Saturday, June 13, 2015

Muhyiddin is not an end-game


Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin came out first in the Vice President race of 1993.

That was the year the Wawasan team ousted the incumbents that include Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and Tan Sri Sanusi Junid. If memory serve us right, Tan Sri Wan Mokhtar pulled out of the race.

This was the year Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim won the Deputy President race in a blietzkrieg over the late Tun Ghaffar.

The late Tun had to back out after not getting sufficient nomination. Anwar was further strengthen by the undemocratic bonus votes.

Come 1998, Abdullah was waiting to return and one of the VP post had to make way.

Muhyiddin became the natural target for the Abdullah group to re-enter and the incumbents Dato Najib and Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib would want to survive the musical chair.

That created a cummulative effect that saw the #1 VP beaten out.

That year Dato Najib came out first, Pak Lah second and believe Mat Taib third. For one term, Muhyiddin had no position in the Supreme Council and it was 2003 that he managed a close come back and led Mat Taib out.

A week after Muhyiddin lost in 1998, one of Muhyiddin's boys from Johor Baru arranged a group of Johoreans to meet him in his effort to console him. So, we turned up one afternoon to provide a shoulder for him to cry on or wall to bounce his thoughts.

Muhyiddin had just returned to Kuala Lumpur after a 9 year term as Johor Menteri Besar from 1986 to 1995. He was at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

It must have been 1995 that we visited him at the Saujana, his official home for a discussion. To be honest, we had a proposal in mind. The idea proposed was acceptable but he broke it to us that he will be called back to Kuala Lumpur.

Forget about the proposal because one of the partner was too proud to meet Dato Gani Osman. He had been too close to Gani that the friendship turned sour. Anyway that partner was an asshole, pardon my french.

Muhyiddin was quite composed that afternoon we met him at the Ministry of Youth and Sports. He hardly talked much of the lost but was talking about the plans and intentions behind the many of Tun Dr Mahathir's great and big ideas.

There was one keyword he kept repeating that cannot be forgotten. He was lamenting about the need to maintain "kesetiakawanan" (comradeship) UMNO.

He acknowledged the competitiveness to attain positions in UMNO but comradeship should always be in their mind to provide the limit to their political campaign.

All the leaders are a member of a team that work together, grew up together, build friendship and even end up into family relations with each other.

Muhyiddin said then that too much shared between us that it is unthinkable to foresake all these for only party position.

Win or lose, there is still a need to regroup and work together after party election.

Muhyiddin gave an angle that explains the need for unity in the party. It was beyond a cliche being repeated over and over again that it had turned meaningless in the light of negativity surrounding UMNO. Comradeship is the important component for unity in UMNO.  

Fast forward 17 years later.

Recently we were in a conversation with an old friend from University days. We got to know each other at a student conference in New York in 1981. Though younger than Muhyiddin, the former hippie from Muar is his old close friend for like 30, 40 years.

We opened by making him comfortable. Knowing the Muhyiddin camp are guarded and cautious these days, we said we doubt Muhyiddin will take on Najib for the UMNO Presidency and subsequently be Prime Minister.

There were many reasons mentioned but the major one was his reluctance to take on Pak Lah for the Presidency in 2008. Muhyiddin insisted to respect the succession plan for Najib to move up first.

His mouth opened like floodgate as megabytes of data coming out of a 1-terrabyte external disc into a laptop. He said it is not as simple as that because it is more than that. For Muhyiddin to take on Najib, a lot has to be considered.

Muhyiddin is a fighter and he has never refrained from expressing his mind when the time warrants it. But differing is not sufficient ground to rock the boat [read The Patriot here].

While he has expressed himself and differ with his bosses, he has never fought his bosses.

When Johoreans were backing Tun Musa's camp in the epic battle between Tengku Razaleigh versus Tun Dr Mahathir, it was the swing by Tan Sri Muhyiddin and Dato Najib that gave the 44-votes victory. They turned up together at an event on the last night of campaiging and that sealed the victory.

Whenever Muhyiddin expressed himself, including backing Tun Dr Mahathir during the constitutional crisis, he did it with the bigger interest of alif ba ta and the party.

Remembered the late Sultan Johor being upset with his Menteri Besar that he called him the other Sultan. Maybe recent happening has links to the past. Sure, sure ... his majesty cares for his subject.

It was Muhyiddin, never any other charlatans that have been making claims, to raise to Pak Lah to look into the option of quiting his Presidency and Prime Ministership. He said it first and the rest were chorus boys afraid to make the first move.

To repeat, Muhyiddin never fought his boss.

In the midst of our student friend explaining of Muhyiddin's position on 1MDB, suddenly "kesetiakawanan" came out from his mouth. Didn't we hear it before?

