Muhyiddin made his party angry by going on a RM2 million holiday when he should have been home to sort out the mess his party is in. But he did not care. He knows that Mahathir’s plan does not include him so why should he bother? He might as well enjoy his retirement and let the party be damned. After all it is Mukhriz who is going to be PM if Pakatan wins the next general election.
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin
The look that says, “Screw you, Mahathir!” while he enjoys his RM2 million holiday and allows the party to be damned
You would imagine that a person in Muhyiddin Yassin’s position would be very careful about posting pictures of his RM2 million holiday on the internet. And his own party is up in arms about the matter. PPBM or Pribumi is going through turmoil even before it can celebrate its first anniversary and Muhyiddin is M.I.A. in Europe when he should be home sorting out the mess that his party and the opposition in general are in. The way things are going the opposition is going to lose much of the ground it won in 2008 and 2013 and it is all because they are shooting themselves in their own feet.
According to Singapore’s intelligence report, the opposition coalition might not even be able to win 70 parliament seats in the next general election if it does not pull its socks up. And the opposition needs to win at least 75 seats to deny Barisan Nasional its two-thirds majority in Parliament. If not then Barisan Nasional will win back its two-thirds majority that it lost back in 2008. And the Singapore intelligence report says this might happen going by the current mess in the opposition.
The truth is Muhyiddin no longer cares. He knows that Mahathir made a deal with Lim Kit Siang and that deal does not include him. So why should he bother? Muhyiddin knows that Pribumi is not going to do well in the next general election and even if it does he is not going to benefit from it. Mahathir’s future plan for Pribumi does not include his future as well. That is why Muhyiddin no longer cares and decided to just go on holiday and let the party be damned.
There is only one man who can be blamed for all this. And that man in Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The biggest mistake Mahathir made was to appoint Muhyiddin as Pribumi’s President. Back in 1990 Mahathir already said that Muhyiddin was his richest minister. At that time Muhyiddin was the Menteri Besar of Johor while Tun Daim Zainuddin was the Finance Minister. Most people thought that Daim was the richest Minister but Mahathir corrected them and said that the richest Minister was Muhyiddin and not Daim.
1990 was the year that Muhyiddin contested an Umno Vice President’s post but won number five — meaning he lost since only the first three would get in. And those three who got in were Anwar Ibrahim, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Sanusi Junid.
Sanusi accused Muhyiddin of spending RM200 million to win the top slot in the 1993 Umno Vice Presidency race
In 1993 Muhyiddin came back for a return match and this time he won first place with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in second place and Muhammad Mohd Taib in third place. In this second race Abdullah Badawi dropped to number four and Sanusi to number five. Sanusi then accused Muhyiddin of spending RM200 million to win the number one slot while Anwar was accused of spending RM200 million in Sabah alone (RM500 million in total) to oust Tun Gafar Baba as the Deputy President of Umno. All the four winners (Deputy President Anwar and the three Vice Presidents) were dubbed ‘Team Wawasan’.
So, considering what Mahathir said back in 1990 about Muhyiddin and the corruption allegation that Sanusi made in 1993, appointing him as the President of Pribumi can be considered a most silly move. But that is what Mahathir did. And Mahathir now realises it was a mistake. However, he thought at that time that Muhyiddin could be his ‘Goh Chok Tong’ who will not be an obstacle to his son, Mukhriz, from taking over once they win the general election.
The miscalculation that Mahathir made is you need to win the general election first before planning who is going to be Prime Minister and who is going to take over after that. You need to go out and buy your chickens first and not count your chickens before the eggs can hatch when you do not even have chickens to lay the eggs yet. Mahathir, though, was so sure that Najib is going to fall and that it was merely a matter of time for Mukhriz to take over as Prime Minister. Mahathir failed to listen to what I said in early 2015: which is Najib is going to remain Prime Minister until the next general election and beyond.
Anyway, after condemning Muhyiddin, Mahathir appoints him as Pribumi’s President. And yet they accuse Najib of this and that. If Najib is so bad that he needs to be replaced why are you trying to replace him with someone who since 1990 has been tainted by so many scandals and which you yourself have raised 27 years ago? And Muhyiddin’s sex scandal with Nika Gee is not a recent occurrence. This has been going on for a long time since Muhyiddin was the Menteri Besar of Johor. Are you saying that Muhyiddin and Sanusi were not aware of this when a million other people knew of it?
Former DPP Stanley Clement Augustin has divorced his wife, Nika Gee Siew Yee, due to her affair with Muhyiddin
Yes, you want to replace Najib because, according to you, he is corrupt. We only have your word for it, though, and nothing has been proven thus far, other than the fabricated documents you leaked to the media and bloggers. But the man you want to replace Najib with is, according to you, corrupt. And it has been proven by a statutory declaration that he is having an affair with a married woman although she is now divorced and it has been rumoured has since married Muhyiddin.
Muhyiddin’s appointment as Pribumi’s President demonstrates hypocrisy of the highest order. You condemn this fellow and call him corrupt and then you make him your party leader. The truth is Mahathir never intended for Muhyiddin to lead the country. He just appointed Muhyiddin because it is much easier to later remove him for Mukhriz to take over compared to another candidate.
Muhyiddin now knows that and on 3rd December 2016 this was proven. And that is why Muhyiddin no longer cares and went on his holiday when he should have been home to sort out his party’s problems. Those holiday pictures that were published was not a mistake. They were done intentionally. This was Muhyiddin’s way of saying, “Screw you, Mahathir!”