Dr Mahathir replying to a reporter’s question on Anwar’s power grab:
“Tentulah saya takut kerana orang akan rasa tak selamat bila dia ada di sekitar.
“Tengok apa jadi kepada kakitangan beliau.”
Hahaha, Dr M’s acerbic wit is hilarious.
Anwar is Dr M’s burden to bear
The worst thing that could have happened to Umno was Anwar Ibrahim.
I believe Dr M’s tenacity in remaining politically relevant at his age (he’s going on 90!) is due to his feeling of deep contrition. He wishes to make amends to his beloved country because Anwar is his mistake (misjudgment in promoting the chameleon) foisted on us.
Dr M was the one responsible for providing the ladder that enabled Anwar’s political ascendency. It thus becomes Dr M’s responsibility to check Anwar’s advance into Putrajaya.
If you’re anyone with some knowledge of Umno politics and its recent history, you will be aware of the extent and kind of irrevocable damage that Anwar inflicted on the party.
And if you’re anyone who cares about Umno’s survival and its future, you will realise the extent and kind of damage that Anwar 2.0 aka Khairy Jamaluddin is capable of inflicting on the party.
If Anwar was the worst thing that could have happened to Umno, then the worst thing that is happening to the party now is Anwar 2.0 aka Khairy.
In 2004 when his father-in-law was at the pinnacle of power – Umno won 109 seats in GE11 – KJ was anointed Umno Youth deputy chief without any contest. Dr Mahathir had been critical of the red carpet rolled out in welcome for THE Son-in-Law.
BELOW: Cries of “KJ rasuah, KJ rasuah” after the 2009 Umno Youth elections
What will KJ do to Umno?
Malaysia’s 5th premier had allowed his SiL the run of the PMO. If you know any senior civil servants, please do ask them about the havoc that the young upstart had wreaked on the government.
In fact, the FiL-and-SiL wreaking ball was so disastrous that Malaysia’s 4th premier was prompted to resign his Umno membership as a signal of his displeasure and disapproval.
“There is no love lost between Dr Mahathir and Khairy,” opines Joceline Tan (The J-Star, 5 Feb 2010).
Joceline quotes sources as saying that Dr M’s campaign against Khairy is due to the party stalwart’s concern about the survival of Umno with KJ on board.
KJ unfit to be minister and left out of 2008 cabinet
Dr Mahathir is correct in his negative appraisal of KJ. Being as usual ahead of the curve, Dr M is light years in front when it comes to political acumen.
He had foreseen the Obama Effect favouring the DAP-led opposition through the clustering of ethnic minority votes, and in his Gelang Patah ultimatum, the Tun predicted the demise of the BN kongsi spirit should the Chinese totally abandon the ruling coalition.
KJ was a big disaster to Umno. Sleepy Dollah’s unpopularity was one of the main factors for the BN washout, and one of the main reasons for Tun Dol’s unpopularity was his biadab Son-in-Law.
Under Abdullah Badawi’s watch, Umno had suffered a loss of 30 seats within one election cycle (2004-2008). In the 12th general election, Umno only managed to obtain 79 seats even though the expanded 2008 Parliament offered up more seats for grabs than the 2004 Parliament.
BELOW: Siti Nurhaliza pun tak tahan dengan kebiadaban KJ
Musuh dalam selimut, musang berbulu ayam
Anwar the ori version is beginning to dabble in church politics, something which discomfits the Malays (meaning Umno grassroots).
The activities of Anwar 2.0 is equally a discomfort. KJ is really a Dapster. You can tell this from the Malaysiakini and J-Star coverage given him. The rule of thumb is that the more the Christian media loves a fella (e.g. The Malaysian Insider‘s love affair with Mujahid Yusof), the more that fella is bad for the Malay cause and struggle.
No doubt KJ is popular but his popularity is of the evangelista-Dapster kind. His personal popularity will not herd the votes in the BN’s direction.
Khairy’s track record shows up the Dapster double standards. Evangelistas preach anti-corruption but their Firster faction exalt the Youth Minister because, like Saifuddin Abdullah, Khairy is an Anak Bangsa Malaysia.
These oppo supporters don’t care that KJ was found guilty of “money politics” by Umno’s own disciplinary board just as they don’t care that Anwar is a recycled product. To them, Anwar sudah di’Bersih’kan since he is no longer in Umno.
Again, the basic law of Malaysian New Politics is that the louder the opposition cheers for a politician (usually of the Firster kind), the more the said politician is bad news for Umno.
BELOW: KJ’s favourite veginatable is “sooooo excited” about “something pretty awesome projects” rolling her way.
Najib is Santa Claus who bestowed billions in budget on the Khairy ‘ministry’ (pun intended).