The distinguished looking gentleman below is Dato’ Abdullah Jaafar. He was the police commissioner of Muar in 1903 and became Menteri Besar of Johor in 1923.
The first Johor Menteri Besar was Dato’ Jaafar Muhammad who held office from 1886 to 1919. His son Dato’ Onn Jaafar was the state’s seventh Menteri Besar (1947 – 1950). As you can see below, they are distinguished looking gentlemen too.
Our country’s third Prime Minister is Tun Hussein Onn (below), who is the son of Onn Jaafar and the grandson of Jaafar Muhammad.
Then we have the fourth generation in politics — Hishamuddin Hussein who is the son of the third PM, grandson of the seventh Johor MB and great-grandson of the first Johor MB.
It’s certainly very difficult to reconcile Hisham (picture below) with his impeccable political pedigree.
And the moral of this story: Politics is the Art of the Possible, and in politics nothing is impossible.
(1) MCA reconciled with DAP
We’re looking at Chinese unity now with almost all the Chinese voters under one pennant; which is quite unlike the Indian votes running helter-skelter to MIC, Hindraf, DAP, PKR, PSM, IPF, PPP and other mosquito parties. Under this Chinese unity banner, MCA has surrendered control of its J-Star paper to the opposition cum Christian ideological slant.
(2) PAS reconciling with Umno?
Ever since Perak in March 2008 where Umno tried to cut a deal with PAS post-GE12, unity talks between the two Malay-based parties have been held intermittently.
Former Umno vice president Muhammad Muhammad Taib is a recent emigre to PAS and an example of cross-pollination. PAS exco Kamaruddin Jaafar is a former Umno man who is seen as close to Anwar.
Nik Aziz Nik Mat has been the main stumbling block to a PAS-Umno reconciliation. However the elderly leader is seen as withdrawing from the political scene after relinquishing his Kelantan Menteri Besar post as well as his party Mursyidul Am post.
(3) Umno reconciling with PKR?
This one is currently doing the rounds. The Granddaddy of All Conspirators, Raja Petra Kamarudin has this story:
“Anwar is not really interested in the job of Menteri Besar of Selangor. He just wants that job to facilitate a deal with Umno and ‘give’ Selangor back to Barisan Nasional through a ‘unity government’ in return for the post of Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.” (See ‘A realignment of alliances‘ in Raja Petra’s Malaysia Today column on 28 Feb 2014).
Raja Petra derived the scenario above from Kadir Jasin’s ‘The KKA Version of Conspiracy Theory‘ (The Malaysian Insider, 28 Feb 2014).
In all of this, we must also wonder where Khairy Jamaluddin’s loyalty lies. He is after all widely seen as Anwar 2.0.
Chinese unity has done its utmost damage and gone as far as it can go in the 2013 tsunami. So the next question is where will Malay unity go? The Dapsters and the evangelistas should think on it unless their idea of Plan B is doing a Regina Lee.
Isn’t it amazing that Regina (above) has never been criticized by the oppo cybertroopers even though she is – unprecedentedly – a Dapster working in an Umno office. Under normal circumstances, the Red Beaners would have been slapping the most demeaning labels on her for being directly under Umno employ.
Regina is one of the cases where the silence of the Bintang Lima Chinese, who are usually ballistic over “race traitors”, is suspicious and most telling. There is something in her infiltration that the DAP people know and the Umno people don’t because Umno is after all the PPTA.