Saturday, December 30, 2023

Dream on Dubai Move, Political stability is royal agenda

His Majesty Agong returned from Dubai. Although there is talk that the Sheraton Move team attempted a Dubai Move in pursuit of his Majesty, that talk makes no sense.

Dorairaj Nadason column in the Star today entitled "With stability, 2024 has a promise" mentioned neither current nor upcoming Agong will tolerate another destabilising change of government.

Heard Agong was the stumbling block to Shafie Apdal and Bung-ok Mokhtar's Kinabalu Move to topple GRS. failed.

Problem with Dorairaj was his obsession to expect the ambitous promises can be delivered as swift as abracadabra. 

Perhaps naive and immature to appreciate the complex and delicate manouvering needed to achieve stability before the delicate economic, fiscal and institutional reform can be achieved. 

The Star wrote of the difficult road to political stability in its review of politics in 2023 entitled "Calm after the political storm". Guess he did not read the newspaper he wrote for.

Change is a process. 

More so one is talking about change after the decades of plunder, anarchy and injustice brought by 22 years + 22 months of Mahathirism and his self preservation via the past three Prime Ministers that put the country in a fiscal bind. 

Ah! Reporters ....just cause they have good command of English, they sound rationale. Sometimes they are no different from the loud empty vessels and know-it-all drunkards hanging out on bar stools.  

Calm after the political storm



Friday, 29 Dec 2023

PETALING JAYA: Politics continued to dominate the Malaysian landscape with several major events in 2023, including the closely watched six state elections and the emergence of a new political culture where loyalty pledges were given to the Prime Minister by Opposition MPs.

Here are five significant political events that took place this year:

Change in political alliances

Bersatu, part of the Opposition coalition Perikatan Nasional, saw a number of its MPs switch their support to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

They were Datuk Iskandar Dzulkarnain Abdul Khalid (Kuala Kangsar), Zahari Kechik (Jeli), Mohd Azizi Abu Naim (Gua Musang), Datuk Dr Suhaili Abdul Rahman (Labuan), and Datuk Syed Abu Hussin Hafiz Syed Abdul Fasal (Bukit Gantang).

Despite the anti-party hopping law, the five did not lose their seats because they did not resign from Bersatu, and they were not sacked by their party.

On Sept 10, Muda president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman announced that his party would no longer be part of the Madani government following its dissatisfaction with a number of actions, not least of which the discharge not amounting to an acquittal secured by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in his corruption case.

Two months later, the Muar MP was found guilty of corruption over the misappropriation of funds belonging to Muda’s youth wing when he was heading it. Syed Saddiq later relinquished his post as Muda president.

Cabinet reshuffle

On Dec 12, slightly over a year since the formation of the unity government, the Prime Minister announced a reshuffled and an enlarged Cabinet, from 28 to 31 members. Among the new faces are former Employees Provident Fund CEO Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan as Finance Minister II and the return of Titiwangsa MP Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani (as the Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister), Damansara MP Gobind Singh Deo (Digital) and Kuala Selangor MP Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (Health).

Dr Zaliha Mustafa was moved from the Health Ministry to take charge of Federal Territories affairs, while Datuk Armizan Ali, the acting Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister, took over the ministry.

The new line-up also saw the departure of Batu Gajah MP V. Sivakumar from the Human Resources Ministry, which is now helmed by Steven Sim, formerly a deputy finance minister.

A test on unity government and Malay support

In August, the six states that did not hold their state polls concurrently with the 15th General Election (GE15) finally held them. It was status quo, with Pakatan Harapan-Barisan Nasional winning Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Penang. Perikatan retained Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah.

While the state elections did not have a direct impact on the federal administration, they were widely viewed as a barometer of the acceptance of the fledgling unity government.

The results showed that Perikatan’s so-called “green wave” had gained strength, with the coalition winning a good number of Malay-majority seats even in Pakatan strongholds.

Six by-elections

The sudden death of then Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub on July 23 triggered two by-elections in Johor – the Pulai parliamentary and Simpang Jeram state seats. The late deputy president of Amanah was synonymous with “Payung Rahmah” initiatives to help alleviate the people’s cost of living woes.