Muhyiddin raised 1MDB not to create controversy and topple Najib. He does not need to do it. He never aspire to be Deputy Prime Minister in the first place. That we have heard him say.

At the back of his mind. being Prime Minister is never in the plan for this kampong boy from royal town of Muar.

If Najib managed to sort things out and an succession plan is accepted by UMNO and have the confidence of public, Muhyiddin will resign before anyone can say properly "super-cali-fragilistic-expialidocious".

Supposed Muhyiddin do have aspirations. One step up only makes one dream of moving another step further. He does not to do anything, including raising about 1MDB or tell two sister in private to get things moving. Thats bull.

All he has to do is stay quiet and let Tun Dr Mahathir do his bidding. So the attempt by some Tun M hangers on to promote the idea to welcome Muhyiddin back from his golf trip was stupidity of the believe-RM42-billion-lesap kind.

Our late sociologist sifu told us never to use the same trick again and again.

It does not matter that Haji Tusrin message of Muhyiddin itinary to his inner circle was leaked and viralled. It is common for him to do so and it was never a habit of Muhyiddin to send or welcome his bosses at airport or to have his people do so to him. [read back here].


One can sense these people is putting Muhyiddin on the pedestal to get him chopped.

Expectedly one ex-UMNO Division position holder cum blogger made popular by The Malaysian Insider created the rumour Muhyddin will be shuffled out of cabinet.

Nah ... it won't happen. Though we have a different version, one Malaysia Today theory looks more sensible. [read here]

The position Muhyiddin took with regard with 1MDB was discussed with Najib just like Dato Hishamuddin discussed with Najib before making statement at trying to be his own man.

He wanted Najib to take charge of the situation because it will be exploited by oppositions and faction within UMNO out to topple UMNO and BN.

Hishamuddin's recommendation for PWC to do the forensic and giving three conditions was strange. He was doing a playsafe on 1MDB but then suddenly trying to be another Nazir Razak. Dah kena bantai kaw kaw ...

There is something interesting on why Nazir Razak is repeating his attempt to be politician. 

As far as Dato Shafie Apdal, he was trying to get a "talian hayat". His days can be counted by the inches of Zahida Rafik's mini skirt. If what is heard is true, something drastic is on the horizon and he is feeling the heat so he tries to create a political conspiracy excuse.

Similar to another six million dollar man latching to someone with the hope to escape from his misdeed that had been under watch for years.

In the final say, there can only be one and only one reason for Muhyiddin's open statements on 1MDB. If he remains on a "kesetiakawanan" mode and PM knows it, then Muhyiddin is sincere in nudging PM to take charge. Muhyiddin is with PM and he is loyal to the party.

Thus far PM is on the offense and looks to be taking charge. Our student day friend loves it. Tun M people is whacking him back but give him time. So just wait and see.

In the meanwhile, Tun M is rewriting his excuses to whack at 1MDB. He is consolidating while on offensive retreat. (What is that?) He could be repeating himself because he realised his "adviser" was too presumptous and made many factual errors. He need to take cognizance of developments on 1MDB.

Najib's latest offensive means he has got his facts together. His problem is his team and as Outsyed described, hangers on are weak in communication and psywar.

TV3 is doing a pathetic propaganda war that is not effective and backfiring. Are they batting for Tun M?

One important fundamental of propaganda is that it is no propaganda when it is known to be a propaganda. It is crap to use faces like JMM, Zamil Kita, ex-PKR, ex-DAP et all.

Applies to bloggers and social media too. They would be more effective to argue issues thsn waste time trying to be newsbreaker to go up the ranking.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

TSM defeated Othman Saat the former MB of Johor in 1985 to become ketua bahagian UMNO Pagoh. And from there he made his way of becoming Menteri Besar Johor in 1986 replacing Abdul Ajib Ahmad. Setiakawan?

He will follow what the rakyat wants and need to save UMNO. Now the rakyat want change of leadership. Najib's imej as a leader is not better than 2013, its getting worst by the day. If there is no change in UMNO, people will not vote for UMNO.

That is all about it.

Anonymous said...

Osman saad was no more MB in 1982. He joined Semangat 46 in 1987. Guess where was

Thats why S46 ppl never think.highly of him. It lies in the history.

Lets not nitpick history for simplistic headline news argument to win twitter style debate.

amir zahini Sahrim said...

Forever young....i wanna be forever young

Anonymous said...

Najib was the PM since 2009. It is already 6 years by now.

If you have a kid, he will be in school by next year and you are a proud father to see your kid progress from day 1.

List me 3 thing that I should be proud of Najib. just 3 bro....

SiKenit said...

Lets get some facts right:

1. Muhyiddin came back as VP of UMNO in 2000. His absence from MT UMNO was four years (1996-2000). Coincidentally, so was Rafidah.

