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And let the fun begin

I like the following description of the Tun:

“Faced with disaster [during the Asian Financial Crisis], Mahathir relied on the clarity and flexibility of true desperation. He had no orthodoxy to defend, only interests to protect. He had no theories to prove, only a project to preserve.” — Khoo Boo Teik in Beyond Mahathir: Malaysian Politics and Its Discontents

Dr Khoo is also the author of an earlier book, the highly acclaimed Paradoxes of Mahathirism: An Intellectual Biography.

Soon to be flattened by rolling snowball?

It’s no secret that Big Dog is the blogger most closely aligned to Mukhriz.

On Tuesday, Big Dog blogged:

“Prime Minister Najib had his chances. He was adamant of his policies in Petronas. Now, he must be ready to face the repercussion of Tun Dr. Mahathir giving up the pleasure and dedication of no longer being the Adviser to Federal Government’s single largest contributor of income.

“Probably Tun Dr. Mahathir would not be so diplomatic from now on, when he speaks his mind on policies and decisions made by Prime Minister Najib’s leadership. […]

“In June 2006 when Tun Dr. Mahathir decided to speak up against PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s poor and weak leadership … it was like a snow ball which turned into an avalanche. Less than two years later, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s mandate was reduced from BN’s all time high to all time low, within half a Parliamentary term.”

I would read Big Dog’s blog post as signalling that the ‘ Tun Dol treatment ‘ is about to be dished out to the 6th sitting duck prime minister.

Or to be more graphically illustrative viz. ‘Beware the Wrath of M’, see cartoon below (replace the Uncle Sam figure with you-know-who).


Pummeled and Rommel-ed

Najib is incapable of doing anything right in the eyes of the opposition and their supporters. He’s not seen as doing many things right either in the eyes of some powerful segments in Umno who fear that Najib may cost them Putrajaya in the next term (its occupancy is the end game).

Thus the Umno prez is caught in a pincer movement.

It will soon be realised that it was a costly mistake for Najib to have promoted the gila glamer Khairy. And some more to snub Mukhriz.


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18 thoughts on “And let the fun begin

  1. Ms H. Those who cannot see that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is a great Statesman of Asia and the World like Mao Tse Tung, Soekarno, Nehru, Jinnah, Deng Hsiao Peng, Ho Chi Minh must be deaf, dumb and blind. All Nationalists without any thought for money money money !

    1. Fazilah,

      Tun Dr Mahathir put it right as he is sincere. He could not be bothered with what “mat salleh” said about him or Malaysia. To them, a country ruled by a brown Muslim is already a sin.

  2. I wonder which one is worse; a sleeping PM or a living-in-a-la-la-land PM?

    The former will get his ass kicked by the no-nonsense ex-PM soon, as you predicted, Helen.

  3. Helen,

    Najib is playing the waiting game.

    As Dr M gets older and weaker, Najib becomes more brazen. Not appointing Mukhriz into the UMNO supreme council is just a starter. Its like the injured lion can no longer afford protection for his family.

    1. True, age is not on Dr M’s side. But then again, this is a factor that will equally make the Tun more brazen. He’s got no time to waste to do what needs to be done. This imperative will compel him to act swiftly and surely.

  4. Malang sungguh bagi Tun yang telah berusaha meletakkan pengganti yang terbaik pada sangkaannya tetapi gagal melaksanakan tugas mengikut apa yang telah diaturkannya. Berjaya menyingkirkan penggantinya dari tampuk kekuasaan tetapi mendapat pengganti yang degil dan tidak mahu menyebelahinya pula…!

    …. semua orang boleh membaca dan mencongak apa yang terdapat dalam benak fikiran Tun dari dulu, sekarang dan selamanya….!

    Kesiann…, mengharap sinar menelan kabus…!

      1. Semasa berkuasa bolehlah berekperimen, jika gagal boleh mencuba cara dan teknik lain pula tetapi kini hanya mengharapkan lidah dan gusi saja….!

        Digalakkan mencuba agar impian menjadi kenyataan tetapi jika proxy telah dipinggirkan apakan daya ibarat melukut di tepi gantang…!

