Who else was afraid of Najib? - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, November 05, 2018
Malaysiakini : “All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.” - John Arbuthnot
COMMENT | When the Pakatan
Harapan grand poobah claims that BN elected representatives will not be
allowed to join Bersatu en masse but instead have to go through a
“vetting” process, what the hell does this even mean?
The only elected reps that could join Bersatu are Umno elected reps.
This whole horse manure about vetting and standing for independents is
really just a fait accompli. And this – “Not those people who’ve got a charge against them” – is
really quite sinister. I mean if the state were really interested in
going after the den of thieves, which is what Harapan more or less
called Umno before May 9, then there really would not be anyone left
standing in Umno to cross over, right? So are there any ordinary members
who “just wanted to be elected representatives” in Umno?
This would mean you have to believe that there are Umno elected
representatives who did not want a first class ticket on the gravy
train? This would mean that you have to believe that there are elected
representatives who did not partake in the gravy train which was the
When Dr Mahathir Mohamad says that these elected representatives have
to be independents first but support the government, does anyone else
see how farcical this statement is? How can you be “independent” but
have to support the government? Although “appealing on bent knees” is exactly the kind of Mahafiraun
statement that gets a certain segment of the Malay polity worked up.
This, of course, will no doubt fire a very specific extremist base,
which poses far more of a danger to Malaysia than Harapan supporters
think that Umno does.
Of course, attempting to legally go after all these Umno miscreants
is problematic. For one it takes time. The Attorney-General’s Chambers
is already deep in covering the 1MDB scandal and of course the current
Umno president's scandal. Going after every elected Umno member is mendacious, considering those who left did not exactly join Harapan with clean hands. Systemic Umno corruption is just that a complicated web of
personalities, familial kinship and political alliances all wrapped
around the upper echelons of a bureaucracy divided into various petty
We are talking about decades of malfeasance with a cast of characters
that could very well include the reformers that are saving Malaysia
today. Besides, Mahathir has many loyalists from the old Umno regime who
were no doubt loyal to their old patron. These people no doubt helped
Bersatu in many ways before May 9 and are just waiting to cross over to
the new mothership. This is politics and someone like Mahathir has spent decades cultivating people who were loyal to him but publicly towed the
Washing away sins
While Mahathir entertains the idea of crossovers, Lim Kit Siang is
telling us that Umno is naïve to believe that it can wash its hands off
the 1MDB fiasco. When Kit Siang writes
something like this – “How else to square with over RM400 million of
1MDB funds disbursed to various Umno organisations and personalities?” –
what else could it mean but that the whole of Umno was involved in the
1MDB fiasco and that nobody is innocent in Umno.
Of course, if you left Umno and joined Harapan before May 9, then
your sins were washed away. Can anyone really make the claim that the
Bersatu folks are clean of the corruption that apparently was destroying
this country? Can anyone seriously make the claim that the then opposition knew
that they were essentially throwing in with people who knew exactly what
was going on but chose not to do anything until the old maverick
discovered that Umno was not bending to his will and left to form
I mean, really, when our prime minister says that someone like Tok Pa (Mustapa Mohamed, photo) was afraid to speak up against Najib Abdul Razak hence his entry into Bersatu was kosher, does this make any sense to anyone?
Suddenly people are talking about how Tok Pa was one of the better
Umno leaders, forgetting the fact that he was vilified (rightly so in my
opinion) by Harapan for toeing the Najib line. Who else was afraid of
Najib who now can be embraced into the bosom of Harapan?
Ramkarpal Singh said all there was to say about this when he reminded Harapan that it was a betrayal
of the mandate given to Harapan to accept crossovers. However, the
reality is that Bersatu or any other party entertaining the idea of
accepting these crossovers are not really interested in the elected
What they really are interested is in the Malay majority seats these
representatives bring and the base who voted for them. As one Bersatu
“online activist” told me – I like her a lot because unlike other
Harapan strategist she does not shovel horse manure in my direction –
that the goal is to get the representative, but replace him or her as
soon as possible with a “clean” candidate in the next general election.
The base will vote for the Bersatu candidate as they would have done
for the Umno candidate. People crossing over does not mean they want a
political career – some do – but what they want is their sins washed
away. “Like that Omar (from The Wire) quote, you like so much, Thaya,
the game is out there, either you play or get played,” the strategist
This is the reality. Umno members are going to join Harapan. Bersatu
cannot allow Umno to survive, especially with the internal schisms in
PKR. The big question is, how much of a fight Harapan is going to put up
and will the Harapan base, enamoured by the old maverick, going to
acquiesce to a BN redux?
Before the election when Mahathir went to the DAP convention and said
“I see amongst DAP members that some have a darker skin, some are a bit
brown, and not all are yellow and so on. No such thing, it’s just the
three races here.” Did anyone really believe, at that time, that there
were yellow-bellied Umno members waiting for the Messiah to lead them
out of the darkness?