The Umno sec-gen is now saying (see below) Zahid’s appointment as DPM 2022 was based on party hierarchy.
Ahmad Maslan said today that Zahid’s position in the Anwar unity gomen was not due to any (unnatural) political interests.
[And I have an undersea tunnel in Penang to sell you.]
He also said Zahid holding the job was “aimed at providing stability” to the UG. [So that they – Anwar, Zahid, Umno, DAP et al – can hopefully cling on to power until 2027.]
Party hierarchy, however, was previously disregarded in the Muhyiddin unity gomen — of which Umno was similarly a part of. There, Umno vice president Ismail Sabri held the post of senior minister to PM Muhyiddin.
At the same time, Umno’s president was sidelined from the PN-BN administration led by Muhyiddin due to Zahid belonging to the court cluster.
Now Umno Baru Terbaru is operating in other brand new ways, i.e. deviating from how the old Umno would have operated.
The present Umno president is himself too operating in pathbreaking ways. In order to provide “stability” to Anwar’s UG, Zahid will have to control his Umno supreme council colleagues, his party division chiefs as well as the rank-and-file to keep them all in line.
Zahid will have to do this – wield the whip on Umno Malays – in order to keep the UG afloat.
Zahid’s willingness to act as the Harapan-plus whip-master is ultimately to the benefit of “(No?) Anwar, (No?) DAP”.
BELOW: File pix of Zahid with a DAP apek; the new breed of DAP leaders has received an upgrade thanks to Umno
Zahid took his oath of office as DPM1 yesterday. His presence in the UG as its No.2 – being surrounded by Umno’s former critics from PKR, DAP and Amanah – is bad optics.
More than bad though, it’s sad.
Just very sad to see an Umno president, no less, suppressing the conscientious objectors in his own party for the sake of an Umno-backed government headed by Anwar and DAP.
The chief of the biggest Malay party doing this to his own people while the DAP’s consolidates its grip on Putrajaya can only happen in Malaysia Baru Terbaru.