While former PM Mahathir was worried about nothing else but his UMNO’s lavish partying, the latest being the RM250 million NFC scandal, which is driving the party into self-destruction through internal sabotage, the opposition parties are equally worried about something else. Mahathir had left his “101 Smart Corruption for the Dummies” to his successors but none bother to read it, let alone practice it. Mahathir is really mad because his formula has gone into recycle bins. He’s not going to see UMNO “tapau” (taken-away or dies) before he’s “tapau” himself.
Nobody seems to take seriously his formula that says “If you wish to take 100 bucks from the piggy bank, you have to make sure the economic gravy train is generating at least 200 bucks or more”. Mahathir is not about to let the infamous R.A.H.M.A.N. prophecy comes to fruition, not with his remaining few years left, if you choose to believe feng-shui masters’ prediction that he may live up to the auspicious age of 88. Judging by the number of media news coverage being published – ranging from political statements to business transactions – there’re glowing finger prints that Mahathir is making a come back, for the last time.
Mahathir called for Shahrizat, the minister who is tainted with the quarter of a billion ringgit NFC scandal, to quit before being “chased out” by her party. That speaks volume when 99.99% of the recent UMNO general assembly delegates chose to zip their mouth about the scandal instead. Shahrizat can continues to play dumb and hides under PM Najib’s chair while licks deputy PM Muhyiddin’s boot but the fact that her husband’s company hijacked part of the RM250 million to purchase luxury condos, overseas trips, plots of land, half a million ringgit Mercedes Benz CLS 350 CGI and naughty allegation of RM26,000 bra was enough to cost UMNO thousands of votes.
Mahathir also openly defended his buddy from Sarawak, Taib Mahmud, who had consistently delivered the “fixed-deposit votes” during the former PM’s 22-year-rule. It doesn’t matter that Switzerland-based Bruno Manser Fund said official documents show the Taib family stake in 14 Malaysian companies alone is worth US$1.46 billion. It definitely doesn’t matter that NGOs from six different countries issued a joint letter demanding that Malaysia’s authorities arrest and prosecute Mahmud Taib and 13 members of his family for massive fraud, theft, corruption, illegal appropriation of land and abuse of public office.
The reason why Mahathir is still defending the little dictator from Sarawak, despite the obvious corruption, is easily understandable. Mahathir badly needs Sarawak votes and he can count on Taib Mahmud to deliver, as long as the “peh-moh” (Taib Mahmud) is left to continue his plundering. Heck, birds of the same feather flock together so this is making Shahrizat scratching her head – why can’t she milked the RM250 million while Taib Mahmud is still milking the whole state of Sarawak to the tune of billions of ringgit? Obviously Taib is delivering the votes while Shahrizat’s costing UMNO thousands of votes.
Interestingly, Mahathir also decides who should get what in the latest Proton Holdings Berhad (KLSE: PROTON, stock-code 5304) acquisition deal, despite Khazanah being the major shareholder. Not only he made it known that DRB-Hicom, controlled by his buddy and crony Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhary, would win the bid for a controlling stake in Proton, one of his pet projects, he also said Khazanah Nasional should not sell its entire stake (currently at 42.7%) in Proton as this would trigger a mandatory general offer.
The most disturbing part was that Mahathir made it clear that he doesn’t care about others getting hurt as long as Proton is not hurt in the process of rejuvenating his pet Proton project. He talks as if he’s still the Prime Minister of the country. He doesn’t give opinions anymore but rather instructions of how things should work, to his favour. Like it or not, the trademark of Mahathirism is back and it’s written all over the wall. And the thought of Mahathir taking charge again is enough to send shivers down the opposition’s spine, particularly opposition de-facto leader Anwar Ibrahim. Let’s see when Daim Zainuddin is making his appearance, shall we?
It’s almost a certainty that Anwar will be handed a guilty verdict in the Sodomy Part 2 trial but Mahathir is not sweating about the after-effect. The unknown new batch of phantom voters would neutralize the fence-sitters who may decide to vote the opposition after Anwar’s verdict. That was why Mahathir confidently said the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional (BN) is in a good position to win the next 13th general election. As a matter of fact, if BN can survives the losses of 300,000 Malay votes in the 1999 general election, how many more Malay votes that haven’t crossed over to the opposition camp yet since Anwar’s Sodomy Part 1’s guilty verdict?
Mahathir is not going to let Anwar roaming freely just because PM Najib is dragging his feet. Mahathir will make sure UMNO-led Barisan Nasional continues to rule the country even by “un-democratic means”. And when Mahathir decides that the best defence is a good offence, it only means one thing – all hell will break loose. This indeed is worrying the opposition and whoever who thought that the coming 13th general election will see the demise of the corrupted UMNO. To put in perspective, Mahathir doesn’t care about others getting hurt as long as UMNO is not hurt. Now, Mahathir has send the opposition back to the drawing board.
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