2. Muhyiddin defeated Osman as UMNO Pagoh Division Chief in 1984. He was already a rising star with UMNO Johor then and made a Deputy Minister.

3. A lot of Osman Saat's men (who were key personalities with UMNO Pagoh), jumped ship to be with Team B in 1987 and later Semangat 46. So was almost half of UMNO Johor.

4. That opportunity paved Muhyiddin to 'restructure' UMNO Johor. Many of PM Najib's men within the ranks of UMNO Johor today were then UMNO Youth Leaders. Their boss then was Muhyiddin.

5. Muhyiddin is not in close relation with many UMNO Johor grassroots because he didn't try hard enough. If he is ambitious and starts today, he would regain lost grounds in a little time.

6. Muhyiddin prefer a stronger UMNO more than anything else. He has done nothing at all to hurt UMNO.

7. That is a true mark of a natural born Johorean, with UMNO-red flowing through his veins.

Now my opinion and thoughts:

8. If Muhyiddin need not to do heavy work such as MOE, he could be UMNO Chief Whip and still remain as DPM, UMNO Deputy President and BN Deputy Chairman.

9 That would default him to go do his rounds not only all over Johor but the whole 191 Divisions. Enough time for Director of Operation for BN to get ready for the 14GE

10. Muhyiddin knows the peoples'-lingo. They trust him even though with the nonchalant expressionless face as he engages, its WYSIWYG. A leader as oppose of being a politician

Anonymous said...

No matter what excuses you give for this administration's goofs and foul-ups, come the 14GE, it will be voted out. Support for it is haemorhaging by the day and sadly UMNO's and BN's leadership currently seem paralysed.
Change this administration before it is too late. Najib carries too much baggage and the ship is sinking fast. Let someone else with little or no baggage to weigh him down take over the reins. The time is now. Later will be too late.

Anonymous said...

If muhyiddin does not play ball, the question now is how far will tun m take his rabble rousing.

He kept bringing down pms from tunku abd rahman, hussein onn, pak lah and now najub just to for pms to please him and administer in the manner he wish.

He talks of rights, democrasy and play victim when he bring down pms but was a draconian dictator very able in the abuse of power to preserve himself.

Muhyiddin will end up as his puppet and messenger if he assumes power. Life would hell to please a mahathir that will be growing senile but not less powerful.

Muhyiddin will be assuming a severely weakened BN and UMNO with Tun M's continual antic. That is if bn and umno win next pru. Muhyiddin is better off retired and enjoy his old age with family and cucu.

There is a strange feeling that tun m wants to see bn and umno lose. He has someone from opposition in mind. The ku li fan club and kelantanis will forever be dreamers

The opposition planted by tun m will absolutely not kow tow to him when assuming power.

In conclusion tun m has no end game and does not care for umno and bn but his corporate cronies. The issues he champion links to business interest, his cronies business interest and not the rakyat.

He exploits the growing pain from the transformation process as though he is concern for the rakyat.

It is noticeable that the success tun m fan club promote of the man are only monuments. System.failed under his dictatorship.

That is the past and we should be thinking of the future. If we continue to entertain tun m more public funds will be wasted on.his unrealistic dreams and long list of failed projrcts.

Anonymous said...

12.30 and 6.13

This posting is about Muhyidfin and not Najib. It would be excusable for those with reading disability and knowledge defociemt

Anonymous said...

Who do you wish to put?

Don't tell me another of Tun M's choice. He is incapable of making right choices

Anonymous said...


go for ku li , that's the only choice left...............

Anonymous said...


enon 9.28

Talking about Mahyuddin wont bring Najib down

cheers bro

A Voice said...

Plainly state your opinion, even if it differs. No hostilities, insults and bad languages be allowed release.

Just remived a comment.

No need to insult just coz I have an absolutely different point of view and will not feudelistically follow an effort with no end game in sight..

If inly argument is to accuse of paymaster, we can unhash each and every personalities with their money pursuit.There are even IPP taukeh.

Get a mirror ...

Yem said...

Biasa la bro. Inadequate people are emotional.

The message of your posting is that we are in a no option situation.

Muhyiddin has a past that will blow up immediately upon announcement he be new Prez or PM. If he survive, he will be a poodle to Dr M and country will return to the days of endless privatisation.

Ku Li will not kow tow with Tun M. He has his own mind. The moment he becomes PM he will fill up all important and strategic post with Kelantanis. Khoo Kay Peng will return to the corporate forefront.

Those are the immediate options to replace Najib. Zahid still a remote maybe. Hishamuddin re-rated from possible to no no. Shafie no way.

Azmin.has no experiance in admin or mgmt. Can see screw up in first week. His communication ability can only save him but nation will be in paralysis.

