Azmin Ali and his treacherous cohorts - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, February 24, 2020
Malaysiakini : “How easy it is, treachery. You just slide into it.” - Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood
| Azmin Ali treachery will go down in history as the most vicious
attack on the will of the rakyat. His treachery is enabled by the old
maverick and the incompetence of Anwar Ibrahim. Azmin should have been
sacked months ago but instead, Anwar played the traditional game of
Malay politics which he should have known has never served him well.
When I argued that Azmin Ali should be sacked, political operatives loyal to Azmin were livid. I raised two important points –
(1) If Azmin was demonstrating solidarity with his party when it came
to issues affecting his party, it would not make a difference if he had
a sub rosa agenda against Anwar Ibrahim. This is politics, after all.
However, Azmin’s continued reliance on outsiders to ferment trouble and
consolidate support is the existential threat facing PKR at this moment.
The fact that Anwar continues to genuflect before the prime minister,
someone who has shown tremendous public support for Azmin and
contempt for the Pakatan Harapan reform agenda, is demonstrative of how
weak the Harapan political establishment is. I have no idea how
Azmin loyalists can make the case that what they are doing is to save
the country when the assortment of religious fanatics, racial
provocateurs and corrupt officials who they are aligned with have
demonstrated utter contempt for Harapan and those attempting to save
Maria Chin claims that "If reorganising the
coalition is necessary, it must only be done by consensus. Harapan’s
spirit of shared prosperity and realising democratic reforms must be
maintained.” What does this even mean? If reforms are not carried out
she should be speaking about it instead of collaborating with power
structures within PKR. If Maria were sincerely interested in
reform, she would stay away from schisms within PKR and speak up on
important issues as an independent voice. Maria claims that she is
opposed to the idea of backdoor governments but Azmin has claimed that
his move is not a backdoor move, instead it is in keeping with
democratic processes. This is the kind of duplicity in word and deed
that political operatives are rightly despised for.
Azmin said this - "But I and the non-Malay leaders (who are aligned to
Azmin in PKR), we work as a team and they are credible leaders. I have
to make sure they have a role to play in the new coalition and, Alhamdulillah,
we managed to secure many agreements and they will be announced in the
near future,", which is gross because now we now that the non-Malay
supporters of Azmin were doing all of this for positions in the new
They betrayed the base for positions that they
believe were denied to them by the power brokers in Harapan. So what do
they do? They betray their party, the base and the numerous activists
that stuck out their necks for them in the hope of securing position and
prestige in the new Malay coalition. A coalition that includes Abdul
Hadi Awang who has said that non-Malays must be pak turut. Yeah, I can see how these non-Malays work well with Azmin.
partisans always warn of the possible return of Umno/PAS and here we
have Azmin forming a coalition with the very people who espouse ideas
which are anathema to the reformasi that Azmin believes he is
capable of enabling. This all boils down to racial politics and the fact
is Azmin has been a better player than his “leader” Anwar.
fact is, before the great compromise that resulted in the crowning of
Dr Mahathir Mohamad, politicians aligned with Mahathir, but in
opposition to the Najib regime, were still attacking the DAP as a racist
party bent on destroying the “social contract” of this country. How any
non-Malay leader feels comfortably in Azmin’s camp is beyond me. For
a long time, Malay power structures have been chafing at having to work
with the DAP and to a lesser extent PKR. If anything the old maverick
has been fanning the flames when it comes to dissatisfaction with
working with non-Malay partners.
Compromise is something he is
loathed to do. Azmin meanwhile is a perfect fit when it comes to
Mahathir's politics, not least of which is his willingness to betray
Anwar all the while trumpeting the reformasi cause which
ironically is supposed to be a rejection of Mahathirism. Racial
politics of the kind Azmin practices fits in neatly with the agenda of
This is why the Perak menteri besar gets a pass with his “lone battle against the DAP’ remark and the old maverick spins it as something else. Just
in case folks have forgotten what he said, it is actually the basis of
mainstream Malay politics - "I am fighting alone with the DAP clans. I
want to defend the Malay land and to fight for our religion. I am doing
this slowly," he said. "Thankfully, some friends in Umno don't scold me.
They are good with me,"If you are Bersatu it's good to have
friends like Umno, PAS and of course friends in PKR, led by a weak
leader and supported by non-Malay partners who are deluded into thinking
that they have not morphed into running dogs they accused the MCA of
For instance, now political operatives like the
Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof who argued that
the Malays have conceded too much
to racists, will be more confident in his Malay über alles agenda,
working in concert with someone like Azmin who argues that Harapan must
be unapologetic in its Malay agenda - "We must do so without feeling apologetic or fearful of the criticism of others."
reality is that Azmin made this play with the backing of the old
maverick. When the presidential council was having its transition
meeting, all this was set in motion. Anwar, as usual, was lured into a
trap and he continues believing that democratic practices and gentleman
agreement apply to these cretins. It does not. While Anwar
continues to make missteps after missteps, his enemies continue to make
strides while spitting in the faces of Harapan supporters. I hope
non-Malay supporters of Azmin are happy with their new positions.
Remember to earn every piece of ketuanan largess you receive.