Mahathir-Anwar alliance causing panic in Umno, says Dr Dzul
Prime Minister Najib Razak is also in two minds over the GE14 date due to two different schools of thought in Umno, says Amanah strategic director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
PETALING JAYA: Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad says Umno ministers are attacking Pakatan Harapan, following the announcement of the opposition coalition’s new leadership council, because they no longer see Prime Minister Najib Razak as a viable leader for the ruling party.
Referring to the “state of panic” in Umno and the reaction from a number of senior ministers, the Amanah strategic director said the attacks were “deplorable”, and lacked any coordination.
“The strengthening of the formidable legendary duo of Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim, was simply mind-blowing to them.
“Umno’s strategists and spin doctors, bloggers included, were caught flat-footed, hence their statements were not on the same page. Much worse were the efforts of so-called academics in their ivory towers,” Dzulkefly said.
He added that with the latest suit by the United States Department of Justice to seize assets purchased with money linked to state-owned investment fund 1MDB, and the criminal convictions of many confidantes of Low Taek Jho (Jho Low) and their confessions in Singapore courts, “Najib has truly become a lame duck leader of Umno and the BN”.
Dzulkefly said the absence of comments from the “brighter ministers” from Umno, namely Khairy Jamaluddin, Johari Ghani, and Nor Jazlan, in the wake of the DoJ announcement last month, suggests that even they know that it is no longer worthwhile to defend the indefensible.
“Worse still, Umno is facing an actual crack from within. Simply put, after two sessions of putting aside party polls, the rumblings and undercurrents are gaining momentum. Cracks in Umno’s top leadership are an open secret.”
According to Dzulkefly, the word from inside Umno is that there are two thoughts on when to hold the next general election.
“Divisional chiefs that continue to enjoy financial perks from the ‘politics of patronage’ are wanting to delay the dissolution of Parliament to the fullest extent possible, by middle next year.
“However, other grassroots leaders who are suffering, like the ordinary rakyat, are clamouring for a quick kill. Hence, little wonder Najib is in two minds,” Dzulkefly said, adding that Najib is “notoriously known to be risk averse”.
The Amanah leader said the failure to attract PAS grassroots support, despite all the attempts at wooing the Islamist party’s leadership, just further aggravates Najib’s predicament.
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1. One couldn’t help seeing Umno’s top leadership in a state of panic ever since the announcement of Pakatan Harapan (PH) top echelon last Friday. Granted that the PH’s a-month-over of ‘political hiatus’ ended amicably in the strengthening of the formidable legendary duo of TunM-DSAI, was simply mind-blowing to them.
2. Umno’s strategists and spin doctors, bloggers included, were caught flat-footed. They were surely not the same page and their attacks were least coordinated, conflicting and going in all directions. I do not need to paraphrase any, as it is not worth a mention at all. Deplorable is an understatement.
3. Even the usually prolific Star’s columnist that has been religiously defending the Prime Minister, was frantically trying to take the wind of the PH’s sails, but to of no avail. Much worse were the effort of of so-called academics in the ivory tower. They were visibly aloof. It is the case of the more, the less. The more they attacked, the lesser the rakyat would want to believe Umno and BN.
4. But why is Umno and the BN so desperate and panicky, you may ask? Why the top 3 posts with the iconic lady of Dr Wan Azizah coupled with the 3 Deputy Presidents were sending shivers down their spines?
5. While you still have the Selangor’s MB Azmin Ali from the 4 Vice-Presidents to choose from, to helm the nation, you could still rely on a bigger pool namely Rafizi Ramli, Nurul Izzah, Tony Pua, Mujahid Yusuf, to cite but a few, from the second echelon leaders of the PH to join the rank of Federal Ministers. Talk of failures of PH to prepare succession plan is arguably flawed and misdirected.
6. Again, why are they so panicky? The fact of the matter is that Najib is no longer seen as a viable captain to lead the charge for Umno-BN. Granted the plethora of recent expose of the third complaint of the Department of Justice and the criminal convictions on the many confidantes of Jho Low and their confessions in Singapore’s Courts, Najib has truly become a lame duck leader of sort for Umno and the BN!
7. Did you hear any defense attempted by the ‘brighther ministers’ of Umno, namely Khairy Jamaluddin, Johari Ghani or Nor Jazlan et al, ever since the third complaint of the DoJ? They knew that it is no longer worthwhile to defend the indefensible!
8. Worst, Umno us facing an actual crack from within. Simply put, after two sessions of putting aside party’s election, the rumbling is ever louder and undercurrent is gaining momentum. Cracks in Umno top leadership is an open secret. We will leave that for another time.
9. For the time being, divisional chiefs that continue to enjoy financial perks from the ‘Politics of Patronage’ are wanting to delay the dissolution of the Parliament and perhaps to the hilt, by middle next year. Other grass root leaders that are suffering, like any other ordinary rakyat, are clamoring for a quick kill. Hence little wonder Najib is in two minds. Doubtless, Najib is notorious to be a very risk-averse person.
10. Najib’s attempt at wooing Pas over to his side is no small feat but he is silently resisted at the grass root, much in the same way the President of Pas is confronted with while trying to work with Najib. Another implosion in Pas, from the ‘Anti-Umno Faction’ could not be ruled out if Hadi insists on going with Najib. The way foward is grim for both of them. The stakes are high.
11. This has surely aggravated Najib’s predicament and quandary. There is no immediate solution in sight. It is indeed extremely agonising to him!
Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad
Strategy Director, Parti Amanah Negara