There is nothing more embarrassing than seeing a political party having to use its enemy’s influence to bring their enemy down. But, this is what Pakatan Rakyat is doing, using the influence of former Premier, Tun Mahathir, to bring down Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Najib.
It is clear that PR is aware that their party is beginning to lose its influence and that all of their leaders do not have enough ‘aura’ to influence rakyat.
They definitely thought of this tactic after seeing how wise all of Tun Mahathir’s opinions on Tun Abdullah’s leadership once back, has managed to influence rakyat about their dissatisfaction over Tun Abdullah’s leadership. From there, Tun Abdullah had to hand over his power to Dato’ Seri Najib, which is feared by the opposition.
The opposition’s fear over Dato’ Seri Najib was so obvious that they had to create a lot of accusations against him to ensure that he would not be the replacement for Tun Abdullah.
Sadly for opposition, their attacks over Dato’ Seri Najib only convinced rakyat that he is the best candidate.
Record even showed that Tun Mahathir has always been supporting Najib during the leadership crisis which happened in the government back then. It was recorded a few times that Tun Mahathir stated that his first choice was Dato’ Seri Najib, but he somehow made the wrong decision for giving the chance to Tun Abdullah due to the ‘seniority’ culture, and that he believed that Dato’ Seri Najib can wait because he was still young then.
However, the opposition ignored all of those statements and they choose to ‘hold onto’ Tun Mahathir’s recent statement when asked whether Dato’ Seri Najib needs to resign if BN lose or fall in the coming GE13. For your information, the same matter was asked once by Malaysian Insider a few months ago and today it was brought back and spread by PR social network.
As usual, Tun Mahathir answered the question without going around the bushes, that is how it should be anyways.
Considering that we are aware of Tun Mahathir’s consistency in standing by his statements, obviously knew the answer which Tun Mahathir would give. The proof, he made such statement to Tunku Abdul Rahman as well as Tun Abdullah Badawi when their leadership and support became weaker and the ruling party received bad results in elections.
So, for the opposition to use Tun Mahathir’s ‘standart’ response as their political interest to bring down Dato’ Seri Najib is just sad. It seem like they are really running out of issue to play with.
The weird thing is, this matter is used when rakyat themselves could see how Tun Mahathir roam around the country complimenting Dato’ Seri Najib’s leadership and urge rakyat to give full support towards the Prime Minister. He also quoted a few key economics which show great growth under the leadership of Dato’ Seri Najib and he always support any actions taken by the government.
Based on what is happening, what PR is trying to convey, saying that Tun Mahathir is not convinced with Dato’ Seri Najib does not make any sense at all. Especially when PR claim that Tun Mahathir ‘prefers’ Tan Sri Muhyiddin to lead the country.
The strategy to clash BN leaders will not work because it is just not true. UMNO and BN leaders are not like leaders of PKR or DAP, or PAS where they would often fight against one another thanks to their own party members. UMNO/BN no longer have such issue because leaders with such issue have all gone to the opposition.
Logically, any of Tun Mahathir’s thoughts and opinion, on who he ‘favors’ should not be part of PR’s issue. Why would PR depend on the influence of their enemy in order to gain rakyat’s support?
Lastly, Tun Mahathir’s statement today saying,”there are no other candidate which can lead Malaysia, other than Dato’ Seri Najib,” should be taken as the fullstop to the opposition’s desperate attempt.