Great minds think alike, but fools seldom differ and those with great minds normally think out of the box. Former premier Mahathir always thinks he has the greatest mind or intelligence amongst all the prime ministers of Malaysia. Heck, he even thought he was smarter than any prime minister or president within the Southeast Asian Nations during his era (actually he still thinks he’s still the smartest chap today). And for that matter, he hates Singapore’s former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew very much due to the public perception that Mahathir was in no way smarter than Mr Lee.
Lee Kuan Yew was the architect behind Singapore’s remarkable transformation from third-world country to first in just under a generation, something which remains a dream to Mahathir Mohamad. While both Lee Kuan Yew and Mahathir Mohamad are dictators who repeatedly clamp down on political opposition, Mahathir is perhaps a better political chess player although Mr Lee is obviously a winner in the game of monopoly. Lee Kuan Yew believes once you succeeded economically, the politics will be yours to command, On the other hand, Mahathir believes once you succeeded politically, the treasures of economy will be yours (to plunder *grin*).
Now, while Mr Lee Kuan Yew, 87, had announced more than 3 months ago that he was retiring from his cabinet position of Minister Mentor, Mahathir Mohamad, 86, had just hinted of his return to the politics, literally. In fact, this may be Mahathir’s final political battle against his protégé, Prime Minister Najib Razak, and his former deputy prime minister and Prime Minister Wannabe, Anwar Ibrahim. Those who read Romance of Three Kingdoms, a Chinese historical novel based on the events in the turbulent years near the end of the Han Dynasty in China during the second and third century, would conveniently equate Mahathir to Cao Cao, Najib to Sun Quan and Anwar to Liu Bei.
Yes, it was a bad equation – while Cao Cao’s cruel and merciless tyrant fits well into Mahathir’s character, the same cannot be said about Najib and Anwar’s equation but nevertheless the clash of these three political titans are set to begin soon. In fact, the war has already (officially) begun after Mahathir broke his silence post-Bersih 2.0 rally when he played reverse psychology game by “defending Penawar” and claimed there was no bad-blood between Najib and his powerful deputy, Muhyiddin, despite Penawar (an organization representing former UMNO members of Parliament headed by former Cabinet minister Aziz Shamsuddin, who was Mahathir’s political secretary from 1981 to 2002) has voiced its lack of confidence in Najib’s leadership and wants him to step down.
If you’ve noticed, surprisingly Penawar and the earlier hoo-haa about UMNO veteran Tengku Razaleigh’s Angkatan Amanah Rakyat (Amanah) have been mysteriously silent, as if Najib Razak has somehow become a saint. It seems Mahathir was taken aback by the indirect attacks from Najib administration and need re-planning. Many were talking about MAS-AirAsia merger deal and how the national-pride airlines is now taken over by AirAsia. But it was a clever plan by Najib (or Rosmah?) to rub salt in an old wound – a reminder of MAS huge losses and a revisit into the MAS scandal made famous by former MAS boss Tajudin Ramli’s allegation that his acquisition of a 32% stake in MAS in 1994 was done on the instruction of Mahathir and then finance minister Daim Zainuddin. Of course there’re other agendas with the merger.
Wasn’t Najib’s brother, CIMB CEO Nazir Razak, who brokered the MAS-AirAsia deal in the first place? As a bonus, Najib’s office boy, de facto law minister Nazri Aziz, was asked to play stupid, knowing even a small kid would smell the rat, by directing several government-linked companies (GLCs) to withdraw their ongoing suits against Tajuddin and settle the matter out-of-court. Come on, do you really think Najib & Rosmah Sdn Bhd was so stupid as to defend Tajuddin when the premier has everything to gain and nothing to lose if the trial goes public in full force?
It seems former Selangor state Chief Minister, Khir Toyo, is marked for sacrifice, together with former MCA president Ling Liong Sik. Both are fish big enough to project that the present Government is serious about combating corruption, at least that was the plan. That was why Khir Toyo was fuming mad about “Gang of 3 ministers” conspiring to have him jailed. And this time the battle for the throne is so great that the master Mahathir can’t save any of them. Heck, except for himself and his own sons, the former premier is not willing to bail out anyone.
Make no mistake about it – the PM Najib Razak is as stupid and coward as before. Now, he’s not even sure if he should call for a snap election on the auspicious date; 11-11-2011. If he were to play with Mahathir at the poker table, he’s toast. He should thank his lucky star wife, Rosmah Mansor. Sure, she’s not a genius but who said money cannot buy brains? In fact, she may even check-mate the old fox Mahathir if you go by the story about “alliance” between Sun Quan and Liu Bei against the arrogant Cao Cao in the Battle of Red Cliffs. I’ve said before that between Najib and Mahathir, Anwar would settle for the less lethal Najib. Likewise, between Najib and Anwar, Mahathir would prefer to ride on the back of donkey Najib.
So, with the possibility that Rosmah may “strongly advice” his hubby about delaying the snap election, Mahathir may have no choice but to back off from the initial plan in asking his protégé to fly kite by this year. Rosmah may just make the sale of ExxonMobil’s stake in oil refiner Esso Malaysia which was linked to Mahathir’s son a scandal that will haunt the 86 year-old man till he dies. Mahathir is ready for the Esso scandal but not his sons who were born with silver spoon. Hell, if the Lingam judge-fixing scandal can barely touched Mahathir, Esso scandal is chicken-feed. Rosmah may also think it’s a freaking good idea to prolong Anwar’s sodomy trial instead of wrapping-up the case to end Anwar’s ambition behind bars.
The idea of delaying the snap election to next year or even in 2013 is certainly disastrous – to all three parties. However if Mahathir dares to push his luck, Auntie Rosy may just do that. If she can’t have it, she may just destroy it. Furthermore, her sons are still too young to continue Razak’s dynasty into the third generation but the same cannot be said about Mahathir’s dynasty. There was a saying that while you can offend anyone, women will be someone you wouldn’t want to offend. Also, Mahathir is aware that unlike former premier Abdullah Badawi, he does not have a strong case about unseating Najib at UMNO Supreme Council. Badawi single-handedly lost the traditionally two-third majority in the 2008 general election while Najib has not even lead the National Front to any battle, yet.
Meanwhile, opposition especially the Selangor state is still in honeymoon, not knowing what will strike them come the next general election. Selangor Chief Minister Khalid still think he did a freaking good job when the sabotage is one of the daily menus. Khalid is as indecisive as Najib so he together with him comrade in Kedah state can kiss the Chief Ministership goodbye come next general election. The stake is high that Perak state will remain in BN’s (Barisan Nasional, National Front) pocket, thanks to sudden surge in phantom voters. Auntie Rosy knows his hubby is the most powerful person and if she plans to stay as the influencer, she can continue to do so by playing the right moves. If she’s smart enough, she can leverage on Anwar and Mahathir’s bad-blood to neutralize each other while she gains from their battle.
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