Pakatan retained both seats on Sept 9 with Pulai going to Suhaizan Kayat and Simpang Jeram to Nazri Abdul Rahman, both from Amanah.

The death of Pahang exco member Datuk Seri Johari Harun in an air crash in Elmina, Shah Alam, on Aug 17 led to a by-election for the Pelangai state seat. Datuk Amizar Abu Adam, representing Umno-Barisan, recaptured it for the coalition.

Another by-election was held on Nov 4 following the passing of Datuk Talib Zulpilip, the assemblyman for Jepak in Bintulu, Sarawak, with Gabungan Parti Sarawak keeping the seat through Iskandar Turkee.

Two other parliamentary by-elections took place in Terengganu after the court found elements of bribery by Perikatan’s PAS and nullified the victories. PAS chose not to appeal the decision.

In Kuala Terengganu, PAS central working committee member Datuk Ahmad Amzad Hashim repeated his victory when the by-election was held together with the state election on Aug 12.

Earlier this month, Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar, a surprise candidate from PAS for the Kemaman by-election, beat his opponent from Umno-Barisan in a landslide victory, proving his popularity and potential as a future prime minister candidate for Perikatan.

Umno purge

There was a “mass cleansing” of its top leadership, with former Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and supreme council member Tan Sri Noh Omar axed from the party. Khairy’s removal came after he repeatedly criticised party president Ahmad Zahid following Umno’s dismal outing in GE15.

Others punished included Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, a former vice-president who was suspended for six years.

During the party polls for the 2023/2026 term, there was no contest for the top two posts, said to prevent factions in the party. For the vice-presidential race, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin retained one of the three posts. The other two went to Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail and Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani.

Since Dubai Move is being talked about and rumours going around that the two Tuns will be deploying billions to buy over MPs and topple Anwar, lets humour them by sharing the wishful thinking of Umar Mokhtar.

He used to be a regular contributor on the rumour mongering and highly spun Malaysia Today. Believed to be a reporter writing under a pseudonym.


That is being hatched in Dubai, dubbed as the Dubai Move, by the representative of UMNO, PN and GPS. The rumour is as absurd as even the YDPA is said to be there, whatever for! And of course, the spokesmen for the money-men.

The fear that is driving this last effort of the year to oust Anwar Ibrahim as PM is the constituency delineation. It is a genuine feeling among Bumiputeras that Anwar will sell Bumiputera political dominance down the drain if only to remain as PM, since it very unlikely that he will ever get enough Malay support. 

But he needs a two-third majority to be able to make the changes. That's where the drama begins. Afraid of some errant UMNO MPs withdrawing their support and thus jeopardising his plans, Anwar started the sale by 'buying' some Bersatu

MPs' support with more coming!

This provoked his detractors to hatch the current Dubai Move. It seems that Anwar may have underestimated the Bumiputera resolve to remain politically dominant. So foes unite to become allies, to avoid Anwar's Cheap Sale!  Anwar is DAP's only chance to correct 'many wrongs' committed by their elders.

A lot of money is needed that will set up hundreds of MPs for life. In a country where everything is for sale, this is perfect. Money is no object. There's always Mahathir and Daim to help and at the same time make it safe for their money with the regime change!

Anwar perhaps smelled this, so efforts are made to block their money by legal means which only an incumbent PM can do!

This climatic war is only beginning. Whatever the outcome, the most certain thing is, it is the people that will end up losers!

You believe in politicians!


Its a mindgame piece to instill into the public mind that the toppling of PMX is feasible as they figure out how to execute the plan hatched more than 6 minths ago.

Its no different than the mindgame of school dropouts Mahathir cytro two Fridays ago.

Since Nov 17 posting, PN defection is 5 and more coming. How will Hamzah achieve 115 without PAS?

The difficult part of the plan is how to win over GRS and GPS despite the presence of extremist Khawarij PAS in PN. 

Apparently Hamzah has a plan to achieve 115 with the political drama of Bersatu pretending to quarel with PAS and PN split. Nice try and all the best! All is fair in love and war.

As ABITW entitled his last posting, "What good is there to ssupport Mahathir and Daim?

Do ponder. Better to notbwaste anymore time. Seize their's and family's ill-gotten wealth to help pare down the national debt or redistribute back to the people it was stolen from.

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