        Tun sekarang seolah-olah sedang terhimpit dan sukar untuk bernafas. Cuba kita membuat tekaan apa yang beliau bimbang dan takutkan sangat dengan pentadbiram negara sekarang ini…!

        Apa yang kerap terhambur dari mulutnya memberi gambaran seolah-olah segala beban pentadbiran dan pengurusan negara berada di atas pundaknya. Sepatutnya PM Najib lah yang bersusah hati tetapi dia buat dek jerrr….!

        Tun sudah tidak berupaya menolak buat catur lagi….!

  5. Here we go again. Month’s ago, it was prophesied that Mahathir’s faction will win big in the UMNO elections. Khairy Jamaluddin and his men will be cast aside. Najib will be kept in check by a pro-Mahathir team, and be eventually replaced by a person which Mahathir can directly control.

    What happened? Instead, we have Khairy Jamaluddin successfully keeping his post as UMNO Youth leader, and Mukhriz losing in the electorial race for Vice President. Najib strengthens his position within the party. Meanwhile Tun Abdullah, quietly and silently working behind the scenes, got his men into the leadership.

    It appears the rolling snowball is in a hot 31-degree sunny day. :-)

    1. :)

      Mahathir has got nothing to lose. He’s 88. Najib on the other hand has everything to lose.

      Mukhriz, prior to 2013, has never held any Umno supreme council post (compared to KJ who by virtue of his Youth Chief position since 2009 is an Umno VP). Mukhriz went into the party election with nothing to defend. KJ on the other hand was the Youth Chief incumbent as well as a Cabinet Minister holding the Youth Ministry portfolio.

      The odds were heavily in favour of Najib & KJ and stacked against Mahathir & Son.

      I don’t disagree with you that Najib has strengthened his position in Umno. Nonetheless his position as PM is not as strong b’cos Pakatan have got a lot of things with which to attack him (GST, TNB tariffs, RM7.2b con-sultancy, etc).

      Can and will M launch the snowball as he did to Tun Dol? I believe there is a high chance ,)

      Why not sit back, relax and enjoy the show since you hate Umno anyway, whichever faction.

      1. “Mahathir has got nothing to lose. He’s 88. Najib on the other hand has everything to lose.”

        Absolutely spot on.

        Here’s something for us to ponder on this Friday morning :)

        (Helen, I was meant to email this to you instead of commenting here. Images won’t be loaded in the commentary box, right?)

        Bush Says New Orleans Flyover After Katrina a `Huge Mistake’

        By Kate Andersen Brower & Catherine Dodge – 2010-11-05T21:09:04Z

        Former President George W. Bush said he made a “huge mistake” in not stopping in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and in allowing photographers to take pictures of him looking at New Orleans as he flew over the city.

        The image, taken on board Air Force One, made him look “detached and uncaring,” Bush said in an interview scheduled for broadcast on NBC next week in connection with the Nov. 9 release of the former president’s book, “Decision Points,” about his time in office.

        Bush’s handling of the Katrina disaster was widely regarded as one of the low points of his political career, which was projected by a downward slide of his approval ratings in the following months.

        That said, at least he owned up..

        “It’s always my fault. I mean, I was the one who should have said: ‘A) Don’t take my picture, B) Let’s land in Baton Rouge, La., C) Let’s don’t even come close to the area.’ The next place to be seen is in Washington at a command center. I mean it was my fault,” Bush said.

        Meanwhile in Malaysia..

        An uncanny resemblance..?

        Renungan hari Jumaat :D

        Have a great day ahead, Helen!

  6. TDM only has another 12 years to go before reaching the hobbit’s average life expectancy. I hope he can blog about his secret of having so much energy in keeping up with all these political stuffs at such an age. Could it be his diet? About the handling of the 1997 financial crisis, one guy told me TDM has the balls of steel (of course he’s also good in picking the right advisers).

    1. re: “the handling of the 1997 financial crisis”

      Makes a good read. Established authors and economists have written about it. But Dr M himself also wrote a slim volume titled ‘The Malaysian Currency Crisis How and Why It Happened’ in his own words. Published by Pelanduk.

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