The Economist, an influential international business magazine in its latest report ‘Gathering steam‘ said, “Problems at a state investment fund are bad news for Malaysia’s prime minister” referring to 1MDB.
The London-based magazine also said:
“Mr Najib is probably more worried about criticism from within his own party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). The fund has long attracted sniping from factions loyal to Mahathir Mohamad, a meddling former prime minister who is itching for Mr Najib to step down.”
The Ides of March
The Umno warlords will meet in another two days.
They’re anticipated to pledge their loyalty to The Chief.
But surely even the most eternal optimist cannot really expect things to proceed “business as usual”.
Recommended read: ‘Important agenda for Umno divisions meeting this Sunday‘
The Immortal … 100 years old and counting
Dr Mahathir had earlier in January this year given an exclusive interview to the Sarawak Report where he said that the 1MDB explanation is not something he could accept.
Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown is quoted today as saying that Tun “remains very in touch” with the 1MDB developments and still has “many ears on the ground” (see Malaysiakini).
In his blog Chedet more than half a year ago (Aug 2014), Dr M announced the withdrawal of his support from Najib selepas dok ‘menegur‘.
Thereafter Tun has underlined very openly a couple of times that the Umno president cum BN chairman no longer commands his allegiance. As recently as last month, Dr M commented that if he were presently the prime minister, he’d resign.
Odikal – buat apa hok bela lintah-lintah darat tu?
Someone in Umno has to undertake a Herculean labour and clean out the Augean stables – konsetan, punahsihat, TalentCorpse, Pemandu, “Moderates” and the rest of Najib’s gremlins keliling pinggang must be made to vacate the PMO if BN harbours any hope of retaining Putrajaya come GE14.
Rakyat marhaen yang ikat perut sudah begitu rimas dan muak dengan gelagat sang pemerintah yang masih berada di awang-awangan sambil melayan otak mereka yang di kepala lutut itu.