Perception that Tun no longer cares if his attacks bring down Umno
“The perception in Umno is that Dr Mahathir no longer cares whether his attacks on Najib will also bring down their party or Barisan,” wrote Joceline Tan in her column today.
Joceline observed,”The irony is that surviving Dr Mahathir has also strengthened Najib’s hand in Umno”.
She quoted a former Putrajaya official as saying, “When politicians survive this kind of crisis, they come out stronger than before because they would have defeated or eliminated their key opponents and enemies”.
I’d blogged around mid-last year something to the same effect, i.e. if the attacks don’t kill Najib, he’d surely emerge stronger.
“Those who were predicting Najib’s demise last year did not realise he is such an experienced party man. He understands the Umno psyche. At the end of the day, as long as the party is with him, he will be there,” a long-time friend of Najib from his days as Umno Youth chief told Joceline.
Joceline summed up the situation as follows — “Najib’s political longevity is also thanks to the political network he established during his years in the Youth wing. He continued to cultivate them even after he moved up the party”.
That was my reading too, since last year, of the Tun vs Najib political scenario.
I characterized the face-off as Tun being the most influential man (in his personal capacity) while Najib is the most powerful man (by virtue of the positions he holds — Umno president, PM).
Joceline and Helen must be ‘great minds’ who think alike … Well, we’re both certainly not the fools-who-don’t-differ as Hannah Yeoh has painted us to be.
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What Joceline described is Umno’s patronage system.
Najib’s “network of friends and allies forms an important part of his support base,” Joceline added.
Yup. Joceline’s summation of the state of affairs is again accurate. She has a good grasp of the mechanics in Umno and she speaks to/interviews party insiders who know what’s what. In other words, realpolitik.
The problem with keyboard warriors, especially those from the Chinese opposition, is that they live in their own imagined ‘(un)reality’ and wishful thinking. Plus they’re rather gullible. Having said that, so are the Protuns.
Both Dapsters and Protuns are blinded by hatred. It clouds the ability to make a clear judgment.
I believe that it is the five percent of Chinese pro-establishment voters who hold the most realistic view of politics in Malaysia. We must be, in order to buck the tsunami of the ballistic 95 percent who are continually going ape shit.
In any case, from quite early last year, I could sort of guess, i.e. make an educated and correct forecast, that Najib would be able to survive Tun’s onslaught.
Joceline in her article today reckoned that “Najib’s annus horribilis is over”.
Zero sum game: If you’re with Tun, then you’re against BN
It’s worth repeating what Joceline wrote about the perception in Umno, i.e. “that Dr Mahathir no longer cares whether his attacks on Najib will also bring down their party or Barisan”.
To reiterate what I’ve been saying for more than the last half a year, GE14 is going to be a battle between Umno and DAP.
Whether you like it or not, it is Najib who is going to be leading BN into battlefield 2018 — the likely election year.
Tun is behaving like the de facto opposition leader. By supporting him, the Protuns are inadvertently strengthening DAP and Harapan, similar to how Tun turning up for Bersih 4.0 inadvertently strengthened the rally.
Tun is the enemy of their enemy (Najib/BN) and thus he is the opposition’s new BFF. For one, his old nemesis Lim Kit Siang has been tripping over himself to fawn over “the handsome old man”.
If you don’t want DAP to triumph, you gotta pick a side
What is your ultimate objective? For me it’s simple enough. I do not wish to see DAP taking federal power.
The self-destructive actions of the Protuns are indirectly helping the Dapster-evangelistas in their march to Putrajaya.
From now until GE14, it is the proJibs-Umno who are going to be battling the political opponent — DAP-Harapan.
The aims and ambitions of the Protuns, on the other hand, are aligned with the ambitions and aims of the DAP although this is not and never the intent of the Mahathir supporters.
If you’re not with us, you’re not necessarily against us so long as you balance yourself on the fence.
But from what I see (my own up close and personal), the Protuns are willing to bersekongkol dengan Cina ultra as well as allow their platforms to be used by the Dapsters.
Politics is never constant. Nowadays the DAP hates PAS more than it hates Umno whereas PAS is softening towards Umno and beginning to consider DAP as the bigger syaitan.
Some Protuns act like the Najib faction is their bitterer opponent compared with even the Dear Leaders of the DAP. They constantly attack the Umno president and his party while giving the evangelistas and oppo a free pass.
Thus the Umno hawks are right to press their boss to take no prisoners and ask their own followers to recalibrate who is a friend and who is a foe.