Prime minister

May 15, 2015

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 in

Will the royal commission of inquiry investigate Mahathir?

August 22, 2012

Will the royal commission of inquiry investigate Mahathir?

The current prime minister has led a parliamentary select committee in 2007 on illegal immigrants to Sabah. Can the Prime Minister Datuk seri Najib Tun Razak brief the nation on the findings before creating a RCI for the same purpose? On 11 August 2012, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the formation of the Royal Commission of Inquiry for illegal immigrants in Sabah and its 8 Terms of references.  The announcement is in response to the resignation of 3 members of parliament who said that they are resigning due to the inaction of federal government over this matter. Unless the RCI investigates the culprits responsible for treason and abuse of power, the whole effort is a political appeasement.


Former PM Tun Mahathir was directly involved and recently justified project IC. To defend the issuance of identity cards to Muslim illegal immigrants from Philippines  and Indonesia, the former prime minister Tun Mahathir Mohammad has said that “On the basis of the length of stay and mastering of the national language, they qualify to be citizens of this country, and so the acquired citizenship.” He further questioned that “why cannot the migrants of Sabah who have all these qualifications be accepted as citizens? The objections to them being accepted seem to be political,” he said. In his blog posting, Mahathir claimed that choosing not to naturalize migrants in Sabah was also racist, and that Malaysians should accept that their fellow citizens may come from different backgrounds.

Another name for this project is project Mahathir. Will the RCI investigate Mahathir and take those responsible to court? If not, this formation of RCI is another of Datuk Seri Najib’s initiatives that is intended to appease the political rumblings in Sabah. The demographic pattern changes below shows that the project was deliberately done to alter the ethnic composition in Sabah in favorable of the ruling government and certain political parties.

 In 1960, the state comprised:                       In 2006, the estimated ethnic composition is

32% Kadazandusuns,                                                 25% Non-citizens,      

23% Chinese,                                                           17.76% Kadazandusuns

15.8% Other Muslims,                                           14.62% Other Bumiputras

13.1% Bajaus,                                                          13.4% Bajaus

5.5% Indonesians                                                    11.48% Malays

4.9% Muruts,                                                           9.6% Chinese

1.6% Filipinos, and                                                  4.8% Others

0.4% Malays                                                        3.3% Muruts

This project IC was done under the blessing of UMNO so that the political party of their choice will rule Sabah. UMNO wanted to neutralize and split Kadazanduzun and Chinese votes in Sabah so that they become politically weak, a game UMNO is good at.

Project IC involved certain political parties as well as various government agencies including the election Commission of Malaysia, the National Registration Department and the Immigration Department, which comes under the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs. After 6 months of investigation, GE13 would be over and everything will be back to as before. Therefore the PM should disclose the findings of earlier PSC headed by him before initialing a new PCI with Terms of Reference that will investigate who are the culprits responsible for the fiasco.