Does anyone really know who Saifuddin Abdullah is? - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, August 06, 2020
Malaysiakini : "What must be avoided is a coup d'etat by the deep state or undemocratic apparatus." – Saifuddin Abdullah
Maybe the next time former PKR man Saifuddin Abdullah uses a
disingenuous argument as to why Pakatan Harapan did not amend laws or
carry out reforms when they were in power, Harapan could point out that
Saifuddin was part of fellow party defector Azmin Ali’s "deep state"
that was sabotaging Harapan from within. The smugness in which Saifuddin (above) carries out his role as a potentate in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government has always rankled.
all, Azmin's deep state brought down the Harapan government. The
current communications and multimedia minister once claimed that the
deep state was out to destroy the democratic will of the people of this
When it came to human rights reforms, specifically the
Rome Statute, this is what Saifuddin publicly claimed: “It can be inside
the government and you can’t identify it. It is an agent provocateur
paid by certain quarters to create fear among the public. "On
social media, they distribute all kinds of stories and campaigns. It
could be fake news, half-truths, but the idea is to stop certain reforms
from going through or to sabotage good projects from being carried
It is funny that what Saifuddin is describing as a concerted
effort to destroy Harapan is exactly the kind of tactics and propaganda
used by the Azmin deep state to sow confusion and distrust among the
This misinformation campaign, combined with the old
maverick’s open hostility to Harapan's reform agenda and the succession
plan, were all part of an elaborate shadow play that brought down the
So, the next time Saifuddin implies that the
Harapan government was corrupt or asks why the Harapan government did
not do what they said they would do, maybe people can remind him of
Azmin's deep state, which sowed enough confusion and bureaucratic
mischief to hobble an elected government.
Saifuddin was part of the Harapan government and had warned of the deep
state, which he claimed was attempting to subvert the will of the
people, but he ultimately became part of the cabal that brought down the
coalition. Of course, the smugness that he exhibits now is telling of
the kind of political operative he is.
I have written extensively
about the incompetence of the Harapan political elite in dealing with
Azmin's treachery, so I will not get into it here. However, the idea
that Saifuddin is strutting around making all these accusations against
Harapan political operatives is demonstrative of the kind of arrogance
and hubris of this self-described Malay uber alles government.
Saifuddin's quote that opened this piece again. Now I do not know if he
is a changed man, but who knows what he was doing to destabilise
Harapan's policies when he was slithering around with Azmin and cohorts
when they were making mischief in Harapan.
Honestly, all you have
to do is go back to the public statements he made when he joined PN -
especially his insinuation that a certain multi-racial party objected to
the appointment of Lim Guan Eng as finance minister because he is
Chinese - to understand how folks like Saifuddin will say anything,
break any confidence or loyalty to further their mendacious agendas.
more recently, for example, when Lim was appointed as the finance
minister, there were objections in the early stages. If I were to reveal
which party was the one that objected, people will be surprised,"
Saifuddin had said.
Keep in mind Azmin's public
statements as well, with gems like: "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 (thank God), we managed to secure many agreements and they will be announced in the near future."
we know that everyone working for Azmin was doing so, with the implicit
knowledge that they would be rewarded in the new Malay uber alles
government. We know that their motive was for plum political positions
within the new administration.
I have more respect for Umno political operatives who did not jump ship
but instead chose to remain on the losing team rather than these
people, who had good positions in the Harapan government but who wanted
to reinforce a race-based political system to ensure hegemony over their
less fortunate brethren.
It is not as if the democratic process
was played out, and we just have to wait for the next election cycle. I
have no idea what these people are capable of because charlatans are
capable of anything to sustain their ploy, including eroding and
dismantling what’s left of our democratic institutions.
Saifuddin said that Harapan supporters should be wary of a coup d’etat
when he was supporting someone who would eventually carry out one, this
is the kind of degenerate politics which is, unfortunately, the
foundational ideology of PN.
When Saifuddin took over the helm of
the Communications and Multimedia Ministry, he claimed that he is the
same man. Which begs the question, is he the same man who warned the
public of a deep state? Or is he the same man who made that warning as
part of Azmin’s cabal who brought down a democratically elected
As I said, nobody knows and if he was not such a threat to our democratic institutions, nobody would care.