This Tun M game is unclear and unreliable. Other than.his staff, those in the forefront in his fight are desperados seeking monetary or career lifeline.

Anonymous said...

You have made a choice to support Najib. Do not try to paint yourself as bipartisan and trying to paint TSMY as unambituous.

If he decides to take on Najib so be it. If Najib as you say is fighting back and winning, why worry about TSMY?

Could it be you know Najib is losing ground and you trying to paint a rosy picture for him?

A Voice said...

Wooo anon 12.19

Since do people have ownership on all opinion?

Do you own TSMY to determine you must take certain position to be supportive or befriend TSMY. This is unschooled 3rd world politics thinking which is about power play and personalitivity driven than about governance, policies and nation building. Sometimes is about getting even for not being hired. Yet we are getting lots of comments accusing us of being hired guns.

Couple of hundreds or thousands wont buy us loyalty. Not even for 10 k. We do it out of conviction. Fact and the truth. Paid gun wont question pm communication team as weak. Hired gun wont criticised MAS or Maybank or Pemandu or Talent Corp etc etc.

My principle are simple siddeq amanah tabligh and fatanah. A lie does not justify whatever principle what is holding on to. Neither is it about winning or losing or what the masses perception think. The massess and even you do not know it enough about 1mdb to judge it correctly. Answer to god in the hereafter. Life on earth is temporal.

Anonymous said...

Teori terbaru dari orang putih yg tak blh jejak malaysia bahawa ku li jadi pm dan muhyidfin hanya pm. Kononnya daim dah bincang dgn ku li.

S46 tak minat ke muhyiddin. Sediakah muhyiddin jadi budak suruhan kepada ku li padahal dia yg pm? Dah mcm puppet pulak.

Lojik ke daim blh duduk bincang dgn ku li atas keredaan tun mahathir. Daim tahu ku li akan tahan biznes dan projeknya. Tun m tak berkenan dgn ku li selama2nya.

Politik ada pelbagai kemungkinan tapi tak lojik langsung teori ini.

Anonymous said...

Muhyiddin hanya president umno

A Voice said...

Sorry troll, no more.

Not appearing is not a criminal offense or moral offense. One has to know before able to appear, idiot!

Anonymous said...

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Najib knows that TSM is never a threat at all. TDM's effort
is not reaching its goal bekoz the replacement PM that he
wanted has a lot of baggage and is despised by the teachers-
community.

Have you ever met any teacher who thinks highly of
his effort at data submission at the end of the year?

Ans. ilek.


The YTL and MOE

It looked as if TMY is YTL's macai in the MOE. Even for non
compliance to spec YTL is paid close to 0.5 billion ringgit
[see Auditor's Report 2014]. The YES thingy that YTL supplied
is vvvv slow and arduos for teachers to submit loads of feedback
to Kementrian. So TDM is also a macai on YTL's list. So in effect
YTL takes care of Najib too when the opportunity arises!


So at the end of the day TMY appointment is 'dengan ihsan ' ketuanan Ros-Najib!


As pointed by some commenters, Ku Li would welcomed by the Kelantanese at large .


The civil service would soon be kelantanised and projects would go
to kelantan-inc companies! And kelantanese has no compassion for the melayus!

A massive number of kelantanese millionaires would appear overnight with the 'ihsan' of a mat-kelate of a PM. And 'royak kelate' will be
the 'national' in the civil service.


It would appear finally that hishammuddin is the likely successor when it is time for Najib to pack up and leave. [not poitawaran- like the Indian greeting]


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khong khek khuat

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Boggart said...

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Najib knows that TSM is never a threat at all. TDM's effort
is not reaching its goal bekoz the replacement PM that he
wanted has a lot of baggage and is despised by the teachers-
community. Have you ever met any teacher who thinks highly of
his effort at data submission at the end of the year?

Ans. ilek.

The YTL and MOE

It looked as if TMY is YTL's macai in the MOE. Even for non
compliance to spec YTL is paid close to 0.5 billion ringgit
[see Auditor's Report 2014]. The YES thingy that YTL supplied
is vvvv slow and arduos for teachers to submit loads of feedback
to Kementrian. So TDM is also a macai on YTL's list. So in effect
YTL takes care of Najib too when the oppurtunity arises!

So at the end of the day TMY appointment is 'dengan ihsan ' ketuanan Ros-Najib!


As pointed by some commenters, Ku Li would welcomed by the Kelantanese.

The civil service would soon be kelantanised and projects would go
kelantan-inc companies! And kelantanese has no compassion for melayus!

A massive number of kelantanese millionaires would appear overnight with the 'ihsan' of a mat-kelate of a PM.

It would appear finally that hishammuddin is the likely successor when it is time for Najib to pack up and leave. [not poitawaran- like the Indian greeting]


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khong khek khuat

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