God knows whether Mahathir can scalp backdoor PM Muhyiddin

God knows whether Mahathir can scalp backdoor Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin before GE15.

Umno will get back PM’s post if Indians, Chinese, return to BN, human rights advocate P. Uthaya Kumar can help prevent it.

15 seats is enough in a hung Parliament to get the PM’s post.


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AirAsiaX is in trouble because MY doesn’t know how to count if the figures go beyond his fingers and toes.



God alone knows!

Now, we are told that Mahathir wants to go after yet another Prime Minister’s scalp.

It’s now known, in hindsight, that Mahathir was in cahoots with Muhyiddin Yassin who defected to the Opposition with Bersatu and some 11 PKR lawmakers to claim the PM’s post.

It’s the understatement of the century to say that Deputy PKR President Azmin Ali, who led the 11 rebels, stabbed Anwar in the back allegedly in cahoots with Mahathir.

In retrospect, it’s an open secret that Mahathir was in cahoots with Deputy Prime Minister Razak in 1969 to bring down the Tunku Abdul Rahman administration.

In 1981, he eased out Prime Minister Hussein Onn, Razak’s brother in law, and took over as Prime Minister.

Mahathir somehow forced Abdullah Badawi, his predecessor, to step down in 2009. It seems Muhyiddin and Najib played key roles in Badawi’s ouster. Badawi was blamed for the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) losing its two-thirds majority in Parliament at the GE12 outing in 2008. In 2004, during GE11, Badawi secured the largest landslide in Malaysia’s political history.

Najib, Razak’s son, who took over to complete Badawi’s term, obtained an even narrower mandate in 2013, and was ousted in GE14 by Mahathir.

Mahathir gained international notoriety for dragging Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim to court for what was dubbed as Sodomy 1. The rest is history.

Anwar, sacked from Umno, launched Pakatan Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) to STOP Mahathir i.e. PKR a determination to stop “I did it My Way” Mahathir getting away with anything and everything.

Ironically, Mahathir defected to the Opposition before GE14 and despite winning only 13 parliamentary seats under Bersatu, became Prime Minister with support led by DAP which belaboured under the delusion that “a leopard can change its spots”.

Kelantan aristocrat Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah even warned the media before GE14 by asking them, “have you ever seen a leopard change its spots?”

Sxit happens!

Away from that little digression, Prime Minister Najib tried to outdo Mahathir with Sodomy II against Anwar after Jeffrey Kitingan’s aborted People’s Revolution on 16 Sept 2009. The rest is even more history.

It’s unlikely that Umno will ever get back the Prime Minister’s post that it long held, from 1957 to 2018, since it’s now in a situation where it has to share seats with non-BN parties in Malaya and Sabah.

Since 2018, Umno has been forced to accomodate PAS and Bersatu under Muafakat Nasional (MN), another BN-like arrangement but confined to racist Malay parties.

MN is the core of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) arrangement which allowed Umno to return to the Federal gov’t in Putrajaya via the oft-reviled backdoor route which robbed Pakatan Harapan (PH) of its hardwon victory in GE14 which gave it the Federal gov’t for nearly two years.

Umno’s formula, since inception until it lost GE14 in 2018, was to contest half the seats in Malaya and Sabah, and leave the rest to its BN allies which at one time numbered 12 parties. The arrangement gave it, as the largest party, the PM’s post.

Umno had double assurance in the ISA which was used to disrupt and destroy Malay Opposition attempts to get together and take on the ruling coalition one to one.

BN had a comfortable ride in power, cruising to crushing victories in every General Election until GE14. It was Najib who in 2011 did away the Emergency Ordinances which underwrote the ISA. The ISA had suspended certain clauses on civil liberties in the Constitution.

The end for BN was not long in coming especially in the wake of mega global financial scandals. The 1MDB Scandal gained international notoriety for the US$6.5b or RM26b plundered from the public treasury under various guises during Najib’s watch. He has been dragged to court under various reated charges. The story is still being written.

Let’s not bore ourselves with too much compilation of known facts. Everyone knows what has happened.

Let’s connect the dots.

Umno’s best chance to regain the PM’s post is if it does not have to share seats with any party except the BN coalition that Abdul Razak created in the wake of the 13 May 1969 “civilian coup” against Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Rest assured, May 13 was not Sino-Malay race riots in the wake of the 10 May 1969 General Election where the ruling Alliance fared badly, losing Penang to the Opposition, and half the seats in Selangor and Perak. The declassified documents on May 13 have been released by the UK gov’t to lay racist Malay propaganda to rest.

Elections in Sabah and Sarawak were suspended in May 1969 and their oil and gas resources seized under the pretext of the Emergency Ordinances declared for May 13.

Indian and Chinese voters in Malaya, since an Indian Uprising in the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Sun 25 Nov 2007, no longer support the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) and the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), the two race-based key parties in BN. It was Indian and Chinese support, besides the taken for granted and expected rural Malay support, which gave Umno the PM’s post until 2018.

Lawyer P. Uthaya Kumar, who masterminded the 300K-strong Indian Uprising, was incarcerated without trial for over 500 days under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA). He will go down in history as a great human rights advocate.

Umno, under Mahathir from 1981 to 2003, lost non-Malay goodwill when it rode roughshod over all including the Malay grassroots. Mahathir, sensing the writing on the wall, broke into tears publicly and stepped down. He conceded a double tragedy in a Utusan Malaysia interview after stepping down viz. failing the Malays masses and alienating even the elite non-Malays.

Read further here . . .


Mahathir was in cahoots with him to set up an all Malay gov’t in Putrajaya.

Author: fernzthegreat

Joe Fernandez holds a honours degree in management, majoring in economics, and has opted from academia in law to being a jurist. He was trained professionally on the job as a journalist. He's a longtime Borneo watcher, keen on the history and legal aspects of Malaya's presence in Sabah and Sarawak. He teaches the English language privately and has emerged as a subject matter expert in public examination techniques.

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